Yun Qu '04
Induction Class of 2011
A native of Hangzhou, China, Yun Qu swam at Binghamton from 2001-04. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Binghamton in 2005 with a degree in human development and went on to earn her master's degree in sports psychology at Ithaca College in 2006.
Qu came to campus as a transfer from Shen Zhen University and arrived as the most prominent international-level athlete in the school's history.
She had been a member of the Chinese national team from 1993-2000 and during her eight years representing China, Qu was ranked among the top 10 in the world in both the 100 and 200 butterfly. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, she placed fourth in the 200 fly, missing out on a medal by less than half a second. Qu won a pair of silver medals in the 100M and 200M fly at the 1994 FINA World Championships to help China capture the world title. She won 10 Chinese national championships and was the top-ranked swimmer in the world in the 200 fly from 1992-93.
In her three-year career at Binghamton, Qu was a two-time NCAA qualifier in the butterfly events and became the school's first Division I All-American with her 13th-place finish in the 200Y fly at the 2002 NCAA Championships. That year, she was named both the America East Swimmer of the Year and Binghamton's "Athlete of the Year."
In 2002-03, Qu repeated as America East champion in the 200 fly and earned a second straight trip to the NCAA Championship.
One year later, she made it three in a row with another 200 fly conference crown. In all, Qu won five conference titles and set seven school records.
She received America East Scholar-Athlete and ECAC Merit Medal honors and was awarded the University's John Bilos Award in 2004.
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