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Duke Swimming & Diving BIO
Chelsea Ye
Player Profile:
Chelsea Ye 819410
Position: Sprints/Fly/Back
Year: Senior
City/State: Oklahoma City, Okla.
High School: Classen Scl. of Advanced Stud.

Career: Two-time NCAA qualifier, competing on Blue Devil relays at the national meet in 2014 and 2016 … Four-year member of Duke’s ACC Championship team … Rounded out career ranked sixth on the program’s all-time performance list in the 50 (23.08), 100 (50.37) and 200 (1:49.22) freestyle … Also graduated with program record in the 400 freestyle relay (3:16.37). 

Honors: ACC Academic Honor Roll (2015, 2016)

2015-16: Swam on Duke’s 400 freestyle relay in the preliminaries of the NCAA Championship … Group qualified for NCAAs after breaking the program record and surpassing the NCAA provisional standard with a 3:16.37 mark in the fall at the Nike Cup Invitational … Clocked career bests in the 100 freestyle (50.37) and the 100 backstroke (55.62) during the preliminaries of the ACC Championship … Also competed on the Blue Devils’ 200 and 400 freestyle relays at ACCs, guiding them to a pair of fifth-place finishes … Won the 100 freestyle at South Carolina (1/8) … Also helped Duke’s 400 freestyle relay take first against the Gamecocks … Claimed first in the 100 freestyle against Old Dominion and William & Mary (11/7). 

2014-15: Competed on Duke’s 400 freestyle relay at the ACC Championship, helping the group clock the second-fastest mark in program history at 3:21.21 … Member of 200 freestyle relay that finished third at the Nike Cup Invitational … Among the Blue Devils’ top performers in the 100 freestyle as a junior. 

2013-14: Member of Duke’s 200 freestyle relay that qualified for the NCAA Championship ... At NCAAs, helped the relay break the previous school record with a 1:29.90 clocking ... That relay finished fifth overall at the ACC Championship ... Also set a program record as a member of the 400 freestyle relay at ACCs (3:20.13) ... Individually, finaled in the 50 and 100 freestyle at the conference meet, placing 23rd and 19th, respectively ... Posted best times of 23.14 in the 50 and 50.44 in the 100 at ACCs which ranked her third all-time at Duke ... Guided the 200 medley relay to three first-place finishes during the regular season.

2012-13: Duke’s top performer in the 200 freestyle as a freshman ... Helped the Blue Devils’ 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle relays establish new program records at the ACC Championships ... The 200 freestyle relay also earned an NCAA provisional cut at 1:30.56 ... Posted best times in the 50 freestyle (23.33), 100 freestyle (51.45) and the 200 freestyle (1:49.22) at the conference meet while qualifying for the bonus final in the 50 and 200 freestyle ... Won the 100 freestyle against South Carolina ... Competed on Duke’s ‘A’ relays throughout the season, guiding the 200 medley relay to three first-place finishes ... Member of the first-place 400 medley relay team at the season-opening All-North Carolina Invitational, as well as the winning 400 freestyle relay against South Carolina.

Prior to Duke: Completed prep career at the Classen School of Advanced Studies ... Earned all-state distinction as a senior ... Named district female athlete of the year her final season ... Tabbed all-city as a junior ... Member of the Chesapeake Swim Club ... Nationals and Junior Nationals participant ... Valedictorian of her graduating class ... Member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born Chelsea Mary Ye on July 4, 1994 in Oklahoma City ... Daughter of Ye Yong and Shirley Liu ... Has one brother, Jonathan ... Favorite athlete is American swimmer Nathan Adrian.   

Ye Career Bests:

50 Free 23.08 6th all-time at Duke
100 Free 50.37 6th all-time at Duke
200 Free 1:49.22 6th all-time at Duke
100 Back 55.62  


On Duke's Relays:

400 Free Relay 3:16.37 Duke record
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