Naoko Watanabe
Naoko Watanabe

Player Profile

Santa Clara, CA

High School:




2004 Olympic trials qualifier in the 100m and 200m Back.

Summer 2003 -- Placed 14th in the 200m Back (2:17.95) and competed in the 100m Back (1:04.55) at the U.S. Nationals.

2002-2003 -- At the Pac-10 Championships, placed seventh in the 200 Back and ninth in the 100 Back ... Placed in the top-five of every regular season competition ... Swam career bests of 55.63 (100 Back) and 1:59.54 (200 Back) ... Received Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention ... Was a team mentor and Bruin Athletic Council representative ... Received the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Award.

Summer 2002 -- Competed in the 100 and 200 Back at U.S. Nationals, and placed sixth in the 400 Medley Relay.

2001-2002 -- At the Pac-10 Championships, placed 13th in the 100 Back and 23rd in the 200 Back ... Swam a lifetime best 56.81 in the 100 Back at the Pac-10 Championships ... Recorded 16 top-three finishes on the season, including a first place finish in the 200 Back against Arizona State and Stanford ... At Spring Nationals, placed 21st in the 200 Back and 23rd in the 100 Back ... On the Athletic Director's Honor Roll ... Received Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.

Summer 2001 -- At Nationals, swam the first leg of the sixth place 400 Medley Relay team in 1:05.95 ...Was a top-eight finalist in the 200 Back at the Santa Clara International meet.

2000-2001-- At Pac-10s, finished seventh in the 200 Back ...Also at Pac-10s, swam a lifetime best in the 100 Back (57.42) and a season best 2:01.95 in the 200 Back ...Had nine top-three finishes on the season ...On the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

Summer 2000 -- Won the 200 Back at the U.S. Summer Junior Nationals with a time of 2:20.11.

High School -- Four-year letter-winner at Cupertino ...Was a CCS finalist in 1999 and 2000 in the 200 IM and 100 Back ...League Champion in the 100 Back her senior season ...School record holder in the 100 Back and 200 IM ...Lead off swimmer for the winning 400 Medley Relay at the 2000 spring Junior Nationals ...Swam for the De Anza Cupertino Aquatics under coach Pete Raykovich.

Personal -- Born June 25, 1982 in Mountain View, CA ... Daughter of Yoshio and Michiyo Watanabe ...Has one older brother, Jun and an older sister, Machiko ... Enjoys swimming because it allows her to travel and meet new people while staying in shape ... Hobbies include taking pictures and hanging out with friends ... Sociology major.

Watanabe's Career Bests
100 Back - 55.63
200 Back - 1:59.54

Long Course Bests
100m Back - 1:04.55
200m Back - 2:17.95