Ming Hsu Robinson


Ming Hsu Robinson (Swimming, 1980-84) 

Ming Hsu Robinson was all about excellence as a swimmer and scholar as she shined in the pool and in the classroom with equal success. By doing so, she helped blaze a trail that female student-athletes continue to follow today. Considered at the time as unquestionably the greatest swimmer in the school’s history, Ming arrived on the campus from California during an era when women’s varsity athletics were in their infancy. She helped the Commodores to an NCAA Division II championship while preparing for a career in medicine, graduating cum laude. She graduated from Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1988 and is now in private practice as an Obstetrician-Gynecologist in Laguna Hills, Calif.

  • NCAA All-American 1981-84
  • NAIA All-American 1981
  • Vanderbilt Female Athlete of the Year 1983, 1984
  • Captain of swim team, 1984
  • Competed in four national championships
  • McDonald’s Award of Distinction for Outstanding Citizenship and Athletic Achievement, 1983
  • Swam at the Esso Cup (Canadian Olympic Trials), 1980
  • Held VU records in three individual events and two relays
  • Member of Mortar Board
  • Member of Admissions Committee
  • Vice-President of General Biology Majors Club
  • Doctor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, 1988
  • Chief Resident Obstetrics-Gynecology, 1991-92