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Cale Russell
Cale Russell
Distance Free

Cale Russell

Distance Free

Height 5-10
Major Computer Science
Hometown Ocala, Fla.
Last School Vanguard
Club Team Central Florida Marlins Swim Club
Year Junior
Cale Russell

Biography

2019-20 (Sophomore): Top distance freestyler for the Yellow Jackets this season who competed in the 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 free … His 1650 free was an NCAA B qualifying time of 15:13.41 at the ACC Championships, which ranks sixth all-time, and his 1000 free split (9:12.39) ranks seventh in program history … Turned in his fastest 200 free (1:41.00) and 500 free (4:27.45) at the ACC Championships … Also had a strong showing at the Georgia Tech Invitational in the 200 free (1:43.10), 500 free (4:36.61) and 1650 free (15:32.44) … In the 1000 free, won gold against Georgia Southern, SCAD (9:31.07) and took third against Florida State (9:27.16) … Earned top-5 finishes in the 500 free against Florida State (4:40.69), in the 1000 free against South Carolina (9:30.92) and Auburn (9:33.53), and in the 1650 free against Tennessee (16:07.84).

2018-19 (Freshman): Competed in the 200 free, 500 free, 1000 free and 1650 free for the Jackets … Recorded one NCAA B qualifying time, finishing the 1650 free 15:18.62 at the ACC Championships, which also ranks 10th in program history … Also swam his fastest 200 free (1:42.57), 500 free (4:28.57) and 1000 free (9:13.88) of the season at the ACC Championships … His 1000 free time at the ACC Championships ranks seventh in program history … Finished first in the 500 free at the FAU Fun in the Sun Invite, with a time of 4:38.35 … Finished second in the 1000 free (9:42.79), and third in the 500 free (4:44.32) vs. FGCU, SCAD … Placed third in the 1000 free (9:31.17) vs. South Carolina … Finished fourth in the 1000 free vs. Denver (9:34.52) and Auburn (9:35.88) … Finished ninth in the 1650 free with a time of  15:27.90 at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

Before Tech:  A four-year letter award winner at Vanguard High School for head coach Kyle VanArsdal … A two-time USA Swimming scholastic all-American … Also a two-time member of the Florida Swimming Open Water All-Star Team (2017 and 2018) … Holds the county record in the 500 free which he set his senior season … Placed eighth in the 1500 LCM free (15:49.76) at the 2018 Speedo Junior National Championships … Recorded a third-place showing in the 1650 free (15:30.18), a fourth-place finish in the 1000 free (9:19.25) and a sixth-place finish in the 500 free (4:32.14) at the 2018 Florida Swimming Senior SCY Championships … Posted a top-10 finish at the 2017 FHSAA 3A State Championships, placing 10th in the 500 free (4:37.80) … Finished third overall in the 500 free (4:42.42) at the 2017 FHSAA 3A Region 1 and in the 1500 LCM free (16:01.68) at the 2017 USA Swimming Futures Championships … Posted two top-10 finishes at the 2017 Swimming Senior SCY Championships, placing fourth in the 1650 free (15:45.38) and seventh in the 1000 free (9:24.28) … A four-time finalist at the 2016 Florida Swimming Senior LCM Championships, finishing second overall in the 1500 LCM free third in the 800 LCM free, and fifth in both the 400 LCM free and in the 200 LCM fly … An honor roll member and an AP scholar … A member of both the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society … Graduated with highest honors … Also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

Personal:  Has a younger brother … Started swimming at the age of five … Chose Tech because it is the school of his dreams both academically and athletically … Also enjoys competing in triathlons, building model planes and doing volunteer work … Lists his most memorable athletic accomplishment as taking first-place overall in the 5K swim at the 2018 Open Water Southern Zones … Plans to major in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

 

 

 

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