AS A JUNIOR: 2015 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete selection â€¦ raced exclusively with the Irish second varsity eight during the spring â€¦ turned in three runner-up performances at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational, clocking a top time of 6:09.153 during the final regatta session â€¦ defeated No. RV Michigan State with a winning time of 6:36.29 during afternoon racing at the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual â€¦ pair of runner-up results at the Lake Natoma Invitational before winning the final heat of the weekend against No. 6 Stanford and Sacramento State with a time of 6:47.00 â€¦ claimed a Friday victory with the second varsity eight (7:00.60) at the Dale England Cup â€¦ third place in the grand final of the second varsity eight (6:36.60) at the ACC Championship in Clemson, South Carolina â€¦ finished in 17th place overall at the NCAA Championship regatta after notching the fifth-fastest time (7:02.703) in the C final at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Rowed primarily with third varsity four boat … raced to a second place finish behind Louisville in first race at Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational (7:50.745) … fell behind a fellow Irish entry and eventual NCAA champion Ohio State at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in a time of 8:17.09 … won first race at the Dale England Cup ahead of Indiana with a time of 6:43.70, before coming in third place with the second varsity four “B” boat (7:35.80) … ended season with a runner-up finish in the third varsity eight final at the ACC Championship, finishing with a time of 6:56.40.
AS A FRESHMAN: Competed in selected races with the first novice eight team throughout the season … won first race at Michigan State as a member of the A-team boat with a time of 7:26.00 … claimed first against host Michigan State in the second race after logging a 7:44.90 mark … came in second behind Michigan in both races at the Ohio State Invitational … crossed in 7:42.42 in the morning and 7:46.32 in the afternoon … stayed in the A-team boat at the Dale England Cup and finished first in first two races of the weekend … placed behind host Indiana in third and final race, crossing the finish line in 8:09.8 … stroked with the third varsity four boat at the BIG EAST Championship, winning the grand final race ahead of Louisville in 8:20.902.
PREP AND PERSONAL: graduated from O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon, Ill. … played soccer for the school team for three years, ran cross country four … played club soccer with the Belleville Futbol Club from 2006-08 and the O’Fallon Kixx Soccer Club in 2009 … as a member of the cross country team, was named second-team all conference as a sophomore and participated in the state meet … cross country team went on to be both conference and regional champions from 2008-11 … was named to the Chicago Tribune All-State Academic Team … was a youth leader of the year finalist in 2011 for the National Council on Youth Leadership … led her youth group on mission trips to Appalachia … was class treasurer freshman through junior year, and student body secretary senior year … member of the National Honors Society and German National Honors Society … is involved with the Glynn Family Honors Program … is an undergraduate researcher in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering department at Notre Dame … member of FIDES and GlobeMed … daughter of Michael and Kathryn Russel, who both attended the U.S. Air Force Academy … has one sister, Rachel … enrolled in the College of Science, majoring in physics in medicine.