Russell Taylor
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Arcata, Calif.

High School:
Mattole Triple Junction HS '04

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 177

Event:
Breast/IM

Major:
Exercise Biology

2006-07: Advanced to finals in all three of his events at Big West Conference Championships, scoring 40.0 points... Finished 4th in 200 breast, 6th in 100 breast, 7th in 200 IM... Also part of four top-four relays at conference meet: 400 free relay (3rd), 800 free relay (2nd), 200 medley relay (4th), 400 medley relay (3rd)... Both medley foursomes and 400 free relay set school records at Big West.

2005-06: Made three event finals at Big West Conference Championships for total of 38.0 points... Placed 6th in both 200 IM and 200 breast, plus 7th in 100 breast... Hit PR of 57.89 in 100 breast prelim, 5th in UC Davis record book... Also swam with 200 medley relay (4th) and 400 medley relay (5th) at conference meet.

2004-05: Was Aggies' high scorer at Big West meet, placing 3rd in 200 IM and 7th in both breaststroke events for 40.0 total points... Also member of 400 free relay, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay teams, each of which took 4th at conference... Ranks 4th on school's 200 IM list at 1:51.94, while Big West time in 200 breast (2:05.26 in prelim) ranks 5th all-time... Competed in 400 IM (14th), 100 fly (25th) and 200 fly (14th) at American Short Course Championships... Mark of 4:04.86 in 400 IM prelims at nationals places him 5th in UC Davis annals... Hit mark of 1:53.13 in 200 fly in dual with Pacific, 7th in school history.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Arcata HS for sophomore and junior years, then Triple Junction HS for his senior year (2003-04)... Placed 2nd in 100 free, 7th in 200 IM at North Coast Section championships in 2004... Also qualified for CIF-NCS meet in 100 breast.

PERSONAL: Born in Arcata, Calif.... Majoring in exercise biology... Parents are Gary Taylor and Patricia Parsons... Career highlight was placing 3rd in 200 IM at 2005 Big West meet... Wants to add another event to his sport: the underwater 50... Lists Natalie Coughlin as his sports hero.