Russ Underwood
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Los Altos, Calif.

High School:
Monta Vista HS '06

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 170

Event:
Free

Major:
Biotechnology

2008-09: Qualified for the finals in the 50 free and 100 free along with the consolation finals in the 200 free at the Big West Championships, totaling 29 points... Best finish was 5th in the 50 free in a time of 20.19, which ranks second on the all-time UC Davis list... Finished 8th in the 100 free and 13th in the 200 free... Time of 44.79 in the 100 free and 1:39.51 in the 200 free rank 4th and 5th, respectively... Also swam on the 200 free (1:21.38) and 400 medley (2:56.97) relay teams at conference that captured respective 3rd and 2nd in school-record times... Swept all three distance free events in Cal State Bakersfield dual... Won 50 and 100 free at Anteater Shootout.

2007-08: Advanced to consolation finals in three freestyle events at Big West Conference Championships, scoring 12.0 total points... Finished 12th in 200 free, 14th in 50 free, 15th in 100 free... Member of all three free relay squads at conference, including school-record setting 200 free relay (1:22.49)... Won 100 free at three duals during the season: Denver, Seattle, UC Santa Cruz.

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.

MONTA VISTA HS '06: Garnered All-America honors in 50 free, 100 free, 200 free relay and 400 free relay as a senior... Won two Central Coast Section titles in each of last two seasons... Winning 2005 marks in 50 free (20.94) and 100 free (45.85) would rank among UC Davis' all-time top 10... Selected as Swimmer of the Year by San Jose Mercury-News... Voted as school's Outstanding Athlete and won Matador of the Year award... Also swam for Sunnyvale Swim Club for seven years... Set club records in 50, 100 and 200 freestyle... Earned team's Outstanding Swimmer award in 2005... Won USA Pacific Swimming Outstanding Age Group honor for 15-16s in 2005... Placed 3rd at USA Junior Nationals in 50 free that year.

PERSONAL: Born in Mountain View, Calif.... Has not declared a major... Parents are Jack & Janet Underwood... His advice for youngsters: "There is no traffic jam on the extra mile."