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    James McEldrew  
    James McEldrew


    North Wales, PA

    High School:
    Germantown Academy

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 160


    AS A SOPHOMORE: Clocked a season-best 400 IM time of 3:53.91 at the BIG EAST Championships, earning a sixth-place finish ... garnered two top-eight finishes at the Northwestern Invitational in the 400 IM (4:04.38) and the 200 back (1:52.39) ... at the Shamrock Invitational, participated in the 1,650 free, earning a sixth-place finish with a time of 4:04.30 ... also swam the 200 back and 800 free relay in the same meet ... brought home a runner-up finish against Louisville in the 1,000 free (9:28.88) ... was the fastest swimmer in the 500 free against Pittsburgh with a time of 4:35.58 ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... monogram winner.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Distance freestyle and backstroke specialist for the Irish who set the top time in team history in the 1,000 free during his first season ... set the new record in the 1,000 free (9:13.41) as a split of his 1,650 free swim at the BIG EAST Championships, where he would eventually finish fifth (15:28.19) ... also recorded two eighth-place finishes at the same meet, setting season-best times in prelims in the 500 free (4:27.05) and the 200 back (1:47.68) ... placed second in the 1,000 free (9:21.53) against league foe Louisville ... placed first in the same event against Pittsburgh, turning in a time of 9:25.95 ... took gold in the 1,650 free against Michigan State with a time of 15:44.39 ... also competed in dual meets against Northwestern and a quad meet against Michigan, Oakland, and TCU ... represented the Irish at the 2012 US Olympic Trials, competing in the 1,500 meter free (16:16.16, 82nd) and the 200 meter back (2:05.68, 75th) ... earned a monogram.

    PREP AND PERSONAL: 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in 200 back and 1,500 free ... All-American in the 500 free (4:31.36) as a junior ... four-year letterwinner and two-time captain for Richard Shoulberg at Germantown Academy (Pa.) ... twice named All-American and two-time team captain ... three-time all-conference performer ... qualified for three events at the Grand Prix Meet in 2010 ... U.S. Nationals qualifier ... member of the Community Service Organization ... full name is James Joseph McEldrew ... one of four children ... son of Debbie and James McEldrew ... sisters Kelly (Georgetown) and Caitlin (Oberlin) both ran track and cross country at the collegiate level ... enrolled in the College of Science, majoring in science-business.

    McEldrew's Career Bests

    Event Time Meet
    500 Free 4:27.05 BIG EAST (2012)
    1,000 Free 9:13.41 BIG EAST (2012)
    1,650 Free 15:28.19 BIG EAST (2012)
    200 Back 1:47.68 BIG EAST (2012)
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