AS A SENIOR:Finished his career as a versatile swimmer, competing in mostly free and back events… had two first place wins against Michigan State… 200 back (1:51.48) and 400 IM (4:04.03… had four other top-five finishes in the 200 back… fastest time for 200 back was against Virgina Tech and Pittsburgh where he placed fifth (1:51.17)... also swam to ninth in the event at the Hawkeye Invitational (1:49.19)... also had his season best in 1650 free at the Hawkeye Invitational (16:06.94) where he touched the wall 16th… touched the wall seventh at the same invitational in 400 IM finals (3:59.00)... finished 1000 free in 9:40.35 twice, placing fourth against Purdue and swimming to eighth against Wisconsin.
AS A JUNIOR: Swam a wide variety of events for the Irish, primarily the 500 free and 200 back ... came in fifth in sole outing in 200 free (1:46.28) against Cleveland State ... touched the wall 12th in 500 free (4:27.85) at Hawkeye Invitational ... finished seventh in 500 free (4:35.19) at Shamrock Invite ... in tri-meet with Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, came in sixth in 1,000 free (9:35.12) ... was fourth in 1,000 free (9:43.62) in dual meet against Air Force ... came in second in lone outing in 1,650 free against Michigan State and Virginia Tech, clocking a 16:09.19 time ... finished 13th in 100 back (51.51) at Hawkeye Invitational, after placing 10th in preliminary heat (50.80) ... set career record in 200 back (1:46.93) at Hawkeye Invitational ... came in fourth in 200 back (1:49.17) at Shamrock Invite ... highest finish of the season in 200 back came against Purdue, where he touched the wall in second place (1:50.54) ... came in third several times in 200 back, clocking in at 1:49.36 against Louisville, 1:50.11 versus Wisconsin and 1:50.42 against Northwestern and Michigan ... tried his hand a couple times in 400 IM, earning a second-place finish at Shamrock Invite with 3:59.03 mark ... set career record at Hawkeye Invite in 400 IM (3:55.04), good for fourth place.
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 ... earned a monogram.
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 ... graduated from the College of Science, majoring in science-business.
McEldrew's Career Bests
|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)|
|100 Back||50.80||Hawkeye Invitational (2013)|
|200 Back||1:46.93||Hawkeye Invitational (2013)|
|400 IM||3:55.04||Hawkeye Invitational (2013)|