Notre Dame rows strongly against No. 1 Ohio State, No. RV Michigan State
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.