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Russell Paulson
Russell  Paulson


West Chester, Pa.

High School:
Bayard Rustin




Men Finish Eighth at BIG EAST Championships

Wildcats compete in final night of conference championships.


Wildcat Men Keep Swimming Strong at Conference Championships

Scott Thiede swims person best time in 500 yard freestyle.


Men Shatter 16-Year Old School Record in First Day of Conference Championships

Villanova opens BIG EAST Championships with two relays.


Men Tab Two Wins in Weekend Conference Meet

Villanova defeats both Seton Hall and Georgetown.


Men Fall to the Tribe in Afternoon Meet

Villanova loses to William and Mary 192-70.

Top Times
100 Freestyle - 47.90 (March 16, 2009)
200 Freestyle - 1:41.71 (2011 BIG EAST Championships)
500 Freestyle - 4:38.05 (2011 BIG EAST Championships)
1650 Freestyle - 15:57.16 (2011 BIG EAST Championships)
200 Backstroke - 2:00.03 (March 16, 2009)

2011-12: Competed in six different individual events at least once this season ... Swam at the BIG EAST Championships in the 200, 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle ... Placed 24th in the 200 free (1:41.90) and 30th in the 500 free (4:38.38) Earned a 16th place finish in the 1650 free, a Wildcat season-best time... Swam a leg of the 800 freestyle relay, which came in eighth place in the conference meet (6:45.07), a Wildcast season-best time ... Earned first-place finishes in the 200 free against Widener (1:47.17) and in the 500 free against Providence (4:52.34) ... Placed 7th in the 500 free at the Princeton Invitational (4:39.33).

2010-11: Competed at least once in seven different individual events, with his most top events being the 500 yard freestyle (seven races) and the 200 free (five races) ... Qualified for the BIG EAST Championships and established new personal bests at the conference meet in the 200 free (1:41.71), 500 free (4:38.05) and 1650 free (15:57.16) ... Placed 11th in the 1650 free at the BIG EAST meet ... Registered third place finishes in both the 500 free and the 1000 free in separate dual meets against Seton Hall and Boston University ... His time of 10:00.10 in the 1000 free against Boston University was a season best ... Touched the wall in second place in both the 100 freestyle (49.32) and the 500 free (4:51.22) at the BIG EAST Last Chance Invitational; RELAYS: Swam the second leg of the 400 yard freestyle relay at the BIG EAST Championships and the third leg of the 800 free relay ... Helped the Wildcats post a season-best time of 6:48.22 in the 800 free relay at the BIG EAST meet ... Anchored the 400 free relay and the 400 medley relay against Connecticut and Georgetown, as well as the 200 free relay in the Terrapin Cup Invitational.

2009-10: Top events for the season were the 200 and 500 yard freestyle, which he competed in eight times and advanced to the BIG EAST Championships in both ... His time of 1:43.24 in the preliminaries of the 200 free at the conference meet was a new personal best, while his mark of 4:40.34 in the 500 free was a season-best time ... During the season picked up second place finishes in the 200 free versus Georgetown and Providence and was third in a tri-meet against George Washington and Drexel as well as versus Seton Hall ... Came in third in the 500 free against Georgetown ... Also competed at the BIG EAST Championships in the 100 free and established a season-best time of 48.04 ... Advanced to the "C" level final of both the 200 and 500 free races at the Terrapin Cup Invitational; RELAYS: Swam the third leg of Villanova's first place 200 yard freestyle relay against Providence in the final home meet of the season.

Bayard Rustin High School: Lettered all four years in swimming ... All-American ... Academic All-American ... Member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born 1/17/91 in West Chester, Pa. ... Younger of two sons of Alfred and Deborah Paulson ... Has an older brother, A.J. (23), that swam in college at Albright ... Enjoys surfing ... Chose to attend Villanova for the reputation of the Villanova School of Business ... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business and is majoring in Finance ... Would like to become a financial analyst.