Catherine Russo Gives 2020 Verbal Commitment to Ohio State University

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Catherine Russo from Bozeman, Montana has given her commitment to the Ohio State University for the 2020 recruiting class. Russo is a NISCA All-American performer and a member of USA Swimming’s Scholastic All-American team as well. She is a rising senior at Butte High School and swims club for the Bozeman Multisport Aquatics.

“I am very excited to be verbally committed to swim and study at The Ohio State University. The enthusiastic and dedicated coaches who believe in developing their athletes and the smart and talented women in their program made me want to be a part of the incredible Ohio State Swim and Dive family. I’m so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be a buckeye. Go Bucks!!”

Russo has dominated Montana swimming over her high school career both in high school and club. In the high school swimming ranks, she has won both the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly events at the Montana High School State Championship each of the past three seasons holding the all-time state record in both events. In March, she won six of her seven events at the Montana Swimming Short-Course State Championship.

Most recently, Russo had a solid showing earning four lifetime bests at the 2019 NW Speedo Sectionals in March earning spots in the finals in the 50 freestyle (8th), 100 freestyle (23rd), and 200 freestyle (24th) and the 100 butterfly (10th).

Best Times (SCY):

  • 50 Freestyle: 22.76 (2019 Summer Juniors LCM)
  • 100 Freestyle: 51.45 (Futures)
  • 200 Freestyle: 1:52.09 (Futures)
  • 100 Backstroke: 57.46
  • 100 Butterfly: 54.15 (2019 Winter US Open)

Russo will enter into immediate competition for relay spots as a freshman given current trajectory. She would currently rank 5th best in the 50 freestyle with two of those ahead of her expected to graduate before Russo makes it to campus in 2020. In the 100 butterfly, though, she would have earned the 2nd best spot on the team behind only rising senior Rebekah Bradley.

In the Big Ten Conference, Russo projects as an immediate scoring threat. In the 50 freestyle, her best time would have earned a consolations final spot. She would have earned a bonus consolations spot in the 100 butterfly.

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3 years ago

This is AWESOME!!! Congrats, Catherine!! Another Montana kid headed to the B1G does my heart good. Even better that she’s going to be a Buckeye! O-H!

As far as dressing warmer in Montana, I’ll allow a t-shirt doesn’t usually cut it for long when there is snow on the ground, but you’d be surprised how tough you get after a few weeks of -20. Once your cold tolerance is geared up for the winter, a few minutes outside in the balmy, late-afternoon sun won’t hurt.

Good luck in Columbus, Catherine!!

3 years ago

She should dress warmer in Montana

3 years ago

Congrats Catherine! Welcome to Buckeye Nation!