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Chris Kellam
  • (2000-04)
  • Back
  • Mt. Juliet, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell Academy)
  • 10-Time All-American
  • 2002 SEC Champion 100 Backstroke
  • 2002 SEC Champion 200 Backstroke

Career Best Times:
Long Course (Meters)

100 Back - 57.35 (U.S. Summer Nationals, 8/7/03)
200 Back - 2:01.66
200 IM - 2:08.69

Short Course (Yards)
100 Back - 47.59 (SEC Championships, 2004)
200 Back - 1:41.29p (NCAA Championships, 2003)
200 IM - 1:47. 20

UF All-Time Rankings (at conclusion of 2003-04 season): First in 200 back (1:41.29) ... Fifth in the 100 back (47.59) ... 10th in 200 IM (1:47.20) ... First in the 200 MR (1:26.53) Fifth in 200 MR (1:27.43) ... Seventh in 400 MR (3:12.56) ... 10th in the 400 MR (3:13.49).

National/International Competition: Finished 18th in 200-meter back (2:06.24) at 2004 U.S. Spring Nationals ... Swam in 2003 U.S. Summer Nationals ... Finished eighth in 200-meter back (2:03.92) and third in B final of 100-meter back (57.35) ... Competed in the U.S. Nationals in Summer 2001 ... Placed 10th in the finals of the 200-meter back at the 2001 World Championship Trials ... Came in second in the finals of the 200-meter back with a time of 2:02.83 at the 2000 U.S. Open ... Finished first in the 200 back at the 1999 American Shortcourse Championships ... Competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the summer of 2002, finishing 16th in the 200 back.

At Florida:
2003-04:
SEC Academic Honor Roll selection ... Earned four All-America honors at NCAA Championships ... Took fifth in 200-meter back (1:54.66), 14th in 100-meter back (53.37) and 19th in 200-meter IM (1:59.81) ... Also swam on 200-meter MR team (1:37.81) that finished ninth and on 400-meter MR team that placed fifth (3:31.53) ... Earned three All-SEC honors ... Posted eight individual event wins during the season ... Finished second in 200 back (1:42.11) with automatic time, fourth in 100 back with automatic and career-best time (47.59) and 13th in 200 IM (1:48.57) at 2004 SEC Championships ... Also swam on 400 MR team (3:12.56) that posted provisional time and finished third ... Swam five provisional times during the regular season ... Won the 200 back five of the six times he swam the event during regular season and also had five provisional times ... Won 200 back (1:46.85) with provisional mark and was fourth in 200 IM (1:53.62) at Tennessee (1/31/04) ... Fourth in 200-meter fly (2:12.79) and second as member of 400-meter MR team (3:53.99) vs. Alabama (1/24/04) ... Third in 200-meter back (2:06.92) and member of winning 400-meter MR team (3:45.99) vs. Auburn (1/23/04) ... Won 200 back (1:46.49) with provisional time and was second in 100 back (49.49) and swam on winning 400 MR team (3:17.30) at Dallas Morning News Classic (1/16-17/04) ... First in both the 100 back (49.80) and 200 back (1:46.01) at Texas A&M (1/15/04) ... First in 200 back (1:48.06) and swam on winning 400 MR team (3:22.51) vs. Kentucky (1/7/04) ... Swam in five events at 2003 U.S. Open ... Fifth as member of 400-meter MR team (3:52.20), 12th on 800-meter FR team (7:57.09), 11th in 200-meter back (2:05.93) and 17th in 100-meter back (58.61) ... Also swam in prelims in 100-meter fly (59.53) ... Second as member of 200 MR team (1:34.13) and placed third in 500 free (4:37.43) at South Carolina (11/14/03) ... Won 200 back (1:46.96) with provisional time and took first as part of 400 MR team (3:19.28) at Georgia (11/13/03) ... Won both events he swam in vs. Florida State (11/11/03): 200 free (1:40.99) and 200 fly (1:51.95) ... Part of 400-meter MR team (3:55.29) that took first at Michigan (10/31/03) ... Also fourth in 200-meter back (2:09.28) ... Took first as member of 400 MR team (3:19.16), second in 200 back (1:46.80) with NCAA provisional qualifying time and fourth in 200 IM (1:53.14) at Minnesota (10/30/03) ... Member of second place 200 MR team (1:31.94) and sixth in 100 fly (51.45) at Florida Invitational (10/18/03).

2002-03: Three-time NCAA All-American ... Five-time All-SEC performer ... SEC Academic Honor Roll selection ... Finished fifth with a time of 1:42.29 in the 200 back at the NCAA Championships ... Also finished 15th in the 100 back and was a member of UF's 200 MR team that finished ninth ... Swam lead-off leg of 400 MR as the team finished second at the SEC Championships in a time of 3:13.49 ... Also a member of 200 MR team that finished second in a school-record time of 1:26.53 ... Finished second in the 200 back in a time of 1:42.57, while touching the wall in a fourth-place time of 48.01 in the 100 back ... Took fifth in the 200 IM with a time of 1:47.71 ... Finished first in the 100 back with a season-best time of 49.25 and was second as a member of the 200 MR team (1:31.25) vs. Florida Atlantic (2/8/03) ... Finished in first place in the 200 back in a season-best time of 1:45.30 vs. Tennessee (2/1/03) ... Took third in the 200 back at the Dallas Morning News Classic in a time of 1:46.79 ... Member of 400 MR team that finished first in a time of 3:23.01 at SMU (1/16/03) ... Placed third as a member of UF's 400-meter MR team (3:51.92), sixth as a member of the 400-meter FR team (3:37.06) and ninth in the 200-meter back at the 2002 U.S. Open ... Won the 200 back vs. Georgia (11/23/02) with a time of 1:46.71 ... Also finished first as a member of the 400 MR team (3:19.16) and third in the 400 FR (3:08.76) ... Placed first in the 200 back (1:50.53), third in the 200 fly (1:54.43) and first in the 400 MR (3:23.67) vs. South Carolina (11/15/02) ... Touched the wall in 1:46.11 and placed second in the 200 back vs. Michigan (11/1/02) ... Also took first as a member of 400 MR team in a time of 3:17.94 ... Member of 400 MR team that finished first in a time of 3:24.58 at Penn State (10/26/02) ... Placed second in the same meet in the 200 back (1:48.29) ... Finished first in the 100 back (50.88) and third in the 100 free (47.78) vs. Indian River CC (10/18/02) ... Member of first-place 400 MR team (3:21.37) vs. LSU (10/11/02) in the season opener.

2001-2002: Finished fifth in the 200 back (1:43.00), 12th in the 100 back (48.00) and 39th in the 200 IM (1:50.12) at the NCAA Championships ... Won the 100 back and 200 back at the SEC Championships and also finished fourth in the 200 IM ... Won the 100 back against Florida Atlantic (2/9/02) ... Finished second in the 200 back against both Alabama (1/26/02) and Auburn (1/25/02) ... Won the 200 back (1:48.68), finished seventh in the 200 IM (1:56.87) and was a part of the first place 400 MR team (3:22.57) against Penn State (1/5/02) ... Placed sixth in the 200-meter back and second as a member of the 400-meter MR team at the U.S. Open ... Finished fourth in the 100 fly, clocking in at 51.74, seventh in the 100 free (47.87) and second as a member of the 400 MR team that touched the wall in 3:23.98 ... Won the 200 back with a time of 1:49.94, finished fourth in the 200 IM and was part of the winning 400 MR team (3:25.72) at South Carolina (11/10/01) ... Won the 100 back (51.28), placed fourth in the 400 IM (4:08.91) and was part of the winning 200 MR team (1:33.06) at Clemson (11/9/01) ... Placed fourth in the 400-meter MR and in the 400-meter FR and fifth in the 200-meter back at Michigan (10/26/01) ... Was a member of the second-place 200 MR team against Miami and Indian River CC (10/20/01) that finished in 1:34.37 ... Won the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.25 and also swam in the second-place 400 MR (3:26.15) and the 400 FR ... Finished eighth in the 100 back and 20th in the 100 fly in individual competition and also swam as a member of the sixth place 200 MR team and of the ninth place 200 FR team in the SEC Invitational ... Won the 200 back with a time of 1:48.99 and finished second in the 400 MR in 3:26.44.

2000-2001: Placed 10th in the 200 back (1:44.19) at the NCAA Championships ... Came in fifth in the 200 back with a time of 1:45.31 at the SEC Championships ... Placed second in the 200 back (1:49.19) in a dual meet against Tennessee (2/3/01) ... Won the 200 free at Miami (1/27/01) ... Won the 50 free at the Florida Atlantic/Indian River CC tri-meet (1/26/01) ... Won the 200 back at SMU (1/18/01) with a time of 1:49.60 ... Won the 200 back with a time of 1:51.10 at the Auburn/Arizona State tri-meet (1/6/01) ... Placed seventh in both the 200 IM (1:59.23) and the 100 free (48.75) at Florida State (11/17/00) ... Finished fourth in the 200 back vs. Michigan (11/4/00), touching the wall in 1:50.80 and placed sixth in the 200 IM with a time of 1:56.86 ... Also against Michigan, was a member of the fourth place 400 MR team that swam the event in 3:28.63 ... Placed seventh in both the 100 back (52.71) and the 200 back (1:53.95) at the SEC Eastern Division Dual Meet Extravaganza ... Finished first in the 200 back at Alabama (10/21/00) with a time of 1:52.17 ... Placed fourth in the 400 IM (4:14.72) at the same meet.

High School: As a senior, was state champion in both the 200 IM and the 100 back ... Set a Tennessee state record in the 200 IM ... Was a high school All-American at Montgomery Bell Academy.

Club: Swam for Nashville Aquatic ... Coached by John Morse.

Personal: Born on Jan. 16, 1982 ... Is a member of the Goodwill Gators ... Says he chose Florida because of the coaching staff and the location of the school ... Lists mountain biking as a hobby ... Majoring in aerospace engineering.


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