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Ella Nelson

Breast/IM
Position
Senior
Class
Nashville, Tenn.
Hometown
Harpeth Hall
High School
Ella Nelson - Swimming & Diving - Virginia Cavaliers

NCAA Champion
2021:
800 Free Relay

All-America
2021:
200 Breast, 200 IM, 400 IM, 800 Free Relay
2020: 200 Breast, 200 IM, 400 IM, 800 Free Relay

ACC Champion
2022:
400 IM, 800 Free Relay
2021: 400 IM, 800 Free Relay
2020: 800 Free Relay

All-ACC
2022:
200 Breast, 400 IM, 800 Free Relay
2021: 200 Breast, 400 IM, 800 Free Relay
2020: 200 Breast, 400 IM, 800 Free Relay

Virginia Career Bests 
200 Free: 1:46.00
500 Free: 4:39.03
1000 Free: 10:02.00
100 Breast: 1:02.08
100 Free: 51.31
200 Breast: 2:04.35 (2nd all-time at UVA)
200 IM: 1:54.72 (4th all-time at UVA)
400 IM: 4:02.11 (2nd all-time at UVA)

2021-22
• Placed 3rd in the 400 IM, and 4th in the 200 breast at NCAA Championships
• Placed 2nd in the 800 free relay at NCAA Championships
• Set a meet record and swam the second-fastest time in UVA history to win ACC title in the 400 IM
• Swam second leg of 800 free relay that set a meet record and won ACC title
• Finished third in the 200 breast to earn All-ACC and was fifth in the 200 IM with season-best times
• Won the 200 free, and 200 breast at the team’s meet against NC State
• Placed 2nd in the 1000 free at the team’s meet against North Carolina
• Placed 2nd in the 400 IM, 3rd in the 200 breast, and 4th in the 500 free at the Tennessee Invitational
• Won the 200 IM and 200 breast at the team’s meet against Texas
• Placed 2nd in the 100 breast and 100 free at the team’s meet against Army
• Placed 2nd in the 200 IM, 200 breast, and 200 free at the team’s meet against UC-Berkeley

2020-21
• Earned three All-America honors, finishing second in the 400-yard IM and 200-yard breaststroke and fifth in the 200-yard IM at the NCAA Championships
• Swam the third leg of UVA’s first relay NCAA championship in the 800 free relay
• Won ACC title in the 400-yard IM, was third in the 200-yard breaststroke and fourth in the 200-yard IM at the ACC Championships
• Anchored the first-place 800 free relay at the ACC Championships
• Won the 400-yard IM against North Carolina
• Won the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard IM against Tennessee and Alabama
• Placed third in the 200-yard IM with a personal-best time of 1:54.72 against Tennessee and Alabama
• Won the 200-yard freestyle and placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke against Navy
• Placed fourth at the Toyota U.S. Open in the 200m breast
• Named to ACC Academic Honor Roll

2019-20
• NCAA Championships cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
• Earned All-America honors in the 200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM and 800 free relay for advancing to the NCAA Championships in the events
• Won an ACC title with the 800-yard freestyle relay
• ACC runner-up in the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley, earning All-ACC honors for both events
• Set a school record in the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley at the ACC Championships
• Placed fourth in the 200-yard individual medley at the ACC Championships
• Recorded the third all-time fastest 200-meter individual medley time in school history at the Toyota U.S. Open Championships
• Captured the eighth-best 100 and 200-meter breaststroke times in school history at the Toyota U.S. Open Championships
• Placed in the top 10 in the 400-yard individual medley (7th), 200-yard individual medley (8th) and 200-yard breaststroke (10th) at the Tennessee Invitational
• Placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke and third in the 400-yard individual medley at the USC Trojan Invite in addition to placing fifth in the 500-yard freestyle and sixth in the 200-yard individual medley
• Named to the All-ACC Academic Team
• Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll

Background
• Named the 2017-18 national champion by Swimming World Magazine
• Was named to the All-State and Al-Region team four consecutive years
• Holds the national record in the 200 medley relay, setting the record in the 2018
• Advanced to the B finals at the 2019 Phillips 66 National Championships in the 200 Breast (10th place) and 400m IM (15th place)
• Placed 22nd at the 2019 Phillips 66 National Championships in the 100 breast

Personal
• Undeclared Major
• Recipient of the 2022-2023 Hollingsworth Family Bicentennial Scholars Fund
• Daughter of Katie Nelson and Gep Nelson