National Teams

Senior National Team

Russell Wood

  • Age 28
  • Height 185.42 cm / 6 ftin
  • Club University of Calgary Swim Club
  • Coach Mike Blondal
  • Hometown Calgary, AB
  • Residence Calgary, AB
  • Event 50 BK, 100 BK, 200 BK

Russell’s Bio

  • At the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Wood swam the backstroke leg for the 4×100-m medley relay, winning a bronze medal with teammates Richard Funk, Santo Condorelli and Yuri Kisil.
  • Individually in Toronto, Wood finished fourth in the 100-m backstroke and eighth in the 200-m backstroke.
  • At the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Wood finished 31st and 29th in the 50-m and 100-m backstroke.
  • In Kazan, Wood was also part of the seventh-place 4×100-m mixed medley relay that set a Canadian record, alongside Katerine Savard, Richard Funk and Sandrine Mainville.
  • Wood qualified for both the 2015 Pan Am Games and FINA World Championships with a golden sweep of the backstroke events at Team Canada Trials. He broke the Canadian record in the 50-m race, neared it in the 100 and took a third gold in the 200.
  • In 2014 he won all three backstroke events at Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria to earn himself a spot on both the Pan Pacific Championships and Commonwealth Games teams.
  • Wood swam in five finals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. He helped Canada’s relays to fourth in the 4×100-m medley and fifth in the 4×100-m freestyle. Individually he came seventh in the 200-m and 50-m backstroke, and eighth in the 100.
  • At the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, his top individual finish was 11th in the 100-m backstroke, and he was part of the fifth- place 4×100-m medley relay.
  • Wood qualified for his first FINA World Championships and Summer Universiade in 2013, winning the men’s 200-m backstroke at the team trials in Victoria.
  • At the Summer Universiade in Russia, he missed qualifying for the final by one spot in the 100-m backstroke, placing ninth in the semifinals, and helped Canada to sixth in the 4×100-m medley relay. He finished 21st in the 200-m back at worlds in Barcelona.
Quick Facts
  • Instagram: @rwood_1994
  • Favourite Movie: Lord of the Rings
  • Favourite Book: Lord of the Rings
  • Favourite Superhero: Batman

Russell’s Personal Bests

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50m Butterfly25mUCSC Fall Start Up
50m Freestyle Laps25mUCSC Fall Start UpRELAY
200m Medley50mMel Zajac Junior International
200m Backstroke50mCanadian Swimming Trials---
50m Backstroke50mCanadian Swimming Trials---
100m Backstroke50mCanadian Swimming Trials
200m Backstroke25mFINA: 12th World Short Course Championships
100m Medley25mFINA: 12th World Short Course Championships---
50m Backstroke25mFINA: 12th World Short Course Championships---
100m Backstroke25mFINA: 12th World Short Course Championships
100m Freestyle Laps50mXX Commonwealth GamesRELAY
50m Freestyle50mFran Crippen Memorial Meet
200m Freestyle50mMel Zajac Canada CupRELAY
200m Freestyle25mCIS Swimming ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Freestyle25mCIS Swimming ChampionshipsRELAY
200m Freestyle Laps25mCanada WestRELAY
200m Freestyle Laps50mXXVII UniversiadeRELAY
100m Freestyle Laps25mCIS Swimming ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Freestyle25mRocky Mountain CupRELAY
50m Freestyle Laps50mCanadian Age Group ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Freestyle50mCanadian Age Group Championships
50m Butterfly50mSpeedo Alberta Age Group and Senior Championships
50m Breaststroke50mSpeedo Alberta Age Group and Senior Championships
200m Medley25mWestern Canadian Championships
50m Breaststroke25mWestern Canadian Championships
200m Breaststroke25mGrand Prix
200m Breaststroke50mGrand Prix
100m Butterfly50mGrand Prix
100m Butterfly25mCascade Speed Meet "GOLD"
100m Breaststroke25mCascade Speed Meet "GOLD"
400m Medley50mCanadian Age Group Championships
400m Freestyle25mSpeedo Western Canadian Championships
400m Medley25mSpeedo Western Canadian Championships
400m Freestyle50mCanadian Age Group Championships
800m Freestyle50mCanadian Age Group Championships
1500m Freestyle50mCanadian Age Group Championships
100m Breaststroke Laps50mCoupe Canada/Coupe QuebecRELAY
100m Breaststroke Laps25mInternationales Pamina NachwuchsschwimmfestRELAY
800m Freestyle25mWestern Canadian Championships---
100m Butterfly Laps25mOR Paul Bergen Junior InternationalRELAY
1500m Freestyle25mOR Paul Bergen Junior International
200m Butterfly25mFiset Invitational
50m Breaststroke Laps50mAlberta Age Group & Senior ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Breaststroke50mUCSC Grand Prix
200m Butterfly50mSwimming International
25m Butterfly25mSpeed Meet Sc
50m Butterfly Laps25mGrand PrixRELAY
50m Breaststroke Laps25mFastswimRELAY