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Rachel Kessler
Rachel Kessler

Rachel Kessler

Butterfly | 5-6 | Senior | New Rochelle, N.Y.

Junior (2014-15)

Set a new career-best time in the 200 butterfly at the SEC Championships with a time of 2:01.81… Contributed to the Razorbacks’ butterfly and individual medley corps… Swam to a fourth-place finish in the 200 fly (2:07.83) at Vanderbilt.

Sophomore (2013-14)

Kessler recorded a season-best time in the 500 freestyle (5:01.56) and season best 400 IM (4:26.94) at the Mizzou Invitational… Placed third in the 200-yard butterfly (2:12.33) at North Texas… Swam a season-best 200 butterfly at the Virginia Tech Invitational with a time of 2:03.57.

Freshman (2012-13)

Competed for the Razorbacks in the distance freestyle, butterfly and individual medley events…  Kessler competed in the 1,650-yard freestyle for the first time in her Razorback career at the SEC Championships, recording a time of 17:20.79 and a 1,000 split time of 10:25.24… Swam a season-best time in the 200 butterfly at the SEC Championships with a 2:02.75… Contributed in the 200 and 400 individual medleys… Clocked a season-best 2:08.20 at the Houston Cougar Invite in the 200 individual medley … Swam a time of 4:26.15 in the 400 individual medley at the SEC Championships.

High School/Club

Held New Rochelle High School records in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly and was also a member of the school relay teams setting records in the 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay and 200 freestyle relay… Was named all-state throughout her high school career and was the team MVP during her sophomore, junior and senior years… Competed in every Junior Nationals Championship since 2008… International experience includes the Canada Cup in Montreal, Switzerland’s Championnats Internationaux de Geneve and the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel where Kessler took home silver medals in the 200-meter butterfly and 800-meter freestyle and bronze medals in the 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter IM… Was also a three-time Scholastic All-American.


Was born on September 20, 1994 in New Rochelle, N.Y. to Steven and Maria Kessler… Has two younger siblings, Michael and Alison… Interested in forensics and criminal justice, and hopes to pursue a career working for the FBI.

2015-16 Season Bests

500 Free5:24.42Rice Invite10/23/15
100 Fly58.01Georgia Tech Fall Invitational11/19/15
200 Fly2:03.75Georgia Tech Fall Invitational11/19/15
200 IM2:09.76Georgia Tech Fall Invitational11/19/15
400 IM4:28.98Georgia Tech Fall Invitational11/19/15

Lifetime Bests

500 Free4:58.58MR Senior Mets Short Course Championships2/24/11
100 Fly57.52MR Senior Mets Short Course Championships2/24/11
200 Fly2:01.81SEC Championships2/20/15
200 IM2:05.26MR Senior Mets Short Course Championships2/24/11
400 IM4:23.86MR Senior Mets Short Course Championships2/24/11