Saturday is also Senior Day for the Tide, which will honor Anestis Arampatzis, John Ellis, Jenna Gallo, Hillary Hahmann, Peter Hillyer, Brandon Lowe, Jake Reynolds and Reese Shirey during a pre-meet ceremony
The meet gets underway at 1:30 p.m. CT at the LSU Natatorium
Alabama Highlights: 2012 - Junior: Scored in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle at the SEC Championships, taking 11th and 14th respectively ... also scored in the 400 IM at the SEC Championships, taking 14th place ... dropped more than 10 seconds off his career-best time in the mile, posting a 15:19.61 at the Bulldog Invitational ... shaved six seconds off his career-best in the 500 freestyle, turning in a 4:20.37 at the SEC Championships ... posted a career-best 3:54.16 in the 400 IM at the SEC Championships, which ranks him sixth all-time for the Crimson Tide ... turned in Alabama's top times of the season in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle as well as the 400 IM ... earned the Crimson Tide's Arne Borgstrom Most Valuable Newcomer award.
Collegiate Highlights: Indian River State College 2009-11: Coached by Ryan Mallam and Frank Bradley at IRSC ... won the 2011 NJCAA 400 IM and 1,650 freestyle titles and was second in the 500 freestyle ... served as IRSC team captain in 2010 ... won the 2010 NJCAA 200 backstroke title and was second in the 200, 500 and 1,650 freestyles ... led Indian River State College to the 2010 junior college national championship.
Prep Highlights: Coached by Wayne Ridden at Seals Swimming Club ... competed for South Africa on several occasions, including the Africa Games, medaling in the 400m freestyle, and World Cup events ... finished third in the 1500-meter freestyle at the 2008 South African Olympic Trials ... set South African national age group records in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles.
Personal Information: Full Name: John Christian Ellis ... son of Kathy and John Ellis ... environmental sciences major ... born May 2, 1990.
Top Times: 500 freestyle 4:20.37 1,650 freestyle 15:19.61 400 IM 3:54.16