Alex Close
Alex  Close

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
New Haven, Ind.

High School:
New Haven

Event:
Butterfly/Freestyle

Birthdate:
10/31/1995

10/13/2017

Kitchel, Young Lead Purdue to Dual Sweep

Amaltdinov, Johnson and Meitz also win multiple individual events in Oxford

08/20/2017

Boilermakers Back In Action

Student-athletes, coaches, administrators kick off school year

04/12/2017

Boilermakers Excel on the Big Stage

Purdue matches its best-ever finish at the NCAA Championships in the modern era

03/22/2017

59 Boilers Tabbed Academic All-B1G

Purdue honored members of its basketball, swimming and diving and wrestling programs

02/25/2017

Amaltdinov, Johnson Win Big Ten Titles

Boilermakers claim conference titles in 200 breaststroke, platform diving

2016-17 / AS A SOPHOMORE
• Big Ten Distinguished Scholar

Academic All-Big Ten
• Competed primarily in the 200 butterfly and 500 freestyle
• Posted a career-best time in the 200 fly (1:48.40) at the Big Ten Championships, recording the second-fastest mark on the team in 2016-17 and accounting for four team points by qualifying for the C final
• Season best in the 500 free (4:36.03) was also at Big Tens
• Scored in the mile (10th place) and the 200 fly at Virginia Tech's H2Okie Fall Invitational, accounting for eight team points
• Also posted his season best in the 100 fly (51.85) at Va Tech
• Won his heat of both the 100 fly and 500 free at the Indiana Intercollegiates
• Represented Purdue at the U.S. Open Championships in August

2015-16 / AS A FRESHMAN
• Competed primarily in the 200 butterfly and 500 freestyle
• Posted season-best times in the 200 fly (1:49.23) and 500 free (4:33.95) at the Purdue First Chance meet
• Finished sixth in the B final of the 200 fly and 14th overall in the mile at the Purdue Invitational to account for six team points
• Improved on his 500 free time by 21 seconds from the Indiana Intercollegiates in October and First Chance meet in February
• Qualified for the C final of the 100 fly with a time of 52.09 at the Purdue Invitational
• Runner-up in the 200 fly at the First Chance meet with a time that ranked as the fourth fastest on the team in 2015-16

HIGH SCHOOL:
• Four-year state qualifier while competing under the guidance of coaches Chris Knoblauch and Bill Close
• Season-best time in the 200 fly of 1:53.03 as a high school senior
• Best times as a junior included 15:51.63 in the mile, 9:31.47 in the 1000 free and 1:54.32 in the 200 fly
• Competed at the Minnesota Grand Prix meet and qualified for Winter Junior Nationals
• Two-time scholastic All-American
• Three-year member of the National Honor Society
• Four-year honor roll student

PERSONAL:
• Major: Health Science (Pre-Dental)
• Full name is Alexander Scott Close
• Born in Cleveland, Ohio
• Parents are Scott and Jackie Close
• Family also includes younger siblings Natalie and Benjamin
• His mother is among the coaching staff with the Three Rivers Aquatic Club in Fort Wayne

PURDUE PERSONAL PREFERENCES
Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Coach: Dan Ross
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): Allan Jones Aquatic Center (Tennessee)
Swimmer He'd Like to Race Against: Eric Vendt
Most Exciting Event to Watch at a College Meet: 400 IM
Favorite Playoff Format/Marquee Event: The Olympics
Would Like to Have Dinner With: Albert Einstein
Unique Skill/Hidden Talent: Jenga!
In His MP3 Player: Blink 182
Last Concert He Attended: Panic! at the Disco
Musician He’d Love to See Play Purdue: Lil Wayne
Last Book He Read: Tale of Two Cities
Favorite Multimedia App: Netflix
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston & Christopher Nolan
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Rush
Favorite Sci-Fi Series: Rick and Morty
Show He Can’t Stop Watching: Game of Thrones
Favorite Month: October
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Ravioli
Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake
Favorite Purdue Building: Mackey Arena
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Country He'd Like to Visit: Iceland
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Fishing
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Basketball
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: Hot Tub
Most Memorable Moment at Purdue: Marat Winning the 200M Breaststroke Championship in 2016
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: David Bos, Biology
Animal Friend: Lindsey, Leopard Gecko

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