Seniors lead Purdue to fourth-place finish at Big Tens; 10 Boilers qualify for NCAAs.
Boilermakers get strong times from Dias in the 100 breast & the 200 medley relay team.
News & Notes on Purdue Athletics.
Eight of Purdue's 10 qualifiers are set to compete at NCAAs for at least the second time.
Johnson & Bissett advance in men's 1-meter, Dunnichay qualifies in women's 3-meter.
Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Coach: Joe Keller
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): Texas Aquatic Center
Swimmer He'd Like to Race Against: Danny Tucker
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: Jennifer Lawrence
In His MP3 Player: Luke Bryan
Last Concert He Attended: Jason Aldean
Favorite Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Last Book He Read: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Favorite Actor & Actress: Denzel Washington & Emma Stone
Favorite Month: March
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Dessert: Brownies
Favorite Purdue Building: Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Hawaii
Country He'd Like to Visit: Germany
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Football
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: Hot Tub
Most Memorable Meet at Purdue: 2014 NCAAs
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Rodney Vandeveer, Organizational Leadership & Supervision
Furry Friend: Emmie, dog
2014-15: NCAA Championships Qualifier (200 Medley Relay)… Flager competed in the freestyle sprints and 100 fly… after sitting out the fall semester portion of the schedule, quickly emerged as the team’s most versatile sprint freestyle performer and swam on four of the five relays at Big Tens… anchored the 200 medley relay team to a school-record time at Big Tens and then swam the butterfly leg in the same event at NCAAs… season-best times in the 50 (19.99, 2nd) and 100 free (44.00, 1st) as well as the 100 fly (47.54, 2nd) all ranked among the top two on the team in 2014-15… in program history, moved up to fifth place in the 100 fly and seventh place in the 100 free; continues to rank seventh in the 50 free (19.86)… finished fifth in the B final of the 100 fly and sixth in the B final of the 100 free at Big Tens to account for seven team points… also was the runner-up in the C final of the 50 free at Big Tens… won the 50 free in dual meets against Indiana and Michigan State… also anchored the 200 medley relay team to victory in the dual meet with Indiana… won his heat of the 100 IM and swam on three relay winners in the dual meet victory vs. Michigan State.
2013-14: NCAA Championships Qualifier (Relays)... Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Jan. 7)... Flager competed in the freestyle sprints, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly... established a new Purdue freshman record (19.86) in the 50 free at the Big Ten Championships, a mark that ranks seventh in program history... competed in the 400 free and 400 medley relays at the NCAA Championships... accounted for 10.5 team points at the Big Ten Championships by finishing tied for second in the B final of the 100 fly and fifth in the B final of the 50 free... season-best times in the 100 fly (47.78, 1st), 50 free (19.86, 2nd) and 100 free (44.39, 3rd), and 100 back (49.78, 3rd) from Big Tens all ranked among the top five on the team in 2013-14... in program history, ranks sixth in the 100 fly and ninth in the 100 free... was among the eight swimmers selected to travel to Dallas for the six-team Classic @ SMU, accounting for 6.5 team points while racing in the 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast and three of the four relays... contributed to 10 relay winners over the course of the season to rank second on the team... won the 100 fly in the dual meet victory against Notre Dame and the 50 free in the dual win at Hawaii... named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after also swimming on both relay winners at Hawaii... competed in the 100 breast at the Indiana Intercollegiates and the 200 back vs. Miami (Ohio).
Before Purdue: Flager was a four-year letter-winner for coach Joe Keller at Northridge High School... three-year state qualifier was state champion in the 50 free as a senior and 100 back as a junior... also finished as the runner-up in the 50 free as a junior and the 100 back as a senior... also the conference and sectional champion in both events as an upperclassman... helped lead Northridge to four straight Northern Lakes Conference and sectional titles... finished fourth at state in the 100 back and 100 fly as a sophomore after winning conference and sectional titles in both events... graduated with an academic honors diploma... Top Events (Times): 50 Free (20.33), 100 Free (44.90), 100 Back (49.10) & 100 Fly (49.30).
Personal: Full name is Austin Michael Flager... born in Elkhart, Ind.... parents are Michael and Amy Flager... majoring in organizational leadership and supervision.