Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Pro Team: Team USA Curling
Favorite Athlete: Eric Moussambani
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: Andrew Seliskar
In His MP3 Player: Adventure Club
Last Concert Attended: Hollywood Undead
Favorite Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite Actor: Matt Damon
Favorite Director: Michael Bay
Favorite Month of the Year: May
Favorite Holiday: President's Day
Favorite Building on Campus: Ford Dining Hall
Favorite American City: Forks, Washington
Country He'd Most Like to Visit: Ireland
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Table Tennis
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: New Water Fountain
2014-15: Distinguished Big Ten Scholar… Academic All-Big Ten… Barta competed in the backstroke and sprint freestyle events… posted season-best times in the 100 (50.38) and 200 back (1: 48.49) along with the 50 free (20.95) at the Big Ten Championships… had season-best times in the 100 (46.95) and 200 (1:44.04) free at the Minnesota Grand Prix… also had strong showings in the 100 (50.62) and 200 back (1:48.62) along with the 50 free (21.38) at Minnesota Grand Prix… finished fourth in the B final of the 100 back and as the runner-up in the D final of the 200 back at Minnesota… also won his heat of the 200 free in Minneapolis… runner-up in the 100 free as Purdue’s top finisher in the dual meet win at Miami (Ohio)... helped Purdue record a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 back in the dual meet win vs. Michigan State.
2013-14: Big Ten Distinguished Scholar... Academic All-Big Ten... Barta competed primarily in the backstroke events... posted season-best times in the 100 (50.78) and 200 back (1:49.79) at the Michigan First Chance meet... raced in five events at the Minnesota Grand Prix, posting a season-best time in the 50 free (21.59) as well as strong times in the 100 (50.79) and 200 back (1:50.79)... returned to action in time for the Big Ten Triple Duals after suffering a broken collarbone on the winter training trip in Hawaii... raced in the 100 breaststroke at the season-opening Indiana Intercollegiates, winning heat 3.
2012-13: Barta competed primarily in the backstroke events... season-best times in the 100 (50.34, 4th) and 200 back (1:47.88, 2nd) from the Big Ten Championships both ranked among the top five on the team in 2012-13... also raced in the 50 free at Big Tens, posting a time of 20.94... accounted for five team points at the Purdue Invitational by placing fourth in the B final of the 200 back... also raced in the 50 and 100 free, 100 fly along with the backstroke events at the Purdue Invite... won the 100 back in the dual meet win at Miami (Ohio)... part of the travel roster for the January trip to Michigan for back-to-back dual meets in East Lansing and Ann Arbor.
Before Purdue: Barta was a four-year Wisconsin state qualifier for coach Bob Jenkyns at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wis.... runner-up in the 100 back at the state meet as a junior... won the 15-to-16 age group state title in the 100 and 200 back at the club level... USA Swimming Scholastic All-American... First Team All-Area as a senior... National Honors Society... Junior Nationals summer qualifier... MVP of the Lake Country Swim Club.
Personal: Full name is Evan James Barta... born in Evanston, Ill.... parents are Gregg and Mary Barta; his father is a Purdue alumnus... family also includes younger siblings Madeline and Nicholas... majoring in industrial engineering.