Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Coach: Dan Ross
In His MP3 Player: Lil Wayne
Last Concert He Attended: Kid Cudi
Favorite Actor: Mark Wahlberg
Favorite Month: November
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Mac n Cheese
Favorite Big City: Louisville
Country He'd Like to Visit: Australia
Favorite Building on Campus: Rawls Hall
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Golf
Most Memorable at Purdue: 2010 dual meet win at Indiana
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Cliff Fisher
2011-12: Big Ten Sportsmanship Award... Gertz competed primarily in the backstroke events... honored with the team's R.O. Pappenguth Award (sportsmanship)... season-best times in the 100 (49.21) and 200 back (1:45.42) from the Big Ten Championships both ranked as the third fastest on the team in 2011-12... accounted for three team points by finishing sixth in the 200 back at the Big Ten Championships... won the C final of the 100 back at the Ohio State Invitational... won the 100 back in the dual meet win against Miami... swam on medley relay teams at the Ohio State Invitational and Big Ten Quad among others... competed in the 100 fly, 200 breast and 200 IM at early-season meets.
2010-11: Gertz competed primarily in backstroke events... posted season-best times in the 100 (50.85) and 200 back (1:49.31) at the Big Ten Championships... his time in the 200 back ranked as the second best on the team in 2010-11... finished second in the 200 back at the Big Ten Quad with a time of 1:49.53... also posted a solid time of 1:49.44 while finishing fourth in the 200 back in the dual meet with Indiana... won the B final of the 100 back and finished second in the B final of the 200 back at the Purdue Invitational... also competed in the 200 IM at the Big Ten Championships and Purdue Invitational... swam the leadoff leg on the 200 medley relay five times, including at the Florida Atlantic Invitational and Big Ten Quad.
2009-10: Won 200 backstroke at Ohio State Winter Invite with season-best time of 1:47.67 (2/14)...time ranked as second-fastest on team during season...also won event vs. Ball State (1/15)...took second in 200 backstroke at Eastern Michigan (11/14) and at Indiana (2/6)...finished fourth in 100 backstroke at Ohio State Winter Invite with season-best time of 50.15 (2/14)...time ranked as third-fastest on team during season...took third in event at Indiana Intercollegiates (10/10) and vs. Michigan State (1/8)...only 400 IM swim came at Ohio State Winter Invite (2/13) and resulted in 4:05.84 clocking that ranked third on team during season...swam third leg on runner-up 400 medley relay vs. Ball State...also took third leg on fourth-place 800 freestyle relay and led off fifth-place 200 medley relay at Eastern Michigan (11/13)...anchored fifth-place 400 freestyle relay at Eagles (11/14)...led off fifth-place 200 medley relay at Indiana Intercollegiates and Big Ten Quad (1/30).
2008-09: Recorded personal-best time of 1:56.09 in 200 IM, finished seventh in 200 backstroke with season-best 1:50.41 clocking and in 100 backstroke after touching wall in season-best time of 50.89 vs. Indiana (2/7)...finished fourth in 200 backstroke with 1:58.21 time vs. Miami (10/31)...also finished fifth in 200 IM with 2:03.38 time and sixth in 100 backstroke with 54.42 time...finished fifth in 100 backstroke and ninth in 200 IM at Indiana Intercollegiates (10/18)...finished second in 200 backstroke with 1:54.94 time at Purdue Challenge (11/14)...also finished third in 100 backstroke with 53.58 time (11/15)...led off second-place 200 medley relay and finished second in 100 backstroke with 52.93 time vs. Indianapolis (11/21)...also stopped clock in 1:53.07 in 200 backstroke and in 1:58.81 in 200 IM...led off third-place 200 medley relay in triple dual at Florida Atlantic (1/10)...also finished seventh in 100 backstroke with 54.63 clocking and 11th in 200 IM with 2:02.21 time
High School: Graduated from Terre Haute South in 2008 ... four-time varsity letterwinner ... sectional champion in the 100 back senior year ... school record holder in the 500 free, 100 back and 200 medley relay ... all-conference selection as a senior ... served as team captain during senior campaign ... member of National Honor Society.
Personal: Given name is Tyler Alan Gertz ... born November 13, 1989 ... son of Todd and Christy Gertz ... has two younger brothers, Cory and Eric ... majoring in management.