Rising senior posts career-best time in first of her 4 events at Nationals
News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Purdue matches its best-ever finish at the NCAA Championships in the modern era
Purdue honored members of its basketball, swimming and diving and wrestling programs
Amaltdinov, Johnson win Big Ten titles for Purdue in 200 breast, platform diving
Favorite Pro Team: Ivory Coast National Soccer Team
Favorite Athlete: Paul Pogba
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): Lafayette YMCA
Swimmer He'd Like to Race Against: Luke Rush
Favorite Playoff Formatt: World Cup
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: Sean Kingston
Your Unique Skill or Hidden Talent: Can Count Backwards
In His MP3 Player: Mary J. Blige
Last Concert He Attended: Wiggles
Favorite Social Media Platform: Myspace
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Christoph Waltz, Blake Lively & Quentin Taratino
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Favorite TV Show: Lego Starwars
Favorite Month: March
Favorite Food: Pineapple
Favorite Dessert: Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies
Favorite Big City: Kuthmandu, Nepal
Unique Travel Locale: Switzerland
Country He'd Like to Visit: Republic of Congo
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Blowing bubbles
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Table Tennis
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: The Lifeguards
Most Memorable Meet/Moment at Purdue: Big Tens 2016
Furry Friend: Jovi, Goldendoodle
2016-17: Big Ten Distinguished Scholar... Academic All-Big Ten... CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America... career-best time of 1:43.34 in the 200 backstroke at the Big Ten Championships eclipsed a Purdue record that had since 2005... scored in all three of his events at Big Tens to account for 27 team points.
2015-16: Big Ten Distinguished Scholar... Academic All-Big Ten... CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America... Thomas competed primarily in the backstroke events... posted career-best times in the 100 (48.31) and 200 back (1:44.66) as well as the 200 IM (1:48.69) at the Big Ten Championships... moved into sixth place in program history in the 200 back with a Purdue season-best time... also ranked fifth on the team in 2015-16 in the 100 back and 200 IM... qualified for the C final of both backstroke events at Big Tens, finishing third in the 200, to account for nine team points... accounted for 34 team points at the Purdue Invitational, finishing third in the A final of the 200 back and fifth in the A final of the 100 back while also scoring in the 200 IM... victorious in the 200 back in the dual meet win vs. Miami (Ohio)... won heats of the 100 back, 200 IM and 400 IM at the Purdue Invitational... won his heat of the 100 back at the Indiana Intercollegiates.
2014-15: Thomas competed primarily in the backstroke events... posted season-best times in the 100 (49.67) and 200 back (1:47.24) as well as the 100 fly (50.05) at the Michigan First Chance meet... his season bests in the backstroke events ranked third (200) and fourth (100) on the team in 2014-15... season-best time in the 200 IM (1:56.00) was in the rivalry dual meet with Indiana... won the 200 back and finished second in the 100 back at Michigan... along with the backstroke events, competed in the 200 breast as well as the 400 IM at the Minnesota Grand Prix... qualified for the C final of the 200 back at Minnesota.
Before Purdue: Two-year letterwinner for coach Chip Comery at Central Catholic High School in Lafayette, Ind.... IHSAA state qualifier in the 100 back and 200 IM as a junior... two-time Junior Nationals qualifier on the club level, posting times of 49.81 and 1:48.17 in the 100 and 200 back, respectively, as a senior... played soccer at Central Catholic as an underclassman... honor roll student all eight semesters of high school.
Personal: Full name is Jacob John Thomas... born in Indianapolis... parents are John and Deanna Thomas... family also includes siblings Catherine and Nick... parents are Purdue alumni and his sister Catherine also attends the university... majoring in biomedical engineering.