Jake Thomas
Jake  Thomas

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lafayette, Ind.

High School:
Central Catholic

Event:
Backstroke/IM

Birthdate:
05/30/1996

10/13/2017

Kitchel, Young Lead Purdue to Dual Sweep

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

06/27/2017

Meitz Takes 6th in 800 at Nationals

Rising senior posts career-best time in first of her 4 events at Nationals

06/23/2017

Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics

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

11/13/2014

Purdue Men Host WKU Mega Gallery

Purdue Men host WKU

11/11/2014

2014 Indiana Intercollegiates Mega Gallery

Purdue men and women host the Indiana Intercollegiates at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center

11/09/2014

Purdue Swim vs. WKU

Purdue Swim vs. WKU

2016-17 / AS A JUNIOR
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
Academic All-Big Ten
CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America
• Competed primarily in the backstroke events
• Posted a career-best time of 1:43.34 in the 200 back at the Big Ten Championships to eclipse a Purdue record that had since 2005
• Scored in all three of his events at Big Tens to account for 27 team points, qualifying for the A final of the 200 back
• Also posted career-best times in the 100 back (48.10) and 200 IM (1:46.60) at Big Tens
• Accounted for 23 team points at Virginia Tech's H2Okie Fall Invitational, scoring in both backstroke events and finishing as the runner-up in the 200 back
• Also competed in the 200 and 400 IM (4:04.02) at Va Tech, opting to scratch from the C final of the 400 IM
• Victorious in the 200 back in the dual meet win vs. Miami (Ohio)
• Represented Purdue at the U.S. Open Championships in August

2015-16 / AS A SOPHOMORE
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
Academic All-Big Ten
CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America
• 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
• Accounted for Purdue's season-best time in the 200 back and 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 / AS A FRESHMAN
• 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
• 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

HIGH SCHOOL
• Two-year letterwinner for coach Chip Comery at Central Catholic High School in Lafayette, Indiana
• 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
• Major: Biomedical Engineering
• 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

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: U.S. Women's National Soccer Team
Favorite Athlete: E'Twaun Moore
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): Lafayette YMCA
Swimmer He'd Like to Race Against: Luke Rush
Most Exciting Event to Watch at a College Meet: Women's 200 Fly
Favorite Playoff Formatt: World Cup
Your Unique Skill or Hidden Talent: Can Count Backwards
In His MP3 Player: Mary J. Blige
Last Concert He Attended: Wiggles
Favorite Multimedia App: Venmo
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Christoph Waltz, Blake Lively & Quentin Taratino
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Scooby Doo & The Cyber Chase
Favorite Super-Hero: Hellboy
Favorite TV Show: Suite Life on Deck
Favorite Month: March
Favorite Food: Fried Rice
Favorite Dessert: Banana Bread
Favorite Big City: Boston
Unique Travel Locale: Switzerland
Country He'd Like to Visit: Austria
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Blowing bubbles
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Table Tennis
Favorite Thing About the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center: The Ventilation System
Most Memorable Meet/Moment at Purdue: Big Tens 2017
Furry Friend: Jovi, Goldendoodle

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