Joe Gardner
Joe  Gardner


Munster, Ind.

High School:




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Four other leadership positions filled, as well


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Boilermakers Win 5 Events on Senior Day

Amaltdinov, Johnson, Meitz complete weekend sweeps of their event specialties


Johnson, Meitz Win Twice on Opening Night

Boilermakers lead Northwestern, trail No. 16 Minnesota in team scoring


Fours Wild for Purdue on Friday at Big Tens

Amaltdinov, Conway, Cifelli, Flager reach A finals, Noens wins 400 IM B final

2016-17 / AS A SOPHOMORE
• Competed primarily butterfly events and 100 breaststroke
• Posted season-best times in the 100 fly (48.60), 100 breast (54.73), 200 IM (1:49.41) and 100 free (45.11) at the Big Ten Championships
• In 2016-17, ranked second on the team in the 100 fly, third in the 100 breast and fifth in the 200 fly
• Qualified for the C final of the 100 breast at Big Tens to account for three team points
• Took third in the B final of the 100 breast at Virginia Tech's H2Okie Fall Invitational to account for six team points
• Swam the breaststroke leg on the victorious 200 medley relay team in the dual meet win vs. Miami (Ohio)
• Won his heat of both the 100 and 200 fly at the Big Ten Triple Duals

2015-16 / AS A FRESHMAN
• Competed primarily in the breaststroke events and 200 IM
• Posted season-best times in the 100 breast (54.78) and 200 IM (1:48.75) along with the 50 (21.02) and 100 free (45.24) at the Purdue First Chance meet to earn one of the final spots on the roster for Big Tens.
• Competed in the breaststroke events and 200 IM at Big Tens, posting a season-best time in the 200 breast (2:02.31)
• Ranked second on the team in the 100 breast in 2015-16, posting the eight-fastest time in program history and accounting for two team points at Big Tens by finishing seventh in the C final of the event
• Accounted for three team points at the Purdue Invitational by qualifying for the B final of the 100 and 200 breast
• Won the 100 breast and 100 free at the Purdue First Chance meet
• Won his heat of the 100 breast at the Indiana Intercollegiates
• Swam the leadoff leg on Purdue's victorious 400 free relay team in the dual meet win vs. Miami (Ohio)

• Four-year varsity letterwinner for coach Matthew Pavlovich at Munster High School in Northwest Indiana
• Four-year conference and sectional champion, setting sectional and team records in the 100 breast and 200 IM
• Two-year All-American in the 100 breast and 200 IM as was as the 200 medley and 400 free relays
• Two-time Indiana state qualifier, finishing sixth in the 100 breast as a junior
• Three-year team MVP and team captain
• Pride and hustle award and Munster Swim Club John Jespsen leadership award recipient
• Senior class foreign language award honoree

• Major: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
• Full name is Joseph Thomas Gardner
• Born in Munster, Indiana
• Parents are Craig and Jean Gardner
• Family also includes older brothers Danny and Ryan
• His mother and brother Ryan are Purdue Calumet alumni

Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite Coach: Cathy Wright-Eger
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): IU Natatorium
Swimmer He'd Like to Race Against: Caeleb Dressel
Most Exciting Event to Watch at a College Meet: 400m Medley Relay
Favorite Marquee Event: Stanley Cup
Would Like to Have Dinner With: My Grandparents
Unique Skill: Can speak backwards
In His MP3 Player: Chris Young
Last Concert He Attended: Foster Horses Country Music Festival
Musician He'd Love to See Play Purdue: Chris Young
Last Book He Read: The Shack
Favorite Multimedia App: Netflix
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Liam Neeson, Sandra Bullock & Quentin Tarantino
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Saw
Favorite Super-Heroes: The Flash
Favorite TV Show: Blacklist
Favorite Month: November
Favorite Holiday: Halloween
Favorite Food: McDonald's Chicken Nuggets
Favorite Dessert: Munster Donuts
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Boating
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Sand Volleyball
Favorite Purdue Building: Lyles-Porter Hall
Favorite Purdue Athletic Venue (Besides Aquatic Center): Ross-Ade Stadium
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Chicago
Country He'd Like to Visit: Coatia
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: The Hot Tub
Most Memorable Moment at Purdue: Marat Amaltdinov winning 200 Breast at 2016 Big Tens
Best Thing About Being a Boilermaker: The Opportunites and Leadership Experiences
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Georgia Malandraki, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Furry Friend: Chance, Doberman-Chocolate Lab Mix


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