Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Athlete: Victor Davis
Favorite Actor & Actress: Jim Carrey & Kristen Wiig
Favorite Month of the Year: August
Favorite Holiday: His Birthday
Favorite Foods: Pastiche de Nata
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Hawaii
Country He'd Most Like to Visit: Portugal
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Soccer
Favorite Building on Campus: Lily Hall of Life Sciences
Favorite Outdoor Activities: Longboarding
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Becky Brown, French
Furry Friend: Molly, Australian Border Collie
2013-14: Honorable Mention All-America (200 Breast)... NCAA Championships Qualifier (100 & 200 Breast, Relays)... Second Team All-Big Ten... Dias competed primarily in the breaststroke events and 200 IM... established new Purdue records in the 100 (52.49) and 200 breast (1:53.06) at the Big Ten Championships, breaking his own marking the 100... broke the 200 breast record that had stood since 2005... selected to represent Team Canada at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia in August 2014 after competing in the NCAA Championships and Canadian Swimming Trials in back-to-back weeks... qualified for NCAAs for the second year in a row and finished third in the consolation final of the 200 breast to become the program's first swimmer to earn Honorable Mention All-America acclaim in an individual event since 2010... accounted for 32 team points, tops among the Boilers' swimmers, at the Big Ten Championships after placing second in the A final of the 200 breast and fourth in the A final of the 100 breast... ranked tied for second on the team with nine individual victories... contributed to four relay winners... among the eight swimmers to travel to Dallas for the six-time Classic @ SMU, ranking second on the team with 27 team points after competing in both breaststroke events, the 200 IM and both medley relays... swept the breaststroke events in the dual meets wins against Notre Dame and Michigan State... won the 100 backstroke in the dual meet victory against Miami (Ohio) in the only time he competed in the event all season... won the 200 breast and finished second in the 100 breast at the Big Ten Triple duals... season-best time in the 200 IM (1:48.40) was the Minnesota Grand Prix while finishing second in the B final... also posted a time of 49.78 in the 100 fly at Minnesota.
2012-13: NCAA Championships Qualifier (100 & 200 Breast, 200 IM & Relays)... Dias competed primarily in the breaststroke and IM events... competed in four events at the NCAA Championships as one of two Purdue swimmers to qualify for an individual event... placed 19th in the prelims of the 200 breast for his top individual finish at NCAAs... season-best times in the 100 (54.54) and 200 breast (1:55.31) and 200 IM (1:45.31) from Big Ten Championships were all tops on the team in 2012-13... ranks second in program history in the 200 breast and 200 IM as well as sixth in the 100 breast... swam the breaststroke leg on both medley relays at the Big Ten Championships that posted the second-fastest times in program history... accounted for 22 team points at the Big Ten Championships by placing fourth in the A final of the 200 breast and second in the B final of the 200 IM... was also the top qualifier for the C final of the 100 breast at Big Tens but opted not to compete... was among the nine Boilers that traveled to Dallas for the prestigious Classic @ SMU, competing in the breaststroke events, 200 IM and both medley relays... accounted for 45 team points at the Purdue Invitational by placing third in the A final of the 200 IM, third in the A final of the 200 breast and sixth in the A final of the 100 breast... also won the C final of the 100 fly at the Purdue Invite... swept the breaststroke events in dual meets at Northwestern and Miami (Ohio)... won the 200 IM at the season-opening Indiana Intercollegiates.
2011-12: Dias competed in seven different events, racing most frequently in the breaststroke and IM events... accounted for 22 team points at the Big Ten Championships, winning the B final of the 200 IM with a Purdue freshman-record time (1:45.79) and taking sixth in the A final of the 200 breast... his 200 IM time also ranked as second fastest in program history... competed for Team Canada at the Pan American Games in October, finishing fifth overall in the A final of the 200 IM... his season-best times in the 200 breast (1:57.63) and 200 IM were both tops on the team in 2011-12... 200 breast time also ranked as fourth fastest in Purdue history... his season-best times in the 100 breast (56.68, 4th) and 400 IM (3:55.74, 5th) were also among the Purdue top five in 2011-12... won the A final of the 200 breast with a new meet record time (1:57.63) at the Ohio State Invitational... ranked tied for second on the team with seven individual victories overall... also won the 200 breast in dual meets against Indiana, Iowa/Ohio State, Northwestern and Notre Dame... won the 200 breast by seven seconds while also capturing the 200 IM vs. Northwestern... won the 400 IM vs. Notre Dame... accounted for 47 team points by qualifying for the finals of the 100 and 200 breast and 200 and 400 IM at the Ohio State Invitational... swam the breaststroke leg on the on the victorious 200 medley relay team at the Big Ten Quad.
Before Purdue: Set provincial records in the 200 breaststroke and multiple distances in IM events... also established 11 new personal club records with his Pointe-Claire Swim Club... member of Canada's Junior National Team at the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Champions and a 2011 Great Britain Tour... swam for Team Quebec at the 2009 Canada Games... in 2010-11, his provincial records included short course 100, 200 and 400 IM events and long course 200 and 400 IM events... also part of a provincial record-setting 400 medley relay team... honored as club MVP in 2008 and 2011... graduated with honors.
Personal: Full name is Lyam Olivier Dias, but he also goes by Shmyam... born in Ottawa, Ontario... son of Carlos and Dany Dias... family also includes younger sister Emma... majoring in movement and sports sciences with a career goal of becoming a physical therapist.