Amaltdinov, Johnson among the favorites to win conference titles
Amaltdinov, Johnson, Meitz complete weekend sweeps of their event specialties
Boilermakers lead Northwestern, trail No. 16 Minnesota in team scoring
Boilermakers to honor their seniors Saturday during final co-ed meet
Meitz wins all four events in which she raced; Purdue finished 1-2 in 4 events
Favorite Marquee Event: Olympics
In His MP3 Player: AC/DC
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Miracle
Favorite Month: May
Favorite Holiday: New Year's
Favorite Food: Steak & soup
Favorite Dessert: His sister's tiramisu
Favorite Purdue Building: Rawls Hall
Favorite Big City: Moscow
Unique Travel Locale: Peru
Country He'd Like to Visit: Japan
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: The life guards
Most Memorable Meet at Purdue: 2016 Big Tens
2015-16: Big Ten Champion (200 Breaststroke)... Academic All-District 5... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar... Academic All-Big Ten... CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America... three-time Big Ten Swimmer of the Week (Nov. 11, Nov. 25 and Jan. 27)... Amaltdinov competed primarily in the breaststroke events... would have been seeded third in the 200 breast at the NCAA Championships but opted to forgo his berth at the meet in order to train for the Russian Olympic Trials... finished ninth in the semis of the 200-meter breast at the Russian Trials... established new Purdue and Boilermaker Aquatic Center pool records while winning the 200 breast at Big Tens, out touching Indiana's Cody Taylor by three hundredths of a second... led Purdue with 11 individual event victories... initially broke the pool record at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in the 200 breast, which had stood since 2008, at the Purdue Invitational... also finished sixth in the A final of the 100 breast at Big Tens to account for 56 team points, most by a Purdue swimmer in 2015-16... career-best time of 53.18 in the 100 breast at Big Tens improved on his second-fastest mark in program history... took fifth in the A final of the 200 breast and fourth in the B final of the 100 breast at the USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships in December... became the first member of the Purdue men's team to win Big Ten Swimmer of the Week three times in the same season... posted career-best time of 1:48.82 while finishing fifth in the A final of the 200 IM at the Purdue Invitational... swept the 100 and 200 breast at the Purdue Invite to finish as Purdue's top scorer with 54 points... swam the breaststroke leg on the medley relay teams at the Big Ten Championships that posted the second- (200) and fourth-fastest (400) times in program history... swept the breaststroke events at the season-opening MSU Outdoor Invitational (LCM meet)... also swept the breaststroke events in the dual meet win vs. Iowa... recognized as the team's co-MVP.
2014-15: NCAA Championships Qualifier (100 & 200 Breast)... World University Games Qualifier (200 Breast for Russia)... CSCAA Scholar All-America... Amaltdinov competed in the breaststroke and individual medley events... Purdue's first freshman swimmer to qualify for the NCAAs in an individual event since 2006... established a new Purdue freshman record time in the 200 breast (1:54.33) and already ranks second in program history... also moved into sixth place in Purdue history with time of 53.96 in the 100 breast... initially broke the 200 breast freshman record at the Minnesota Grand Prix (1:54.46) and then lowered it again in the prelims at Big Tens... finished 10th in the semifinals of the 200 breast at the World University Games in South Korea... accounted for 17 team points at the Big Ten Championships by finishing third in the A final of the 200 breast (with his season best time) and eighth in the B final of the 100 breast... also posted season-best time in the 200 IM (1:52.08) at Big Tens... finished 29th in the 200 breast and 42nd in the 100 breast in the prelims at NCAAs... runner-up in the A final of the 200 breast and also finished sixth in the A final of the 100 breast at the Minnesota Grand Prix... won the 200 breast at the Big Ten Triple Duals as well as dual meets against Michigan State, Western Kentucky... won the 400 IM with a season-best time of 3:59.88 against Michigan State... runner-up to Lyam Dias in both breaststroke events in the dual with Indiana.
Before Purdue: Breaststroke standout attended the Moscow School of Olympic Reserve N3 where he was a medalist for his study habits... grew up in Orenburg, Russia, a community located in the southwest part of the country not far from the Kazakhstan border and due north of the Caspian Sea.
Personal: Full name is Marat Rinatovich Amaltdinov... born in Orenburg, Russia... parents are Rinat Amaltdiov and Julia Amaltdinova... family also includes younger siblings Dina and Amina... majoring in finance.