Boilermakers have not competed against Western Kentucky since 1980s at Saluki Invite.
Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Bears
Favorite Coaches: Dan Ross & J. Agnew
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): IUPUI
Swimmer He'd Like to Race Against: Nathan Adrian
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: Abraham Lincoln
In His MP3 Player: Diplo
Last Concert He Attended: Glowrage
Favorite Actor & Actress: Robert Downey, Jr. & Emma Stone
Favorite Month: October
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Dessert: Brownies
Favorite Purdue Building: Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Country He'd Like to Visit: Greece
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Paddle Boarding
Furry Friend: Teddy, Dachshund
2014-15: Thomas competed in the freestyle sprints… posted season-best times in the 50 (20.43), 100 (46.10) and 200 free (1:41.65) at the Big Ten Championships… also swam the third leg on the 200 free relay team at Big Tens, helping the quartet post the fifth-fastest time in program history… season-best time in the 50 free ranked fourth fastest on the team in 2014-15… contributed to victorious freestyle relay teams in dual meet victories vs. Notre Dame, Michigan State and Miami (Ohio)… qualified for the D final of the 50 free while posting his second-best times of the year in all three of his freestyle events (20.95, 47.06, 1:44.08).
Before Purdue: Three-year state finals qualifier in Florida for coach Amy Wolfenden at Pace High School in the northwest corner of the state... FHSAA state champion in the 100 free as a senior, winning with a time of 45.88... two-time runner-up in the state finals of the 50 free as an upperclassman, posting a time of 20.69 as a senior... 50 free All-American as a senior... two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American... also competed in the 100 breast, 200 free and relays at the FHSAA state meet... two-time team captain as an upperclassman... most improved swimmer as a freshman... swam for coach Philip Kraus on the club level... ranked among the Top 10 in his school academically as a "Pace Setter"... four-year academic honor roll student... member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Pace athletic council and ambassador program.
Personal: Full name is Nathaniel Alan Thomas... born in Munster, Ind.... parents are Larry and Dawn Thomas... family also includes younger brother Matthew... father played football and mom tennis at Franklin College (Franklin, Ind.)... majoring in biology.