Nate Thomas
Nate  Thomas

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pace, Fla.

High School:
Pace

Event:
Freestyle

Birthdate:
02/19/1996

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

02/25/2017

Boilermakers Win 3 B Finals at Big Tens

Johnson flawless on his final dive of 3-meter final, earning six 10s

11/17/2016

21 Boilermakers Score on Day 1 at Va Tech

McDowell, Meitz, Rawson and Smailis post top-three finishes in an A final

10/27/2016

Purdue Ready for Dual in South Bend

Women to also compete against Miami (Fla.), Rutgers in first road dual

2016-17 / AS A JUNIOR
Academic All-Big Ten
• Competed in the freestyle sprints
• Posted season-best times in the 50 (20.39), 100 (45.72) and 200 free (1:40.67) at the Big Ten Championships
• Raced as part of Purdue's 200 freestyle relay at Big Tens for the second year in a row, helping the quartet post the 10th-fastest time in program history
• Scored in the B final of the 50 free at Virginia Tech's H2Okie Fall Invitational
• Contributed to both relay winners at the Indiana Intercollegiates
• Also anchored the 200 free relay team to victory in the dual meet win vs. Michigan State
• Runner-up in the 50 and 100 free in the season-opening dual meet 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 in the freestyle sprints
• Posted career-best times in the 50 (20.21), 100 (45.62) and 200 free (1:39.92) at the Big Ten Championships
• Ranked third fastest on the team in the 50 free in 2015-16
• Swam on Purdue's 200 free relay team at Big Tens that recorded the fifth-fastest time in program history
• Finished sixth in the C final of the 50 free at Big Tens to account for three team points
• Runner-up in the B final of the 50 free at the Purdue Invitational to account for seven team points
• Won the 100 free in the dual meet victory vs. Miami (Ohio)
• Contributed to relay winners at the Indiana Intercollegiates and dual meet victory vs. Eastern Michigan
• Won his heat of the 50 free at the Indiana Intercollegiates

2014-15 / AS A FRESHMAN
• 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
• 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) at the Minnesota Grand Prix

HIGH SCHOOL
• 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
• Major: Political Science/Law & Society
• Full name is Nathaniel Alan Thomas
• Born in Munster, Indiana
• Parents are Larry and Dawn Thomas
• Family also includes younger brother Matthew
• Father played football and mom tennis at Franklin College (Franklin, Ind.)

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): Happy Hollow
Would Like to Have Dinner With: Adam Noens
Your Unique Skill or Hidden Talent: Round 21 of Zombies with Huddy
Favorite Social Media Platform: Instagram
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Sharknado
Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones
Favorite Actor: Steele Johnson
Favorite Month: February
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite Food: Anything when Jared's cooking
Favorite Dessert: Brownies
Favorite Purdue Building: Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: The Turnstyle
Most Memorable Meet at Purdue: 2015 Big Tens
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Country He'd Like to Visit: Greece
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Paddle Boarding
Furry Friend: Teddy, Dachshund

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