Nick McDowell
Nick  McDowell


Las Vegas, Nev.

High School:




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2016-17 / AS A FRESHMAN
Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Nov. 2)
• Competed primarily in the distance freestyle events
• Ranks sixth in program history via career-best time of 9:12.81 in the 1,000 free, posting that time at the Big Ten Triple Duals
• Season bests in the 200 (1:40.36), 500 (4:27.39) and 1,650 free (15:27.54) were at the Big Ten Championships
• Ranked third on the team with 11 individual event victories
• Won the mile at Virginia Tech's H2Okie Fall Invitational, accounting for 40 team points after also scoring via a third-place finish in the A final of the 500 free and qualifying for the B final of the 400 IM (the only time he competed in the event)
• Purdue's top finisher in the mile at Big Tens
• Swept the distance freestyle events in dual meets vs. Miami (Ohio), Notre Dame and Michigan State
• Also swept the 200 and 500 free at the Indiana Intercollegiates
• Victorious in the 1,000 free in dual meets at Iowa and vs. Indiana
• Runner-up in both the 500 and 1,000 free at the Big Ten Triple Duals

• Four-year varsity letterwinner for coach Evelynne Hernandez at Durango High School in Las Vegas
• Also part of the Sandpipers of Nevada club team
• Qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 1,500 free
• Selected for the 2016 USA Swimming men's national team open water select camp roster
• Four-time first team all-sunset region honoree and regional finalist
• State finalist in the 200 IM and 500 free as a sophomore before focusing on freestyle as an upperclassman
• Finished as the runner-up at state in the 500 free as a junior
• Four-year scholar athlete award winner
• Team MVP as a sophomore

• Major: Communications
• Full name is Nicholas Frederick McDowell
• Born in Las Vegas, Nevada
• Parents are Jimmy and Pamela McDowell
• Family also includes older siblings Timothy, Chrissy and Jamie

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: New Orleans Saints
Favorite Coach: Dan Ross
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): IUPUI Natatorium
Swimmer He'd Like to Race Against: Katie Ledecky
Most Exciting Event to Watch at a College Meet: 1650
Favorite Marquee Event: The Olympics
In His MP3 Player: Logic
Last Book He Read: To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite Multimedia App: Netflix
Favorite Director: Quentin Tarantino
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: The Lego Movie
Favorite Super-Hero: Batman
TV Show He Can't Stop Watching: BoJack Horseman
Favorite Month: October
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Dessert: Cookies
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Ultimate Frisbee
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Running
Favorite Purdue Building: Wilmeth Active Learning Center
Favorite Purdue Athletic Venue (Besides Aquatic Center): Ross-Ade Stadium
Favorite Big City: Las Vegas
Unique Travel Locale: New York City
Country He'd Like to Visit: Croatia
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: The Hot Tub
Most Memorable Meet at Purdue: My First Meet
Best Thing About Being a Boilermaker: The great teammates
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: George Hollich, Psychology


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