News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Six of the Purdue women's nine NCAA Championships qualifiers had 3.5-plus GPAs
Seniors lead Purdue to fourth-place finish at Big Tens; 10 Boilers qualify for NCAAs.
Boilermakers finish fourth to match their best-ever showing at the conference championships.
Boilers had five of the top 10 finishers in platform diving, matched their best-ever team finish.
Purdue Men host WKU
Purdue men and women host the Indiana Intercollegiates at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Purdue Swim vs. WKU
The Boilermakers host Notre Dame for dual meet action.
More photos from home opening meet
Favorite Pro Team: FC Barcelona
Favorite Athlete: Darjan Petric
Swimmer He'd Like to Race Against: Gergely Gyurta
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: John Lennon
In His MP3 Player: The Beatles
Last Concert He Attended: Paul McCartney
Favorite Author: Dan Brown
Last Book He Read: Inferno
Favorite Actor & Actress: Leonardo DiCaprio & Marilyn Monroe
Favorite Month of the Year: August
Favorite Holiday: New Year's
Favorite Meal: Spaghetti Bolognese
Favorite Dessert: Crepes
Favorite Big City: London
Unique Travel Locale: Shanghai, China
Region He'd Most Like to Visit: Tibet
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Soccer
Favorite Building on Campus: Mackey Arena
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: John Larson, History
Furry Friend: Pak, Dalmation
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: The Team Room
Most Memorable Meet at Purdue: First Meet as a Boilermaker
2014-15: Distinguished Big Ten Scholar… CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America… Academic All-Big Ten… Petric competed in 11 different individual events over the course of the season… swam the second leg on the 800 free relay team that established a new school record at the Big Ten Championships… finished his career ranked among the Purdue all-time Top 10 in the 500 (4:23.03, 3rd), 1000 (9:13.93, 6th) and 1650 free (15:22. 27, 9th) as well as the 400 IM (3:48.60, 6th)… Red Mackey nominee for excellence by a senior… Big Ten Sportsmanship award honoree and the winner of the team’s R.O. Papenguth award for sportsmanship… season-best times in the 500 (4:23.86, 1st), 1000 (9:27.89, 3rd) and 1650 free (15:22.27, 1st) as well as the 200 back (1:47.83, 5th), 200 fly (1:49.75, 3rd) and 400 IM (3:48.60, 3rd) all ranked among the top five on the team in 2014-15… finished fifth in the B final of the 400 IM at Big Tens to account for four team points… was also Purdue’s top finisher in the 500 and 1650 free at Big Tens, posting his season-best times in all three events… season bests in the 200 free (1:39.37), 200 back and 200 fly came at the Minnesota Grand Prix… finished eighth overall in the mile and qualified for the B final of the 200 back and the 200 fly in Minneapolis… was the runner-up in the B final of the 400 IM and C final of the 500 free at the Minnesota Grand Prix.
2013-14: CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America... Academic All-Big Ten... Petric competed in 10 different events, most frequently racing in the distance freestyle, 200 fly, 200 back and 400 IM events... season-best times in the mile (16:03.27, 3rd), 500 free (4:25.48, 4th), 200 fly (1:48.81, 4th) and 400 IM (3:50.41, 4th) all ranked among the top five on the team in 2013-14... accounted for four team points at the Big Ten Championships by finishing fifth in the B final of the 400 IM... ranks among the Purdue all-time Top 10 in the 500 (4:23.03, 3rd), 1000 (9:13.93, 6th) and 1650 free (15:23.60, 9th) as well as the 400 IM (3:49.29, 5th)... season-best times in the 500 free, 200 fly and 400 IM were at the Big Ten Championships... season-best time in the 200 back (1:50.50) while competing in five events total at the Minnesota Grand Prix... had a season-best time in the 200 free (1:43.13) while racing in four events at the Big Ten Triple Duals... helped the 200 medley relay team win at the season-opening Indiana Intercollegiates and also raced in the 100 breast and 200 IM... named among the team captains for 2014-15.
2012-13: Academic All-Big Ten... Petric competed most frequently in the distance freestyle events but raced in 11 different individual events throughout the season as one of the team's most versatile swimmers... owned Purdue season-best times in the 500 (4:23.76) and 1000 free (9:23.20)... season-best marks in the 400 IM (3:49.29, 2nd) and 1650 free (15:23.80, 3rd) also ranked among the top five on the team in 2012-13... posted his season-best times in the 500 and 1650 free and 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships... season-best time in the 1000 free was in the dual meet with Indiana... moved up to fourth place in program history in the 400 IM... among the Purdue all-time Top 10, continues to rank second, fourth and ninth in the distance freestyle events (500, 1000, 1650), respectively... finished second in the B final of the 400 IM at Big Tens to account for seven team points... was among the nine Boilers that traveled to Dallas for the prestigious Classic @ SMU, making the trip for the second year in a row... won the 1000 free in dual meet victories against Michigan State and Florida Atlantic... also won the 500 free in the dual victory at Miami (Ohio)... accounted for 34 team points at the Purdue Invitational by winning the B final of the 400 IM, placing sixth in the A final of the 500 free and seventh in the A final of the 200 fly.
2011-12: CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention... Petric competed in eight different events, racing most frequently in the distance freestyle events and 400 IM... established a new Purdue 500 free freshman record (4:23.03) at the Big Ten Championships... qualified for the A final of the 400 IM at Big Tens, breaking the Purdue freshman record in the prelims before it was eclipsed again that night by Guillermo Blanco... his season-best times in the 500, 1000 (9:14.23) and 1650 (15:23.60) free at the Big Ten Championships all ranked as the best on the team in 2011-12... his 400 IM time (3:49.87) was second and fifth fastest in program history... 500 and 1000 free times rank second and fourth best, respectively, in program history... was among the eight Purdue swimmers that traveled to Dallas for the Classic @ SMU, representing the Boilers in the A final of the 200 fly, 400 IM and 500 free... accounted for 43 team points at the Ohio State Invitational, placing third in the mile, fourth in the A final of the 400 IM and seventh in the A final of the 500 free... won the 500 free in the dual meet win against Miami... finished first in the 1000 free in the dual meet victory versus Northwestern... posted a season-best time in the 200 free (1:40.52) in the C final at the Ohio State Invitational... season-best time in the 200 fly also came at the Ohio State Invitational... swam the 200 back in the dual meet win against Northwestern and the 200 IM at the triple dual with Iowa and Ohio State in Iowa City.
Before Purdue: Three-time Swimmer of the Year award winner for his age group on the club level in Slovenia... won multiple national championships in various distances in freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and IM events.
Personal: Full name is Jan Karel Petric... born in Ljubljana, Slovenia... son of Darjan and Karmen Petric... his father was a competitive swimmer and his mother Jan's swim coach... family also includes sister Nika Karlina, who is also a competitive swimmer that also plans to attend college in the United States...majoring in movement and sport science with a career ambition of entering a sports performance or athletic training field.