Both Boilermakers qualified for NCAA Championships this year.
Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Pro Team: Minnesota Vikings
Favorite Athlete: Charles Woodson
In His MP3 Player: Five For Fighting
Last Concert He Attended: Counting Crows
Magazine He Subscribes To: Wakeboarding Magazine
Favorite Animated Character: Stewie Griffin of Family Guy
Favorite Month: August
Favorite Food: Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese
Favorite Purdue Building: Ford Dining Court
Favorite Big City: Minneapolis
Unique Travel Locale: Hawaii
Most Memorable at Purdue: 2009 Dual Meet vs. Indiana
Furry Friends: Brandi, Yellow Lab
2010-11: Second Team Academic All-District... CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American... Distinguished Big Ten Scholar... Academic All-Big Ten... Stewart competed in six different events but saw his most action in the distance free and IM... posted Purdue's best time of the year in the 1000 free (9:13.93) while winning the event at the Big Ten Quad... his season-best times in the 500 (4:26.06, 2nd) and 1650 free (15:29.86, 5th), 200 back (1:53.05, 5th) and 400 IM (3:59.48, 2nd) also ranked among the Purdue top five of 2010-11... recorded NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 500 and 1650 free... finished his career ranked among the Purdue all-time top five in the 500, 1000 and 1650 free and 400 IM thanks to times from 2009... competed in the 500 and 1650 free and 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships, posting season-best times in the 1650 free and 400 IM... was among the eight swimmers selected to travel to Dallas for the SMU Classic in January... competed in the 500 free, 200 back and 400 IM at SMU, winning the consolation heat of the 500 free with a season-best time... won his heat and finished third overall in the mile at the Purdue Invitational... came back later in the day and won the C final of the 200 back at the Purdue Invite... on back-to-back days, won the 1000 free at Northwestern and the mile at Notre Dame.
2009-10: Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award...Academic All-Big Ten...CSCAA All-Academic Honorable Mention...earned NCAA provisional-qualifying times in 500 and 1,650 freestyle events...season-best 500 freestyle time of 4:25.97 came while finishing third at The Classic At SMU (1/16)...also was third in 200 backstroke...clocked best 1,650 freestyle time of 15:28.74 at Big Ten Championships (2/27)...won 1,000 freestyle vs. Northwestern with season-best 9:18.16 time (11/7)...won 1,650 freestyle vs. Notre Dame (11/6) and vs. Michigan State (1/8)...also took top honors in 400 IM vs. Fighting Irish and Spartans (1/9)...swam third leg on victorious 800 freestyle relay vs. Michigan State (1/7)...touched wall first in 500 freestyle and third in 400 IM at Eastern Michigan (11/14)...also swam to runner-up finish in 200 freestyle and 200 IM at Eagles (11/13)...won 200 backstroke at Big Ten Quad (1/29)...took top honors in 200 IM at Indiana (2/6)...was second in 500 freestyle and 1,000 freestyle at Hoosiers...placed third in 1,000 freestyle at Big Ten Quad (1/30)...took fifth in 500 freestyle at Purdue Invitational (11/20)...finished second in 100 backstroke vs. Miami (10/30)...was third in 400 IM at Big Ten Quad (1/30) and fourth in event at The Classic At SMU (1/15)... swam third leg on 800-meter freestyle relay that finished seventh at ConocoPhillips U.S. National Championships (8/6).
2008-09: Academic All-Big Ten...moved to second on Purdue's all-time performance lists in 500 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle and fifth on school's all-time performance list in 400 IM...500 freestyle time of 4:24.40 was recorded at Big Ten Championships and eclipsed NCAA `B' standard (2/26)...achieved 1,000 freestyle time of 9:05.80 while winning event vs. Indiana (2/7)...swam 1,650 freestyle time of 15:19.69 while finishing 11th at Big Ten Championships (2/28)...recorded 400 IM time of 3:53.83 at Big Ten Championships (2/27)...swam long-course personal-best time of 15:48.15 while placing 25th in 1,500 freestyle at ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships (7/10)...also recorded time of 4:06.99 in 400 IM...won 1,000 freestyle in 9:21.75 and finished second in 500 freestyle with 4:35.94 time at Northwestern (11/7)...won 1,650 freestyle in 15:51.65 at Notre Dame (11/8)...won 500 freestyle in 4:35.36, swam third leg on fifth-place 400 medley relay and placed seventh in 200 butterfly with 2:00.95 clocking at Purdue Challenge (11/14)...won 1,000 freestyle in 9:27.55 in triple dual at Florida Atlantic (1/10)...won 500 freestyle in 4:37.17 and 1,650 freestyle in 15:46.30 at Michigan State (1/17)...won 1,000 freestyle in 9:22.34 and placed ninth in 400 IM with 4:10.40 time in Big Ten Duals at Minnesota (1/31)...also finished second in 500 freestyle with then-season-best time of 4:30.89 and ninth in 200 backstroke with 1:55.34 clocking (1/30)...won 500 freestyle with then-personal-best time of 4:26.51 vs. Indiana (2/7)...finished 15th in 500 freestyle with 4:31.38 time at Art Adamson Invitational (11/21)...also swam third leg on eighth-place 800 freestyle relay and finished 13th in 400 IM with 4:00.86 clocking (11/22) and finished 11th in 1,650 freestyle with 15:42.40 time (11/23)
2007-08: Made the Dean's List, Semester Honors and Athletic Director's Honor Roll ... competed in the 500 free, 1650 free and 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships ... touched the wall in 4:01.41 in the 400 IM at the Big Ten meet to record a season-best time ... finished third with a season-best mark in the 500 free of 4:29.76 at the Purdue Invitational ... recorded a 15:48.62 in the 1650 free at the Purdue Invitational for another season-best ... swam to a 9:26.08 against Minnesota and Wisconsin for a season-best in the 1000 free ... won four races, including two in the 500 free and one each in the 1000 free and 1650 free ... finished second twice: once in the 200 free and another time in the 1650 free ... recorded third place finishes against Indiana and Northwestern and Texas A&M in the 500 free and Indiana in the 1000 free.
High School: Graduated with honors from Rochester Mayo High School in 2007 ... did not compete for high school until senior year ... in his lone season was an all-conference and all-state selection, and set a team record in the 200 free ... named Most Valuable Swimmer as he attained All-America citations in the 200 and 500 free, and broke numerous pool and meet records ... Big 9 Scholar Athlete ... recipient of the Davy Johnson Memorial Boys Swim award ... named KTTC-TV Sports Prep of the Week ... has competed for the Rochester Swim Club ORCAS since 1994 ... U.S. National and Junior National qualifier in many events, including the 400 and 800 free and the 400 IM ... placed seventh in the 400 free in the summer of 2006 ... Minnesota state record holder in six events ... named USA Scholastic All-American the last three years ... club team's swimmer of the year each year since 2004 ... recipient of Mayo Foundation scholarship, Purdue Academic Success scholarship and Purdue Valedictorian scholarship.
Personal: Given name is Matthew James Stewart ... born Feb. 12, 1989 ... son of Jim and Karen ... sister, Karrie, lettered from 2005-07 on the Purdue women's swimming and diving team ... grandfather, Bill Meyer, is a Purdue alumni ... majoring in chemical engineering.