124 Boilermakers have earned academic distinction this year
Men host Miami Friday, women welcome UND and OSU Saturday
Purdue had 63 student-athletes earn the award.
Seniors lead Purdue to fourth-place finish at Big Tens; 10 Boilers qualify for NCAAs.
Coaching staff will select top two performers at Michigan meet for Big Tens travel roster.
Purdue Men host WKU
Purdue Swim vs. WKU
The Boilermakers host Notre Dame for dual meet action.
More photos from home opening meet
Favorite Pro Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite Athlete: Aaron Piersol
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): Texas Aquatic Center
Swimmer He'd Like to Race Against: Austin Flager
Favorite Marquee Event: Olympics
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: George Washington
In His MP3 Player: 2 Chainz
Last Concert He Attended: Timeflies
Favorite Social Media Platform: Instagram
Magazine He Subscribes To: Splash Magazine
Favorite Author: Ernest Hemmingway
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Nicholas Cage, Mila Kunis, J.J. Abrams
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Tropic Thunder
Favorite TV Show: Star Wars the Clone Wars
Favorite Month: January
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Dessert: Mint Ice cream
Favorite Purdue Building: Armstrong
Favorite Big City: Nashville, Tennessee
Unique Travel Locale: Costa Rica
Country He'd Like to Visit: Spain
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Ultimate Frisbee
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Baseball
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: Hot tub
Most Memorable Meet at Purdue: Indiana Univeristy (2014-15 season)
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Professor Trice, ME250
Furry Friend: Lucky, mutt
2014-15: Distinguished Big Ten Scholar... Academic All-Big Ten... Curtiss competed primarily in the backstroke events... posted season-best times in the 100 (49.45) and 200 back (1:48.54), 50 free (21.74) and 100 fly (51.90) at the Michigan First Chance meet... won the 100 back at Michigan while posting the third-fastest time on the team in 2014-15... also had strong times in the 100 (49.70) and 200 back (1:54.87) at the Minnesota Grand Prix, where he also competed in the 100 and 200 free (1:48.60)... won the C final of the 100 back at the Minnesota Grand Prix... swam the leadoff leg for the victorious 200 medley relay team in the dual win at Miami (Ohio)... won his heat and finished fifth overall in the 100 back at the season-opening Indiana Intercollegiates.
2013-14: Curtiss competed primarily in the backstroke events... posted season-best times in the 100 (50.04, 4th) and 200 back (1:50.34, 5th) that ranked among the top five on the team in 2013-14 at the Michigan First Chance meet... won the 200 back and helped his 200 medley relay finish in a first-place tie in the dual meet win vs. Miami (Ohio), posting his best times of the fall in the 100 (51.61) and 200 back (1:53.59) at that meet... raced in the 50 free and 100 back at the season-opening Indiana Intercollegiates.
Before Purdue: Curtiss was a four-year letter-winner for coach John Morse at Ravenwood High School in suburban Nashville... part of a state champion 200 medley relay team as a senior, earning All-American acclaim... helped Ravenwood finish as the state runner-up as a senior captain... two-time Scholastic All-American had a 4.0 GPA in multiple years and graduated among the top five percent of his class... top times of 50.76 in the 100 back and 1:53.28 in the 200 back as a senior... Purdue Merit Scholar.
Personal: Full name is Theodore R. Curtiss... born in St. Louis... parents are Charles and Angela Curtiss... family also includes older sister Rachel, who swims at Middlebury College... majoring in materials science and engineering.