Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Coach: Mike Ditka
In His MP3 Player: Avenged Sevenfold
Last Concert He Attended: Skillet
Favorite Author: Adam West
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde & Quentin Tarantino
Favorite Month: December
Favorite Food: Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
Favorite Purdue Buildings: The Dining Courts
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Ireland
Another Sport He Enjoys: Water Polo
Most Memorable Meet at Purdue: 2013 U.S. Open
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Jason Weiss, Civil Engineering
Furry Friend: Nikita, Siberian Husky
2012-13: U.S. Open Champion in the 100m Free... Honorable Mention All-America (200 Free Relay)... NCAA Championships Qualifier (50 & 100 Free, Relays)... Second Team All-Big Ten... Big Ten Swimmer of the Week (Jan. 15)... Tucker competed in the freestyle sprints and was among the top performers on relays... selected as team MVP... broke the program record in the 100 free twice at the Big Ten Championships, establishing the new benchmark at 42.84... also posted the second-fastest time in Purdue history in the 50 free (19.35), coming up just one hundredth of a second shy of the record... won the 100m free on the opening day (July 30) of the U.S. Open in Irvine, Calif., establishing a new Purdue LCM record (49.11) while being the first Boiler to post a sub 50-second time... became the program's first U.S. Open Champion... qualified for the NCAA Championships and earned Honorable Mention All-America acclaim for the second year in a row... raced as part of the 200 and 400 free relay and 200 medley relay teams at NCAAs, helping the 200 free relay foursome place third in the consolation final (11th overall)... competed in the 50 and 100 free at the NCAA Championships as one of two Purdue swimmers to qualify for an individual event... led the team with 15 individual victories and also contributed to a team-high 13 relay winners... accounted for a team-high 34 points at the Big Ten Championships by finishing as the runner-up in the 50 and 100 free at Big Tens to earn Second Team All-Big Ten honors... also swam on four of the five relays at Big Tens... was among the nine Boilers that traveled to Dallas for the prestigious Classic @ SMU... won the 100 free and finished second in the 50 free and helped the 200 and 400 free relay teams win at the Big Ten Triple Duals... swept the 50 and 100 free and anchored the 400 free relay to victory in the dual meet against Indiana... won three individual events and swam on three relay winners on the Michigan State-Michigan road trip to win Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors... set a new facility record in the 100 free at MSU's McCaffree Pool... accounted for 31 team points at the Purdue Invitational by finishing second in the A final of the 50 free and fifth in the A final of the 100 free... swept the 50 and 100 free in the first four meets of the season... swam on two relay winners in dual meet victories at Northwestern, Michigan State, Florida Atlantic and Miami (Ohio).
2011-12: Honorable Mention All-American (200 free relay)... NCAA Championships Qualifier (50 free, 200 and 400 free relays)... Tucker competed in the freestyle sprints... honored as the Team MVP... qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 50m & 100m free, placing 46th of 167 in the 50... swam the anchor leg on the program record-setting 200 free relay team at a time trial at the Big Ten Championships... had Purdue's season-best times in the 50 (19.66) and 100 free (43.44), recording both at the Big Ten Championships... his 50 free time was second fastest in program history and the 100 time third best... his seven individual victories ranked second on the team... accounted for 25 team points at the Big Ten Championships are finishing third in the A final of the 50 free and winning the B final of the 100... swept the 50 and 100 free in the dual meet wins against Notre Dame and Michigan State... finished second in both the 50 and 100 free at the Big Ten Quad... won the 50 free in the Big Ten Network live TV dual meet at Indiana... also won the 50 free at the Indiana Intercollegiates... captured the 100 free in the dual meet victory against Northwestern... accounted for 20 team points at the Ohio State Invitational, finishing fifth in the A final of the 50 free and third in the B final of the 100 free... was also part of Purdue's fastest relay teams in the 400 free and 200 medley... the 200 medley team posted the second-fastest time in program history... swam on relay winners in dual meets against Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern and Notre Dame... also swam the 200 free at the Ohio State Invitational and the 500 free at the Indiana Intercollegiates.
2010-11: Tucker competed in freestyle sprints... would have established new Purdue freshman records in the 50 and 100 free if not for faster marks by current classmate Matt Friede... his season-best times in the 50 (20.17, 4th) and 100 free (44.42, 3rd) both ranked among the Purdue top five in 2010-11... posted both times at the Big Ten Championships, where he also competed in the 200 free (1:41.12)... advanced to the C final of the 50 free at Big Tens... was among the team's top contributors to freestyle relays, swimming the anchor leg on the 400 free relay at Big Tens that posted a team season-best time (2:55.34) and NCAA provisional qualifying mark... also swam the anchor on the 200 free relay at Big Tens, a unit that accounted for the second-fastest time for Purdue in the event... qualified for the B final of the 50 free at the USA Swimming National Championships in August... helped the 400 free relay team win in the dual meet versus Indiana... won the 50 and 100 free in the dual meet at Michigan State... won the B final of the 100 free and finished fourth in the A final of the 50 free at the Purdue Invitational.
Before Purdue: Four-year varsity letter-winner...also played varsity water polo, helping Naperville Central finish third in the IHSA state playoffs in 2009...three-time IHSA state meet qualifier in the 50 free, finishing third as a senior in 2010...anchored championship 200 and 400 relay teams in 2010, helping Naperville Central with the team state title...broke conference records in the 50 and 100 free as a freshman...as a Junior Nationals qualifier in 2010, finished third in the 50 free and ninth in the 100 free...honor roll student was recognized for his excellence in math and science.
Personal: Full name is Daniel W. Tucker...born in Springfield, Ill....parents are Bruce and Lori Tucker...family also includes brother Zach...majoring in engineering.