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Sam Wilcher
Sam Wilcher

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Arlington Heights, Ill.

High School:
Christian Liberty Academy

Event:
Freestyle/Butterfly

Experience:
3L



2009-10: Voted team captain along with Gage Barry, Andre Koop and Kyle Mitrione.

2008-09: Broke school record in 200 butterfly with 1:44.56 clocking at Big Ten Championships (2/28)...time placed fifth and eclipsed previous record of 1:46.15 set by Dan Kleber in 2000...moved to second on Purdue's all-time performance list in 100 butterfly with 47.11 time that placed ninth at Big Ten Championships (2/27)...clocked season-best time of 4:29.13 in 500 freestyle at Big Ten Championships (2/26)...finished 15th in 200 butterfly at U.S. Open National Championships (8/4)...also placed 19th in 100 butterfly (8/6)...won 500 freestyle in 4:43.73 and finished second in 200 IM with 1:57.27 time at Indiana Intercollegiates (10/18)...also swam third leg on third-place 200 medley relay...won 200 butterfly in 1:50.38 at Notre Dame (11/8)...also swam third leg on second-place 400 medley relay and finished seventh with 4:50.40 clocking in 500 freestyle...won 200 IM in 1:54.75 and led off fourth-place 400 medley relay at Purdue Challenge (11/14)...won 100 butterfly in 49.43 and 200 butterfly in 1:51.06 at Michigan State (1/17)...won 200 butterfly with then-season-best time of 1:45.91 and recorded then-season-best clocking of 48.46 while finishing fourth in 100 butterfly vs. Indiana (2/7)...also swam third leg on fourth-place 400 freestyle relay and on fifth-place 400 medley relay...finished second in 200 butterfly with 1:49.90 clocking and in 100 butterfly after stopping clock in 50.28 at Northwestern (11/7)...finished fourth in 200 butterfly with 1:47.67 time at Art Adamson Invitational (11/23)...also swam third leg on seventh-place 400 medley relay, anchored 11th-place 200 freestyle relay, recorded 18th-place finish in 200 IM in 1:53.54 and finished 20th in 500 freestyle with 4:34.10 time (11/21) and swam second leg on eighth-place 800 freestyle relay, finished eighth in 100 butterfly with 49.21 clocking and swam third leg on 14th-place 200 medley relay (11/22)...finished second in 100 butterfly with 51.22 clocking and fifth in 500 freestyle with 4:42.09 time in triple dual at Florida Atlantic (1/10)...swam third leg on second-place 400 medley relay and finished seventh in 200 butterfly with 1:51.86 time and 12th in 200 IM with 1:58.00 clocking in Big Ten Duals at Minnesota (1/30)...also finished fifth in 100 butterfly after touching wall in 49.70 and seventh in 400 IM with 4:06.65 time (1/31)...recorded 1:45.27 time in 200 butterfly at Boiler-Make-It Last Chance (3/1)...touched wall in 1:44.79 in 200 butterfly at Purdue Last Chance (3/8)

2007-08: Swam in the 500 free, 100 fly and 200 fly at the Big Ten Championships ... finished seventh in the 100 fly with a time of 47.88 ... recorded other season-best times of 4:29.41 in the 500 free and 1:45.63 in the 200 fly at the Big Ten meet ... won three races, including the 200 free at the Indiana Intercollegiates, the 200 back against Miami and the 200 fly versus Florida ... took five second place showings, with one coming in the 500 free and four in the 200 fly.

2006-07: Big Ten scorer in the 100 and 200 fly ... placed seventh in the 200 fly with a 1:46.94 ... claimed 12th in the 100 fly with a mark of 48.40 ... Big Ten 100 fly prelim time of 48.11 ranks as the third best in Purdue history, while his 200 fly prelim of 1:46.77 ranks second all-time behind Dan Kleber's 1:46.15 ... began college career with a win and second-place finish in the 100 fly and 200 free at the Indiana Intercollegiates then won both butterfly events vs. Arizona State with times of 49.59 and 1:51.07 ... did not place lower than third in any butterfly race during the dual-meet season ... helped Purdue defeat Indiana with a win in the 200 fly, posting a 1:48.58 ... swept the butterfly races at Notre Dame ... won the 100 fly against Wisconsin/Minnesota and Michigan State ... against Ohio State, won the 200 fly and was third in the 100 fly ... succeeded at the Purdue Dual, collecting a runner-up showing in the 100 fly and third-place finish in the 200 fly ... scored at the U.S. Open in both fly races; taking 12th in the 100-meter and 14th in the 200-meter.

High School/Club: Graduated from Christian Liberty Academy in 2006 ... competed for the Arlington Alligators swim club ... Olympic Trial qualifier in the 100 and 200 fly ... earned Olympic Trial cut in the 200-meter fly at 2006 Senior Nationals, recording a time of 2:03.93 ... placed fifth at 2006 junior nationals in the 100-meter fly ... club record holder in several long-course meter and short-course yardage races ... Arlington swim coach was Mary Ruffin.

Personal: Given name is Samuel Robert Wilcher ... born Sept. 11, 1988 ... son of Charles and Mary Wilcher ... has a younger sister, Laura ... majoring in business management.