Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan
In His MP3 Player: Stevie Ray Vaughan
Last Concert He Attended: Eric Clapton
Favorite Writer: Dr. Seuss
Favorite Actor: Bruce Lee
Favorite Director: Clint Eastwood
Favorite Holiday: St. Patrick's Day
Favorite Cuisine: Cajun
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Country He'd Most Like to Visit: Ireland
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Rugby
Furry Friend: Farley, Bulldog
2012-13: Honorable Mention All-America (200 Free Relay)... NCAA Championships Qualifier (Relays)... Ziolkowski competed in the freestyle sprints... 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 teams at NCAAs, helping the 200 free relay foursome place third in the consolation final (11th overall)... season-best times in the 50 (20.03, 4th) and 100 free (45.12, 5th) from the Big Ten Championships ranked among the top five on the team in 2012-13... finished his career ranked seventh in program history in the 50 free (19.96) thanks to his personal-best time from 2012... also finished his career among three of the four fastest 200 freestyle relay teams in program history... accounted for four team points at the Big Ten Championships by placing fifth in the B final of the 50 free... also swam on Purdue's 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams at Big Tens... contributed to seven relay winners during the season... was part of two relay winners at the Big Ten Triple Duals... accounted for six team points at the Purdue Invitational by finishing third in the B final of the 50 free... also anchored his 200 medley relay team to a heat 2 win at the Purdue Invite.
2011-12: Honorable Mention All-American (200 free relay)... NCAA Championships Qualifier (50 free, 200 and 400 free relays)... Ziolkowski competed primarily in the freestyle sprints... qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 50 free... swam the leadoff leg on the program record-setting 200 free relay team at a time trial at the Big Ten Championships... swam on all five of Purdue's fastest 200 free relay quartets; also contributed to successful 400 free relay teams... season-best times in the 50 (19.96, 3rd) and 100 free (45.09, 5th) from the Big Ten Championships both ranked among the top five on the team in 2011-12... qualified for the B final of the 50 free at the Big Ten Championships... accounted for 15 team points at the Ohio State Invitational, placing sixth in the A final of the 50 free and seventh in the B final of the 100 free... won the 50 free in a tie finish with Matt Friede in the dual meet win vs. Northwestern... swam on freestyle relay winners in dual meets against Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame as well as the Indiana Intercollegiates... part of medley relays winners in dual meets against Miami, Michigan State as well as the Big Ten Quad... named team captain for 2012-13.
2010-11: Ziolkowski competed primarily in freestyle sprints... his season-best times ranked among Purdue's top five in the 50 (20.07, 2nd) and 100 free (45.14, 4th)... swam the anchor leg on the 200 free relay (1:18.99) at the Ohio State Last Chance meet that posted a season-best time and the second-fastest mark in program history... also posted his season-best time in the 50 free at the OSU meet... was part of three of the top five fastest relay groupings of the year in the 200 free... was also part of 400 free and 200 medley relay teams that also ranked among the Purdue top five... posted his season-best time in the 100 free at the Big Ten Championships, reaching the C final... won the B final of the 50 free at the Purdue Invitational... also competed in the 100 and 200 free at the Purdue Invite... swam the 100 back and 200 IM at the Indiana Intercollegiates... won the team's most improved award.
2009-10: Won 50 freestyle vs. Carthage for first collegiate win (11/13)...also led off third-place 400 freestyle relay...made collegiate debut at Indiana Intercollegiates by swimming third leg on second-place 200 freestyle relay and anchoring fifth-place 200 medley relay (10/10)...finished third in 50 freestyle vs. Miami (10/30) and fourth in event vs. Ball State (1/15) and at Ohio State Winter Invite (2/14)...Ohio State swim featured season-best 20.57 clocking in preliminary...also placed 11th in 100 freestyle with season-best time of 46.34 and led off runner-up 200 freestyle relay at Ohio State Winter Invite (2/13)...anchored second-place 400 medley relay and third-place 200 freestyle relay vs. Ball State.
Before Purdue: Four-year letterwinner...left New Prarie with school and facility records in 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay...also held 50 freestyle sectional record...earned All-America status in 50 freestyle as senior...advanced to state final junior season...named team MVP final two seasons...named Most Valuable Freestyler as sophomore...member of National Honor Society.
Personal: Full name is Benjamin Raymond Ziolkowski...born in South Bend, Ind....parents are Randy and Judy Ziolkowski...family also includes sisters Amanda, Gabriella and Maddison and brothers Preston and Noah...majoring in economics.