Boilermakers finish fifth at Big Tens, 19th at NCAA Championships.
Purdue has at least 45 athletes on the winter academic conference list for five straight years.
Mercer posts Purdue season-best time in 200 free, Sheets has third fastest split in event.
Minnesota to offer free live video webcasts, BTN to televise Saturday highlights on March 3.
Redshirt-sophomore won three events at Ohio State Winter Invite.
2012-13 Photo Gallery
Purdue Women's Swimming & Diving hosts Indiana for a dual meet live on the BTN.
More action photos from the Purdue Invitational.
The Boilermakers host Miami (Ohio) for a season-opening dual meet at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Purdue Swimming & Diving hosts the 2012 Indiana Intercollegiates at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Athlete: Cullen Jones
In Her MP3 Player: 50 Cent
Last Concert She Attended: Dave Matthews Band
Favorite Author: Dan Brown
Favorite Actor & Actress: Leonardo Di Caprio & Natalie Portman
Favorite Month of the Year: April
Favorite Holiday: New Years
Favorite Food: Sushi & Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
Favorite Purdue Building: Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
Favorite Big City: Pierre, South Dakota
Unique Travel Locale: Belize
Country She'd Most Like to Visit: Italy
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Ice Skating
Favorite Outdoor Activity: White Water Rafting
Other Hobbies/Interests: Knitting, Playing Euchre
2012-13: Academic All-Big Ten... Katz competed primarily in the backstroke events... season-best times in the 200 back (2:02.33, 5th) and 200 IM (2:04.62, 4th) ranked among the top five on the team in 2012-13... posted season-best times in the 100 back (56.56) and 200 IM at the Big Ten Championships... swam the leadoff backstroke leg on the 200 medley relay at the Big Ten Championships... continues to rank third and ninth in program history in the 100 (55.06) and 200 back (2:01.46), respectively... had strong showings in the 50 free (23.90) and 100 breast (1:06.71) at the Boiler-Make-It NCAA Last Chance meet... accounted for eight team points at the Purdue Invitational, placing fourth in the B final of the 100 back and sixth in the B final of the 200 IM... also won the C final of the 200 back and helped her 200 medley relay team win its heat at the Purdue Invite... won the 100 back in dual meet victories against Miami (Ohio), Florida Atlantic and Michigan State... part of five relay winners.
2011-12: CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention... Big Ten Swimmer of the Week (Oct. 18)... Katz competed in the backstroke events and the 200 IM... broke the Purdue freshman record in the 100 back on the opening leg of the 400 medley relay at the Big Ten Championships... helped the 200 and 400 medley relay teams both set new program records at Big Tens... season-best times in the 100 (55.06, 1st) and 200 back (2:01.46, 4th) and 200 (2:03.02, 3rd) and 400 IM (4:33.44, 5th) all ranked among the fastest on the team in 2011-12... won Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors after winning the 100 back, taking second in the 200 IM and helping the 200 medley relay team win... season-best time in the 200 back was at the Ohio State Invitational while placing fifth in the B final... placed second in the C final of the 100 back at the Big Ten Championships, where she also competed in the 200 back and 200 IM... accounted for 17 team points at the Ohio State Invitational, winning the B final of the 100 back and placing fifth in the B final of the 200 IM... won the 100 back in the dual meet wins against Notre Dame and Northwestern on consecutive days... swam on medley relay winners in duals against Indiana, Michigan State, Iowa, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Miami... her top times in the 100 (55.06, 3rd) and 200 back (2:01.46, 8th) and 200 IM (2:03.02, 6th) all ranked among the fastest in program history.
Before Purdue: Four-year varsity letter-winner at North Central High School... National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-American in the 100 back, 200 IM, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay as a sophomore... two-time Indiana state qualifier in the 100 back and 200 IM as an upperclassman, finishing second in the 200 IM as junior... established new North Central School District records in the 100 back, 200 IM and medley relay... won the 100 back and 200 IM at the Marion County meet as a sophomore... helped lead North Central to four sectional titles and three Marion County championships... four-time NCSD Best Performance Award winner... Barbara S. Shehorn Mental Attitude award recipient as a senior... high honor roll student was a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and academic all-conference honoree... competed at the short course junior nationals in 2009 and 2010 at the club level with her Washington Township swim team.
Personal: Full name is Amy Jordan Katz... born in Taiwan... daughter of Barry and May Katz... family also includes younger sister Zoe... majoring in health sciences preprofessional with a career ambition of attending medical school and becoming a pediatrician.