News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Blanco, Dias & Marr each win multiple events, Davis & Meitz post impressive times for women.
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.
Purdue to honor 14 seniors for their contributions to the program after the meet.
2012-13 Photo Gallery
More action photos from the Purdue Invitational.
The Boilermakers host Miami (Ohio) for a season-opening dual meet at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center
The Boilermakers take their team photos.
Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan
In Her MP3 Player: Jack's Mannequin
Last Concert She Attended: John McLaughlin
Favorite Actor: Ryan Gosling
Favorite Month of the Year: August
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Cuisine: White Chicken Chili
Favorite Purdue Building: Armstrong Hall of Engineering
Favorite Big City: New York
Unique Travel Locale: France
Country She'd Like to Visit: Spain
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Volleyball
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Laying by the Pool
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: K. Dkkson, Inroduction to Mythology
Furry Friends: Theo, Malshi & Max, Shetland Sheepdogs
Most Memorable Moment Meet at Purdue NCAA's 2010
2012-13: Academic All-Big Ten... Hamilton competed in the distance freestyle events... missed most of the second half of the season due to injury but returned in time for the Big Ten Championships to close out here career... posted season-best times in the 500 free (4:54.68) and 1650 free (16:54.50) at the Purdue Invitational... season-best time in the 1000 free (10:09.19) from the dual meet win at Notre Dame ranked as fourth fastest on the team in 2012-13... finished her career as the program-record holder in the 1000 (9:41.87) and 1650 free (16:02.01) as well as second all-time in the 500 free (4:43.07)... also holds Purdue freshman records in all three events from 2010.
2011-12: Academic All-Big Ten... redshirted during the college season due to injury... qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 400m & 800m freestyle.
2010-11: 1650 Free Honorable Mention All-American... NCAA Championships Qualifier... Second Team All-Big Ten... Academic All-Big Ten... Hamilton competed primarily in the distance freestyle events... posted the team's season-best times in the 500 (4:43.07), 1000 (9:52.99) and 1650 free (16:04.36)... finished 11th in the mile at the NCAA Championships to earn Honorable Mention All-American honors, recording Purdue's highest individual finish of the year at the national meet in the process... earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors after finishing second in the mile and winning the B final of the 500 free at the Big Ten Championships... broke her own school record in the 500 free while winning the B final at Big Tens... also competed in the 500 free at NCAAs... posted her season-best time in the mile at NCAAs and her team-best mark in the 1000 free while finishing second at the Big Ten Quad... won the 1000 free in the dual meet victory against Indiana and at the Florida Atlantic Invitational... captured the 500 free in the dual meet win against Eastern Michigan... took third overall in the mile and won the B final of the 500 free at the Purdue Invitational... swept the 500 and 1000 free on back-to-back days in dual meet wins at Northwestern and Notre Dame... continues to own school records in the 500, 1000 and 1650 free as well as freshman records in all three events... won the team's commitment to excellence award.
2009-10: All-American...broke Purdue records in 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle events...moved to sixth on all-time Big Ten performance list and finished eighth in 1,650 freestyle in Purdue-record time of 16:02.01 at NCAA Championships (3/20)...time bettered record of 16:02.61 set while finishing second in event at Big Ten Championships (2/20)...clocking shattered previous record of 16:26.31 set in 1998...NCAA 1,000 split of 9:41.87 also is school's fastest mark, bettering Big Ten split of 9:42.52, and ranks third on Big Ten all-time performance list...originally broke 1,000 freestyle program record while winning event at Indiana (1/23)...9:51.65 time was almost two seconds faster than previous record of 9:53.49 set in 1998...broke 500 freestyle program record twice...first came with 4:44.27 time in preliminary swim at Big Ten Championships (2/18)...record broke mark of 4:46.73 swam by teammate Lauren Roth, who bettered previous record of 4:47.09 set in 2005 one heat earlier...lowered program-record time to 4:43.16 while tying for fifth in final...finished 13th in 800-meter freestyle at ConocoPhillips U.S. National Championships (8/7)...broke 1,000 freshman record vs. Notre Dame (11/6) with time of 9:58.56...time broke previous record of 9:58.64 set in 1998...lowered record again with 9:57.11 clocking vs. Northwestern (11/7)...broke 500 freshman record with 4:47.51 swim at Purdue Invitational (11/20)...time broke previous record of 4:48.11 set in 1991...won nine of 18 freestyle races 500 yards or longer...touched wall first in first four 500 freestyle events and first four 1,000 freestyle attempts, as well as in 1,650 freestyle vs. Michigan State (1/8)...swam third leg on victorious 800 freestyle relays at Eastern Michigan (11/13) and vs. Michigan State (1/7).
Before Purdue: Four-year letterwinner...2006 Illinois Breakthrough Swimmer of the Year...three-time All-American...won state championship in 500 free as senior...member of National Honor Society...four-year student council member...served as vice president of senior class...won IHSA scholastic achievement award.
Personal: Full name is Caitlin Grace Hamilton...born in Normal, Ill....parents are Brian and Jennifer Hamilton...has two younger brothers, Clayton and Riley...majoring in movement and sports sciences.