Purdue opens its new season with the Black & Gold Intrasquad
Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Athletes: Rajon Rondo & Rob Gronkowski & JaJuan Johnson
In Her MP3 Player: Kenny Chesney
Last Concert She Attended: Lady Antebellum
Favorite Actor: Daniel Craig
Favorite Author: Dan Brown
Favorite Food: Seafood & Lobster
Favorite Month: August
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Purdue Building: Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
Another Sport She Enjoying Playing: Lacrosse
Favorite Big City: Boston
Unique Travel Locale: Paris
Foreign Country You'd Most Like to Visit: Australia
Most Memorable at Purdue: 2010 & 2011 Big Ten Championships
Furry Friends: Tyler, Golden Retriever and Bailey & Champ, Cats
Favorite Outdoor Activities: Golfing, Sailing, Laying on the beach
2011-12: Lunde competed in the breaststroke and IM events, racing most frequently in the 200 breast... season-best times in the 100 (1:04.35, 5th) and 200 breast (2:17.41, 3rd) from the Big Ten Championships both ranked among the top five on the team in 2011-12... also competed in the 200 IM at Big Tens, finishing with a season-best time of 2:11.15... won the C final of the 200 breast at the Ohio State Invitational with a time of 2:19.42... also scored team points by qualifying for the B final of the 100 breast at the Ohio State Invitational... swam the 200 breast in every event in which she competed except the Indiana Intercollegiates, where she raced the 100 fly... her career-best times from 2010-11 in the 100 (1:02.95, 5th) and 200 breast (2:15.46, 3rd) continue to rank among the top five in Purdue history.
2010-11: Lunde competed primarily in the breaststroke events... swam the 200 breast in every event in which she competed except the Indiana Intercollegiates... her season-best times in the 100 (1:02.95, 4th) and 200 breast (2:15.46, 2nd) both ranked among the team's top five in 2010-11... posted her top times in the breaststroke events, both NCAA provisional marks, at the Big Ten Championships... both 100 (5th) and 200 breast (2nd) times also ranked among the top five all-time in Purdue history... would have established a new program record in the 200 breast if not for teammate Emily Fogle already lowering that mark multiple times in 2010-11... qualified for the C final of both the 100 and 200 breast at the Big Ten Championships, finishing second in the 200... also competed in the 200 IM (2:09.46), posting a season-best time, at Big Tens... won the B final of the 200 breast at the Purdue Invitational... also competed in the 100 breast and 200 IM at the Purdue Invite, qualifying for the C final of the 100 breast... swam the 200 fly in dual meet wins against Eastern Michigan and Miami (Ohio).
2009-10: Won 100 breaststroke at Eastern Michigan for first collegiate victory (11/13)...finished second in 200 breaststroke vs. Notre Dame (11/6)...grabbed fourth in 100 breaststroke vs. Michigan State (1/8) and in 200 breaststroke vs. Northwestern (11/7)...finished sixth in 200 breaststroke at Indiana (1/23)...opened career with fifth-place showing in 100 breaststroke at Indiana Intercollegiates (10/10)...also swam second leg on third-place 200 medley relay and finished sixth in 200 IM...swam third leg on fourth-place 800 freestyle relay vs. Michigan State (1/7).
Before Purdue: Three-year letterwinner...won four state championships...was injured in December of sophomore season...qualified for 2005 U.S. Open...finished 16th in 400 IM at YMCA Nationals as freshman...returned for junior season and qualified for sectionals, states, junior nationals and short course junior nationals...won 100 breaststroke state championship as senior...finished 22nd in 100 breaststroke at short course junior nationals...member of National Honor Society...was Notre Dame scholar...served as Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association student ambassador.
Personal: Full name is Ellesse Sciera Lunde...born in Amsterdam, N.Y....parents are Thomas Lunde and Lynn Sciera...has one younger brother, Christopher...majoring in civil engineering.