Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Pro Teams: St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite Athlete: Albert Pujols
In Her MP3 Player: Dave Matthews Band
Last Concert She Attended: Lady Gaga
Last Book She Read: The Shack
Favorite Film: The Sandlot
Favorite Animated Character: Cinderella
Favorite Foods: Peanut Butter & Jelly and Mac & Cheese
Favorite Purdue Building: University Hall
Favorite Big City: Boston
Unique Travel Locale: Puerto Rico
Most Memorable at Purdue: 2010 Big Ten Championships
Furry Friend: Sammy, West Highland Terrier
2010-11: 3-Meter Diving All-American... 1-Meter and Platform Diving Honorable Mention All-American... NCAA Championships Qualifier... Big Ten Diver of the Week (Oct. 26 and Nov. 9)... team co-MVP... Mertz qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second time as a Boilermaker and third time in her career... scored from all three boards at NCAAs, highlighted by a career-high third place finish in the 3-meter... earned Honorable Mention All-American honors thanks to a 12th-place finish in the 1-meter and 16th-place showing in the platform... punched her ticket to NCAAs by taking third in the 3-meter on the opening day of the Zone C Championships... also placed second in the 1-meter at Zones... scored from all three boards at the Big Ten Championships, highlighted by a sixth-place finish in the 3-meter... established a new school-record score (388.35) in the 3-meter at Big Tens... posted her team-best score in the 1-meter (322.80) while finishing second at the Big Ten quad... season-high score in the platform (292.20) was recorded at Big Tens... finished her career ranked among the Purdue all-time Top 10 from all three boards, including third in 1-meter and seventh in the platform... took sixth in the 1-meter at the USA Diving Winter Nationals... won the 1-meter and took second in the 3-meter and platform at the Purdue Invitational... swept the 1-meter and 3-meter events in the dual meet victories against Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and Notre Dame... won the 1-meter in the dual meet victory against Indiana... captured the 3-meter in the dual meet win at Northwestern... posted three top five finishes at the Texas Hall of Fame Invitational, highlighted by a third-place finish in the 1-meter... was the diver selected to travel to Dallas for the SMU Classic in October... finished as the runner-up in both the 1-meter and 3-meter at SMU.
2009-10: 1-meter All-American...moved to fifth on Purdue's all-time performance list in 1-meter and 3-meter and seventh in platform...1-meter score of 309.90 came during preliminary list at Big Ten Championships (2/18)...went on to score 305.90 for sixth place in final...3-meter score of 354.05 came during preliminary list at NCAA Zone C Championships (3/13)...scored 314.10 in final to place third with 668.15 total...platform score of 288.23 was earned during victorious list vs. Indiana (1/23)...won 1-meter at NCAA Zone C Championships to clinch spot in national championship meet (3/12)...opened Purdue career with victory in 3-meter and runner-up showing in 1-meter at Indiana Intercollegiates (10/10)...won 1-meter and finished third in 3-meter at Miami (10/23)...won 1-meter and finished second in 3-meter vs. Northwestern (11/7)...won 3-meter (11/14) and finished second in 1-meter (11/13) at Eastern Michigan...won platform at Purdue Invitational (11/22)...also took second in 3-meter (11/20) and fifth in 1-meter (11/21)...won 1-meter and finished second in 3-meter vs. Michigan State (1/9)...finished third from 1-meter vs. Indiana...finished fourth in platform at Ohio State Invitational (12/6).
Before Purdue: Spent first two collegiate seasons at University of Kansas...earned All-America honors with seventh-place finish off 1-meter as sophomore...was first Jayhawk All-American diver since 1996...finished sixth in platform and eighth from both springboards at 2009 Big 12 Championships...was Big 12 Chick-fil-A Winter Community of Champions Award winner...named Big 12 Diver of the Week during freshman season (Feb. 20)...scored in fourth place off platform and eight place from 3-meter at first Big 12 Championships...four-year high school letterwinner...finished as state runner-up final three years...left school with pool- and school-record score of 478 points...member of honor roll...also lettered twice in track and field and once each in cheerleading and golf.
Personal: Full name is Erin Rachelle Mertz...born in Omaha, Neb....parents are Jeff and Julee Mertz...also has one brother, Chris...intends to major in public health promotions.