Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Athlete: Wilma Rudolph
In Her MP3 Player: Coldplay
Last Concert She Attended: The Script
Favorite Actor & Actress: James McAvoy & Natalie Portman
Favorite Month of the Year: October
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Purdue Building: Lilly Hall of Life Sciences
Favorite Big City: Brussels, Belgium
Unique Travel Locale: Munich, Germany
Country She'd Most Like to Visit: Spain
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Soccer
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Snowboarding
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Dr. Bridges, Biology
Favorite Meet at Purdue: 2010 Big Ten Championships
Furry Friend: Maxwell, Bichon Frise
Other Hobbies: Water Sports, Disc Golf
2012-13: First Team Academic All-America... NCAA Championships Qualifier (50 & 100 Free, Relays)... NCAA and Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships Recipient... Second Team All-Big Ten... CSCAA Scholar All-America... Academic All-District 5... Distinguished Big Ten Scholar... Academic All-Big Ten... Gustafson competed in the freestyle sprints and was once again the team's top performer on relays... Cathy Wright-Eger continuing women of educational excellence award... broke the school record in the 50 free (22.49) at the prelims Big Ten Championships... also had the second-fastest time in program history in the 100 free (48.78) at Big Tens... also finished her career among the program-record holders in all five relay events, swimming the anchor leg on all occasions... first member of the program to be a First Team Academic All-America honoree... one of two Purdue swimmers to compete individually at the NCAA Championships, qualifying for the national championship meet for the second time in her career... also raced on all three freestyle relay events at NCAAs... was part of a team-high 15 relay winners throughout the season and was part of Purdue's fastest time in all five relay events... accounted for 28.5 team points at the Big Ten Championships by finishing as the runner-up in the A final of the 100 free and seventh in the A final of the 50 free... also swam on all five relays at Big Tens, helping the 400 and 800 free teams place third... ranked third on the team with seven individual victories, sweeping the 50 and 100 free in dual meets against Indiana and Michigan State... accounted for 34 points at the Purdue Invitational after winning the A final of the 100 free and placing fifth in the A final of the 50 free... also won the C final of the 100 back at the Purdue Invite... helped four relay teams win events at the Purdue Invitational... finished in a first-place tie with Carly Mercer in the 50 free in the dual meet win at Notre Dame.
2011-12: Distinguished Big Ten Scholar... CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention... Academic All-Big Ten... Gustafson competed primarily in the freestyle sprints... qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 50m and 100m free... co-winner of the team's Workhorse Award... had Purdue's season-best times in the 50 (22.59) and 100 free (49.59), both marks being the second fastest in program history... season-best time in the 200 free (1:49.55) from the Big Ten Championships ranked fourth on the team... posted her 50 free time on the leadoff leg of the 200 free relay team at the Boiler-Make-It NCAA Last Chance meet... helped Purdue set new school records in the 200 (1:39.04) and 400 medley relays (3:36.70) at the Big Ten Championships, swimming the anchor freestyle leg on both... also swam the leadoff leg on the 200 and 400 free relay teams at Big Tens... was part of each of the five fastest 400 free relay quartets of the year... ranked fourth on the team with eight individual victories... accounted for 17 team points at the Big Ten Championships, placing eighth in the A final of the 50 free and third in the B final of the 100 free (while posting her season-best time)... accounted for 34 team points at the Ohio State Invitational, finishing fourth in the A final of the 50 and 100 free and fifth in the B final of the 200 free... swam the anchor leg on the victorious 200 free relay team at the Ohio State Invitational... swept the 50 and 100 free in the dual meet wins against Iowa, Northwestern and Miami... won the 50 free in the Big Ten Network live TV dual at Indiana... swam the 100 fly and 100 back at the Indiana Intercollegiates.
2010-11: Two-time Honorable Mention All-American (400 & 800 free relays)... NCAA Championships Qualifier... Second Team Academic All-District... Distinguished Big Ten Scholar... CSCAA Scholar All-American... Academic All-Big Ten... Gustafson competed primarily in the freestyle sprints and was among the team's top performers on relays... swam on the anchor leg on four of the five Purdue record-setting relays at the Big Ten Championships, all but the 200 medley... helped the 400 and 800 free relays score at the NCAA Championships, highlighted by a 15th-place showing for the 400 team... qualified for the C final of the 50 free (23.31) while posting a season-best time at Big Tens... also posted season-best times in the 100 (50.41) and 200 free (1:51.03) at Big Tens... her top times in all three freestyle sprints all ranked among the top five on the team, including third best in the 50 and 100... won the 100 backstroke in the dual meet victory at Michigan State... helped both the 200 and 400 free relays finish second at the Big Ten Quad... swam the anchor leg on the victorious 200 free relay in the dual meet win at Notre Dame and also helped the 400 free relay win in the dual victory at Northwestern... was part of each of three fastest 200 relay teams of the year... competed in the three freestyle sprints and the 100 back at the Purdue Invitational... qualified for the B final of the 50 and 100 free at the Purdue Invite... posted her season-best time in the 100 back (57.93) at the Boiler-Make-It Last Chance meet... recognized as a Ben Korschot Perseverance Award recipient at the 2011 Boilers Back in Action event.
2009-10: Clocked season-best times in all three events contested at Big Ten Championships...nabbed 50 freestyle time of 23.50 (2/18), 100 freestyle time of 51.15 (2/20) and 200 freestyle clocking of 1:52.11 (2/19)...opened season by swimming third leg on victorious 200 freestyle relay at Indiana Intercollegiates (10/10)...also finished second in 50 freestyle and third in 100 freestyle...led off victorious 200 freestyle relay vs. Michigan State (1/8)...also took second leg on winning 800 freestyle relay vs. Spartans (1/7)...swam to runner-up finish in 100 freestyle and anchored victorious 200 freestyle relay at Eastern Michigan (11/14)...also anchored second-place 200 medley relay and placed fourth in 200 freestyle at Eagles (11/13)...grabbed fourth in 50 freestyle vs. Northwestern (11/7) and at Indiana (1/23)...finished fourth in 200 freestyle at Miami (10/30)...swam third leg on runner-up 200 freestyle relay at Big Ten Quad (1/29)...swam second leg on runner-up 400 freestyle relay and finished 10th in 50 freestyle at Big Ten Quad (1/30).
Before Purdue: Four-year letterwinner...four-time All-American...qualified for state championship all four years...medaled at states sophomore and junior seasons...left Columbus with school records in 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay...also earned four letters in track and three in soccer...qualified for track regionals freshman and sophomore seasons before advancing to state finals final two seasons...won conference and regional championships with all three teams...also won regional championship with soccer...was member of National Honor Society...earned academic letter.
Personal: Full name is Lauren Elizabeth Gustafson...born in Columbus, Ind....parents are Richard and Paula Gustafson...older sister Christine is Purdue graduate...also has one older brother, Bobby, and two other older sisters, Erika and Alyssa...majoring in health sciences preprofessional.