Kaersten Meitz
Kaersten  Meitz

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Waukesha, Wis.

High School:
Waukesha South

Event:
Freestyle

Birthdate:
12/04/1995

11/19/2017

Records, Event Wins to Finish Invite

Amaltdinov, Loschiavo win their premier events; Meitz, Kitchel break records

11/17/2017

Records Fall on Day 1 of Purdue Invite

Cifelli and Loschiavo finish 1-2 in 1-meter diving; Hakan moves into top 10 in 500 free

11/17/2017

Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics

11/10/2017

Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics

11/04/2017

Boilermakers Split Dual with Hawkeyes

Purdue men finish 1-2-3 in 1-meter, 200 IM to surge in front, but Iowa takes final relay

11/11/2014

2014 Indiana Intercollegiates Mega Gallery

Purdue men and women host the Indiana Intercollegiates at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center

09/11/2014

2014-15 Purdue Team Photos

Purdue Women's Swimming & Diving 2014-15 team photos

2017-18 / AS A SENIOR
USA Swimming National Team

2016-17 / AS A JUNIOR
Honorable Mention All-America (500 Free)
World University Silver Medalist (4x200 Free Relay)
World University Games Qualifier (400, 800 Free)
NCAA Championships Qualifier (200, 500, 1650 Free)
Big Ten Swimmer of the Week (Oct. 26)
Academic All-Big Ten
• Competed primarily in the distance freestyle events
• Posted career-best times in the 200 (1:44.78) and 500 (4:37.45) at the Big Ten Championships
• Career-best in the mile (16:03.48) was at NCAAs, improving on her second-fastest time in program history
• Honored as the team's co-MVP
• Established new Purdue records in the 500 and 1,000 free (9:38.79)
• Won bronze with a third-place finish in the 500 free at the Big Ten Championships
• Finished in 13th place in the 500 freestyle at NCAAs to earn honorable mention All-America accolades for the second year in a row, becoming the first Purdue swimmer to repeat as an All-American since 2010 and 2011
• Became Purdue's first female swimmer to qualify for Team USA's roster for the World University Games
• Helped the USA's 4x200 free relay team qualify as the top seed for the final to earn a silver medal at the World University Games
• Finalist in both of her individual events (5th in the 400, 8th in the 800) at WUG
• Represented the Boilermakers at the USA College Challenge in Indianapolis, eclipsing the 1,000 free record at the all-star meet
• Also finished seventh in the A final of the 200 free and 11th in the 1,650 free at Big Tens to account for a team-high 66 points
• Co-recipient of the team's Tom Reiter Commitment to Excellence award
• Represented Purdue at the USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships in June, posting a trio of top-12 finishes
• Qualified for the World University Games by placing fourth in the 400- and sixth in the 800-meter free at Nationals
• Led the team with 16 individual event victories and also contributed to seven relay winners
• Swam on four of the five relays at Big Tens, helping the 400 free and 400 medley teams post the second-fastest times in program history
• Won the 200, 500 and 1,000 free vs. Indiana and Iowa as well as the Big Ten Triple Duals
• Also swept the distance freestyle events in duals vs. Miami (Ohio), Notre Dame
• Won the 200 and 500 vs. Michigan State
• Finished second in the 200, 500 and 1,650 free at Virginia Tech's H2Okie Fall Invitational to account for 51 points, good for second on the team
• Won the 100 free and her heat of the 50 while placing second overall at the Indiana Intercollegiates

2015-16 / AS A SOPHOMORE
Honorable Mention All-America (500 Free)
NCAA Championships Qualifier (200, 500, 1650 Free; 800 Free Relay)
U.S. Olympic Team Trials Qualifier
Academic All-Big Ten
Big Ten Swimmer of the Week (Jan. 27)
• Competed primarily in the distance freestyle events
• Posted career-best times in the 200 (1:46.44), 500 (4:39.75) and 1650 free (16:04.04) at the Big Ten Championships
• Broke the program record in the 500 free at the Purdue Invitational and Big Ten Championships
• Finish sixth in the consolation final (14th overall) of the 500 free at the NCAA Championships to garner Honorable Mention All-America accolades
• Also competed in the 200 and 1,650 free as well as the 800 free relay at NCAAs while qualifying as an individual for the second year in a row
• Accounted for 64 team points at the Big Ten Championships to rank second on the team
• At Big Tens, finished fourth in the A final of the 500 free, fifth overall in the mile and sixth in the B final of the 200 free
• Also helped Purdue establish a new program record in the 400 medley relay at Big Tens, one of four relays she was a part of at the conference championship meet
• Was also second on the team in scoring at the Purdue Invitational, winning the mile to go along with runner-up finishes in the 200 and 500 free
• Helped the Boilermakers win the 400 and 800 free relays at the Purdue Invite, two of the five relay winners she contributed to for the season
• Ranked fourth on the team with seven individual event victories
• Named Big Ten Swimmer of the week after sweeping the 500 and 1,000 free in the dual meet at Indiana
• Won the 200 free at the season-opening Michigan State Outdoor Invitational

2014-15 / AS A FRESHMAN
NCAA Championships Qualifier (200, 500, 1650 Free)
• Competed primarily in the mid and distance freestyle events
• Established a new Purdue overall and freshman record (4:42.11) in the 500 free at the Big Ten Championships
• Purdue's first freshman to qualify for NCAAs in individual events since 2012
• Top showing at NCAAs was 22nd in the prelims of the 500 free, posting a time of 4:42.39 that was just shy of her program record
• Accounted for 13 team points at the Big Ten Championships by finishing second in the B final of the 500 free and 11th overall in the mile
• Also accounted for Purdue's season-best times in the 1,000 (9:47.68) and 1,650 free (16:13.83), ranking second in program history in both events
• Season-best time of 1:47.38 in the 200 free at NCAAs ranks eighth in program history
• Scored in three individual events at the Ohio State Invitational to account for 39 team points and help Purdue win the meet
• Finished fifth overall in the mile, sixth in the A final of the 200 free and seventh in the A final of the 500 free at Ohio State
• Accounted for five individual event victories over the course of the season
• Posted her season-best time in the 1,000 free while winning the event in the dual with Indiana
• Won the 1,000 free a week later at the Big Ten Triple Duals in Minneapolis
• Also won the 1,000 free in dual meet wins vs. Notre Dame, Michigan State and Miami (Ohio)
• Contributed to two freestyle relay winners against Michigan State

HIGH SCHOOL
• Two-time Wisconsin state champion in the 500 free as an upperclassman for coaches Blaine Carlson and Andy Schaser
• Member of 400 free relay team that set a new national public school record
• Helped lead Waukesha South High to three straight Wisconsin state titles
• All-American in the 200 and 500 free as a senior
• Four-year WSHS scholar-athlete
• 2013 NCSA long course national champion in the 800 free
• Set a new 400-meter free state record for 17- and 18-year-olds

PERSONAL
• Major: Selling and Sales Management
• Full name is Kaersten Frances Meitz
• Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin
• Parents are Curt and Kristel Meitz
• Family also includes younger brother Kristjan
• Father competed in track & field as well as club football at Marquette University

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: Green Bay Packers
Favorite Coach: Chris Klinge
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): McCauley Aquatic Center
Most Exciting Event to Watch at a College Meet: 200 Free
Unique Skill/Hidden Talent: Can Eat 10 Scoops Of Ice Cream In 14 Minutes
Favorite Marquee Event: Olympics
Would Like to Have Dinner With: Santa Claus
In Her MP3 Player: Taylor Swift
Last Concert She Attended: Ed Sheeran
Musician She'd Love to See Play Purdue: Taylor Swift
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling
Last Book She Read: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
Favorite Multimedia App: Spotify
Favorite Actor & Actress: Ryan Reynolds & Emma Watson
Favorite TV Show: New Girl
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: 10 Things I Hate About You
Favorite Sci-Fi Series: Harry Potter
Favorite Month: December
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Dessert: Key Lime Pie
Favorite Purdue Building: Wiley Dining Court
Favorite Purdue Athletic Venue (Besides Aquatic Center): Mackey Arena
Favorite Big City: Paris
Unique Travel Locale: The Amazon Rainforest of Peru
Continent She'd Like to Visit: Africa
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Tubing
Another Sport She Enjoys: Cross Country Skiing
Most Memorable Meet at Purdue: 2017 Big Tens
Favorite Thing About the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center: Snack station in team room
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Andy Freed, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Furry Friend: Zach, German Shorthair

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