Kaersten Meitz
Kaersten  Meitz

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Waukesha, Wis.

High School:
Waukesha South

Event:
Freestyle

Birthdate:
12/04/1995

10/16/2017

Swim-Dive Set to Open Home Schedules

Boilermakers host accomplished South Carolina for co-ed dual Thursday

10/13/2017

Kitchel, Young Lead Purdue to Dual Sweep

Amaltdinov, Johnson and Meitz also win multiple individual events in Oxford

10/13/2017

Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics

09/08/2017

Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics

09/06/2017

Meitz Joins USA Swimming National Team

Senior set three Purdue LCM records, won a silver medal at World University Games

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)
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
Swimmer She'd Like to Race Against: Annie Spalding
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 br>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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