Yvonne Laaper
Yvonne Laaper

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Newburgh, Ind.

High School:
Castle

Event:
Middle Distance Free

Birthdate:
09/04/1983



2004-05: Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten consolation finalist in the 400 IM, recording a 16th-place time of 4:29.95 ... also competed in the 1,650 and 500 free at the conference championships ... at Michigan State, won the 1,000 free title in 10:24.46 and was runner-up in the 500 free at 5:10.85 ... second-place in the 1,000 free against Northwestern, with season best time of 10:15.84 ... third-place in the 1,650 free at the Nike Cup, recorded season best of 16:55.20 ... co-winner of team's recruiting award with Kimbre Vogel.

2003-04: CSCAA Honroable Mention Academic All-American ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Championship finalist in the 500 free ... placed 16th in the 500 free with a time of 4:55.18 ... during the 500 free prelims posted a NCAA provisional time of 4:53.29, which was also a career best ... narrowly missed reaching the finals of the 400 individual medley at the conference championships, placing 17th at 4:27.71 ... also competed in the 200 breaststroke at the conference meet and recorded a season-best time of 2:22.07 ... recorded five consecutive top-three showings in the 1,000 free, placing second against Iowa, Miami (Ohio) and Michigan State ... finished third in the 1,000 free at the Georgia Tech/Florida Atlantic Triangular and vs. Arkansas ... registered back-to-back third-place showings in the 500 free against the Lady Razorbacks and Indiana.

2002-03: Placed 13th in the finals of the 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships, clocking a mark of 4:25.38 ... qualified for the 400 IM finals after placing 12th in the prelims at 4:23.08 ... competed in the 200 breast and 500 free prelims at the conference meet ... finished second in the 400 IM (4:24.70) and third in the 200 breast (2:22.63) and 1,000 free (10.14.69) at the Georgia Tech/Cincinnati triangular ... placed third in the 500 at Indiana Intercollegiates ... took the bronze in the 1,000 free at the Rainbow Invite in Hawaii.

High School/Club Team: Swam for the Newburgh Sea Creatures club team ... team captain of her club team as a junior and senior ... was highest individual points scorer at the 2002 short-course state meet with first-place (1,000 free & 400 IM), third-place (500 & 1,650 free) and fifth-place (200 breast) finishes ... two-time state finalist ... sectional finalist, Junior National meet and U.S. Open qualifier in the 400 IM, 200 free and 500 free her junior and senior years ... also competed at 2002 long-course state meet and had four top-ten finishes ... club was USS Indiana state champions ... active in student council, jewelry club and was vice president of her senior class ... graduated with Academic Honors diploma.

Personal: Born Sept. 4, 1983 ... given name is Yvonne Michelle Laaper ... parents are Ben and Joanna Laaper ... has an older brother, Steve; an older sister, Nicole; and a younger sister, Michele ... both Steve and Nicole are also Purdue students ... enjoys reading and running in her free time ... majoring in psychology with a concentration in pre-physical therapy.