Boilermakers finish fifth at Big Tens, 19th at NCAA Championships.
Purdue has at least 45 athletes on the winter academic conference list for five straight years.
Purdue has entries in 100 free, 200 fly, 400 free relay & platform diving.
Redshirt-junior earns 4th career All-America honor, posts Purdue's 3rd best 1-meter score.
Boilermakers expected to compete in 10 events, including seven individual events.
Purdue Women's Swimming & Diving hosts Indiana for a dual meet live on the BTN.
More action photos from the Purdue Invitational.
Purdue Swimming & Diving hosts the 2012 Indiana Intercollegiates at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
The Boilermakers take their team photos.
In Her MP3 Player: Nicki Minaj & Drake
Last Concert She Attended: Josh Rouse
Favorite Actor & Actress: Ryan Reynolds & Jenifer Anniston
Favorite Month of the Year: October
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Pizza Rolls
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Camping
Favorite Purdue Building: Purdue Memorial Union
Favorite Big City: Austin
Unique Travel Locale: Bermuda
Country She'd Most Like to Visit: Portugal
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Football
Other Hobbies/Intersts: Dancing
2012-13: NCAA Championships Qualifier (Relays)... Academic All-Big Ten... Nichols competed primarily in the freestyle sprints... qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second time in her career, racing with the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams at the national championship meet... season-best times in the 50 (23.23, 5th) and 100 free (50.21, 3rd) ranked among the top five on the team in 2012-13... finished her career ranked fifth in the 50 free (20.90) and 10th in the 100 free (50.21)... finished her career as part of the school-record 200 free relay team from 2011... was also part of 200 and 400 free relay teams that had the second-fastest times in program history... swam on the 200 and 400 free relay teams at the 2013 Big Ten Championships that finished third and fourth, respectively... contributed to eight relay winners as a senior... season-best time in the 100 free was at Big Tens and top mark in the 50 free was at the Purdue Invitational... also raced in the 100 fly at Big Tens and the Purdue Invite... accounted for 33 team points at the Purdue Invitational by placing sixth in the A final of the 50 free, fourth in the A final of the 100 free and fourth in the B final of the 100 fly... also swam on the victorious 200 and 400 free relay teams and anchored her 200 and 400 medley relay teams to heat wins at the Purdue Invite... won the 50 free in dual meet victories against Miami (Ohio) and Florida Atlantic.
2011-12: Academic All-Big Ten... Nichols competed primarily in the freestyle sprints... her season-best times in the 50 (22.90, 2nd) and 100 free (50.50, 5th) and 100 fly (56.20, 5th), all from the Big Ten Championships, each ranked among the top five at Purdue in 2011-12... her 50 and 100 free times rank fifth and 10th in program history... swam on Purdue's 200 and 400 free relays at the Big Ten Championships, the 200 free quartet posting the second-fastest time in program history... accounted for 2 ½ points team points by qualifying for the B final of the 50 free at Big Tens... accounted for 13 team points with her sixth place finish in the A final of the 50 free at the Ohio State Invitational... also swam on Purdue's 200 free relay winner at Ohio State... won the 50 free and swam on a freestyle relay winner in the dual meet victory versus Michigan State and Notre Dame... also won the 50 free at the Indiana Intercollegiates and Black and Gold Intrasquad meet.
2010-11: Academic All-Big Ten... NCAA Championships Qualifier... Nichols competed primarily in the freestyle sprints and was also a key contributor to relays... swam the 50 free in every meet in which she competed... swam the third leg on the 200 free relay team at the NCAA Championships... helped Purdue establish a new 200 free relay program record at the Big Ten Championships... her season-best times in the 50 (23.39, 4th) and 100 free (50.64, 4th) both ranked fourth best on the team in 2010-11... competed in the 50 and 100 free and 100 fly at Big Tens, qualifying for the C final of the 100 free while posting a season-best time... posted her season-best time in the 50 free while sweeping the freestyle sprints in the dual meet win against Eastern Michigan... swam the anchor leg for the victorious 200 medley relay team in the dual meet win against Indiana, posting the second best time of the year for Purdue and an NCAA provisional mark... won the 50 free and helped the 400 free relay team win as well in the dual meet victory at Michigan State... competed in the 50 and 100 free and 100 fly at the Purdue Invitational, scoring team points by qualifying for the B final of the 50 free... helped the 200 free relay team win in the dual meet victory at Notre Dame.
2009-10: Anchored school-record 200 freestyle relay...quartet touched wall in 1:31.01 and scored in fourth place at Big Ten Championships (2/18)...time broke previous record of 1:31.09 set in 2005...opened collegiate career with victories in 50 and 100 freestyle races at Indiana Intercollegiates (10/10)...also led off victorious 200 freestyle relay...won 100 freestyle at Eastern Michigan (11/14) and vs. Michigan State (1/8)...swam third leg on victorious 400 freestyle relay at Miami (10/23), vs. Notre Dame (11/6) and vs. Northwestern (11/7) as well as winning 200 freestyle relay at Eastern Michigan (11/13)...anchored victorious 200 medley relay vs. Michigan State (1/7)...also took third leg on runner-up 200 freestyle relay vs. Spartans (1/8)...anchored second-place 200 freestyle relay (1/29) and led off runner-up 400 freestyle relay (1/30) at Big Ten Quad...finished second in 50 freestyle and third in 100 freestyle at Miami...took third in 50 freestyle and fourth in 100 freestyle vs. Notre Dame...finished second in 50 freestyle vs. Northwestern and at Eastern Michigan (11/13)...touched wall fourth in 100 freestyle and fifth in 50 freestyle at Indiana (1/23).
Before Purdue: Four-year letterwinner...won back-to-back state titles in 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle...first state championship came in 50 freestyle as sophomore...won both titles as junior...50 freestyle swim came in state-record time...defended 100 freestyle crown with state-record time as senior...earned All-American, All-State, All-County and All-Area honors...finished second in 50 freestyle senior season...also earned four letters in track and field...won team's best sprinter award in 2007 and 2008...won school's George W. Forester Outstanding Senior Athlete Award in 2009.
Personal: Full name is Lauren Margaret Nichols...born in Newport Beach, Calif....parents are Jeff and Gigi Nichols...has one younger sister, Maddie...majoring in visual communications design.