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.
Mercer posts Purdue season-best time in 200 free, Sheets has third fastest split in event.
Minnesota to offer free live video webcasts, BTN to televise Saturday highlights on March 3.
Purdue ready for two-day meet in first trip to Madison since 2010.
2012-13 Photo Gallery
Purdue Women's Swimming & Diving hosts Indiana for a dual meet live on the BTN.
More action photos from the Purdue Invitational.
The Boilermakers host Miami (Ohio) for a season-opening dual meet at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Purdue Swimming & Diving hosts the 2012 Indiana Intercollegiates at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
Purdue Personal Preferences
In Her MP3 Player: Jason Aldean
Last Concert She Attended: Dave Matthews Band
Favorite Actor & Actress: John Cusack & Angelina Jolie
Favorite Month of the Year: May
Favorite Holiday: Easter
Favorite Food: Popcorn
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Fishing
Favorite Purdue Building: Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Favorite Big City: Phoenix, Arizona
Unique Travel Locale: St. Malo, France
Country She'd Most Like to Visit: New Zealand
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Dr. David Bridges, Biology
Favorite Meet at Purdue: 2010 Big Ten Championships
Furry Friend: Pete, Vizsla
Other Hobbies/Interests: Photography, Fishing
2012-13: Distinguished Big Ten Scholar... Academic All-Big Ten... McIlrath competed primarily in the breaststroke events... season-best times in the 100 (1:03.49, 4th) and 200 breast (2:17.58, 5th) both ranked among the top five on the team in 2012-13... posted those season-best times at the Purdue Invitational... finished her career ranked fourth on the Purdue all-time Top 10 in the 100 breast (1:02.28)... swam the breaststroke leg on the 200 medley relay team at the Big Ten Championships... won the 100 breast in the dual meet victory at Michigan State... accounted for 34 team points at the Purdue Invitational by placing third in the A final of the 100 breast, sixth in the A final of the 200 breast and fourth in the B final of the 200 IM... also won heat 4 of the 200 IM during the prelims at the Purdue Invitational... placed third overall as Purdue's top finisher in the 100 free at the Indiana Intercollegiates... swam on medley relay winners in dual meet wins at Michigan State and Florida Atlantic... also helped her 200 medley relay team win its heat at the Purdue Invitational.
2011-12: Academic All-Big Ten... McIlrath competed in six different events, racing most frequently in the 100 breast and 100 fly... her season-best time in the 100 breast (1:03.22) ranked second fastest on the team in 2011-12... competed in the 100 and 200 breast and 100 fly at the Big Ten Championships... accounted for six team points at the Ohio State Invitational by placing third in the B final of the 100 breast with her season-best time... also competed in the 200 breast, 100 fly and 200 IM in Columbus, advancing to the C final of the 200 breast and 200 IM... finished as the runner up to Ellesse Lunde in the C final of the 200 breast at OSU... won the 100 breast and her heat of the 200 free (third overall) at the Indiana Intercollegiates... also won the 100 breast in the dual meet victory against Michigan State... career-best times in the 100 breast (1:02.28, 4th) and 100 fly (55.06, 6th) continue to rank among the fastest in Purdue history.
2010-11: CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American... Academic All-Big Ten... McIlrath competed primarily in the 100 breast and 100 fly... her season-best time in the 100 fly (55.06) was best on the team in 2010-11... her season-best times in the 100 (1:02.28, 3rd) and 200 breast (2:21.05, 5th),200 fly (2:10.52, 4th) and 100 free (51.87, 5th) also ranked among the team's top five... her top times in the 100 fly and 100 breast, recorded at the 2011 Big Ten Championships, both rank fourth all-time in program history... also swam the 200 breast at Big Tens but posted her season-best time in that event at the Big Ten Quad... finished second in the C final of the 100 breast at Big Tens... competed in four events at the Purdue Invitational (100 and 200 breast, 100 fly and 200 IM) and SMU Classic (100 and 200 breast, 100 and 200 fly)... qualified for the B final of the 100 breast and fly at the Purdue Invite, finishing second in the 100 breast... was among the eight swimmers selected to travel to Dallas for the SMU Classic in October... competed in the 100 back and 200 IM at the Indiana Intercollegiates... won the team's P2S program core values award.
2009-10: Broke Purdue freshman record and moved to third on program's all-time performance list in 100 breaststroke...clocked time of 1:02.62 during preliminary swim at Big Ten Championships (2/19)...time broke previous record of 1:02.69 recorded in 2000 and bettered NCAA provisional-qualifying standard...scored in 14th place in first conference final after touching wall in 1:02.94...opened collegiate career with five straight top-four placings in 100 breaststroke, including victory in first race at Indiana Intercollegiates (10/10)...also finished second at Miami (10/23), third vs. Notre Dame (11/6), third at Eastern Michigan (11/13) and fourth vs. Northwestern (11/7)...took third in event at Indiana (1/23) and fifth at Big Ten Quad (1/29)...placed sixth in 100 butterfly and swam third leg on third-place 200 medley relay at Indiana Intercollegiates...also finished sixth in 100 butterfly vs. Notre Dame and at Indiana...swam second leg on third-place 200 freestyle relay at Eastern Michigan (11/14)...took second leg on runner-up 400 medley relay vs. Notre Dame and on third-place quartet vs. Northwestern.
Before Purdue: Four-year letterwinner...four-time All-County and All-Conference selection...won four county titles in 100 breaststroke...added 200 IM county crown as freshman...won conference titles in both events in first season...named team's Rookie of the Year...qualified for state championships in 100 breaststroke as sophomore...vote team captain as junior...named team MVP after advancing to state...won county championship in 50 freestyle as senior...qualified for state championships in 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly...finished 10th in 100 breaststroke...voted team captain and named team MVP for second consecutive season...also earned three letters in track and field and two cross-country letters...named to All-County team twice in each sport...won county pole vault championship as freshman...won cross-country Rookie of the Year honors...was named to All-Academic team.
Personal: Full name is Emily Marie McIlrath...born in Crawfordsville, Ind....parents are Robert and Cheryl McIlrath...has one brother, Clinton, and one sister, Monica...is third-generation Purdue student, following grandfather, father and two uncles...majoring in public health promotions.