The Boilermakers host Miami (Ohio) for a season-opening dual meet at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Athlete: Peyton Manning
In Her MP3 Player: Coldplay
Last Concert She Attended: Coldplay
Favorite Actor, Actress, & Director: Hugh Jackman, Natalie Portman, & George Lucas
Favorite Month of the Year: October
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Hot Dogs
Favorite Purdue Building: Armstrong Hall
Favorite Big City: New York
Unique Travel Locale: Florida
Country She'd Most Like to Visit: Spain
Favorite Outdoor Activities: Camping & Tanning
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Beach Volleyball
Most Memorable Meet at Purdue: Big Ten Championships
Enjoyed This Professor's Class: Jessica Huber, SLHS
Furry Friend: Daisy, Golden Retriever
Other Hobbies/Interests: Being outdoors, Being with friends, Going to football games
2012-13: NCAA Championships Qualifier (Relays)... Big Ten Swimmer of the Week (Nov. 20)... Academic All-Big Ten... Mercer competed primarily in the freestyle sprints... had Purdue's season-best time in the 200 IM (201.59) despite racing in infrequently... her season-best times in the 50 (22.63), 100 (49.02) and 200 free (1:47.16) all ranked second on the team in 2012-13... in program history, now ranks third all-time in the 50 and 100 free as well as fifth in the 200 free... commitment to excellence award winner... led the team with 10 individual victories... was also part of nine relay winners... swam the leadoff leg on all three freestyle relay teams at the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships... accounted for 12.5 points at the Big Ten Championships by placing third in the B final of the 100 free, fourth in the B final of the 200 free and seventh in the B final of the 50 free... helped the 200 and 400 free relay teams post the second-fastest times in program history, including an NCAA A Cut time in the 200 free at Big Tens... season-best times in the 100 and 200 free came on the leadoff legs of the 400 and 800 free relays at NCAAs... season-best time in the 50 free was at the Big Ten Championships... accounted for 68 team points at the Purdue Invitational by winning the A final of the 50 free and placing third in the A finals of the 100 and 200 free and 200 IM... also won her preliminary heats of the 100 and 200 free at the Purdue Invite... led off all three victorious freestyle relays at the Purdue Invitational, helping her win Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors... swept the three freestyle sprints in the dual meet win at Notre Dame... won two events in dual wins against Northwestern and Miami (Ohio)... touched first in the 200 IM at the Indiana Intercollegiates and the outdoor dual meet win against Florida Atlantic.
2011-12: Mercer competed primarily in the freestyle sprints... her season-best times in the 50 (23.03, 3rd), 100 (49.80, 2nd) and 200 free (1:49.14, 3rd), all from the Big Ten Championships, each ranked among the top three on the team in 2011-12... her times also rank eighth, fifth and 11th in program history... also swam on all three of Purdue's freestyle relay teams at Big Tens... accounted for three team points by qualifying for the B final of the 100 free at the Big Ten Championships... also reached the C final of the 50 free at Big Tens... accounted for 34 team points at the Ohio State Invitational, placing fifth in the A final of the 50 free, seventh in the A final of the 100 free and second in the B final of the 200 free... also swam on Purdue's 200 and 800 free relay winners at Ohio State... won the 100 free and finished second in the 100 in the dual meet win against Notre Dame... won the 200 IM and swam the anchor on the victorious 200 medley relay team at the Indiana Intercollegiates... swam on both relay winners in dual meet victories against Michigan State, Northwestern and Miami.
Before Purdue: Attended the University of Arkansas during the 2010-11 school year where she posted the Razorbacks' seasonal top times in the 50 (22.84) and 100 free (49.51) at the SEC Championships... she broke the school record in the 100 free twice at the SEC meet, first in the individual event and later as the leadoff leg on the 400 free relay... her 50 free time on the leadoff leg of 200 free relay was the second fastest in Arkansas history... four-year varsity letter-winner and 16-time All-American at Hamilton Southeastern High School... established new Hamilton Southeastern records in the 50, 100 and 200 free... won the state title in the 100 free as a sophomore... also part of state championship 200 medley and 400 free relay teams as an underclassman... state runner-up in the 50 and 100 free as a senior... also led four relay teams to runner-up finishes at state during her upperclassman years... Hamilton Southeastern was a three-time state runner-up... team captain and MVP as a senior... two-time spirit award winner as an upperclassman.
Personal: Full name is Carly Anne Mercer... born in Anderson, Ind.... daughter of Jeff and Roxanne mercer... family also includes younger sister Lauren... her uncle Daryl is a Purdue alumnus... majoring in speech, language and hearing sciences with a career ambition of entering the medical field.