Blanco qualifies for four A finals in Minneapolis for the second year in a row.
Matthews wins 1-meter diving Big Ten title; Mercer claims 3 Swimmer of the Week awards.
Junior finishes eighth in championship final of platform diving.
Diver takes fourth in championship final of 3-meter for second year in a row.
News & Notes on Purdue Athletics.
Women's Swimming & Diving photos from 11/1/13 dual meet
More photos from the home opening meet.
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 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
2013-14: NCAA Championships Qualifier (50 & 100 Free, Relays)... Three-Time Big Ten Swimmer of the Week (Nov. 12, Nov. 26 & Jan. 14)... Mercer competed primarily in the freestyle sprints... established a new program record in the 100 free (48.43) at the Ohio State Invitational... also finished her career ranked among the Purdue all-time Top 10 in the 50 (22.63, 3rd) and 200 free (1:46.57, 4th) along with the 200 IM (2:00.24, 3rd)... qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second time as a Boilermaker, but made it as an individual qualifier in 2014... selected as the team's co-MVP and a tri-winner of the Bob Holloway Most Inspirational Senior Performance award... captain award winner... part of the second-fastest relay teams in all three freestyle relays, including the 800 free relay from the 2014 Big Ten Championships that posted an A Cut qualifying time... led the team with 16 individual victories and was also part of a team-high nine relay winners... season-best times in the 50 (22.69, 2nd), 100 (48.43, 1st) and 200 free (1:46.57, 2nd) along with the 200 IM (2:00.24, 1st) and 100 breast (1:06.49, 5th) all ranked among the top five on the team in 2013-14... was also part of the team's top relay quartets in three of the five relays... became the first Purdue woman to win Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors three times in the same season since the Big Ten switched from a monthly to weekly format beginning with the 1998-99 season... honored after sweeping the 50, 100 and 200 free at the November Quad, qualifying for four A finals at the Ohio State Invitational and winning four individual events during the Michigan-Michigan State weekend... accounted for 16 team points at the Big Ten Championships by qualifying for the B final of the 50, 100 and 200 free, highlighted by the winning the B final of the 100... accounted for 56 team points by qualifying for the A final of the 50, 100 and 200 along with the 200 IM at the Ohio State Invitational, finishing as the runner-up in the 100... won her first nine races of the season heading into the Ohio State Invitational, including the 100 breast and 200 IM at the Indiana Intercollegiates... swept the 50 and 100 free in the dual meet at Indiana... season-best time in the 200 free was on the leadoff split of the 800 free relay at NCAAs... competed in four events at NCAAs, including placing 31st in the prelims of the 100 free... competed in the 100 back in the dual meet victory vs. Michigan State.
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.