Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Athlete: Laure Manaudou
In Her MP3 Player: Coldplay
Last Concert She Attended: Ultra Music Festival
Favorite Actor: Denzel Washington
Favorite Month of the Year: May
Favorite Holiday: Her Birthday
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Purdue Building: Hicks Undergraduate Library
Favorite Big City: San Diego
Unique Travel Locale: Miami
Country She'd Like to Visit: Australia
Furry Friend: Pak, Dalmatian
2012-13: NCAA Championships Qualifier (Relays)... CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America... Petric competed primarily in the distance freestyle events... qualified for the NCAA Championships as part of the 800 free relay team, helping the group place 18th at the national championship meet... along with Allie Davis, joined Emily Fogle and Rhiannon Sheets as recent Boilers to qualify for NCAAs as a freshman... had Purdue's season-best time in the 1000 free (10:02.78) and also ranked among the top five on the team in 2012-13 in the 200 (1:48.92, 4th), 500 (4:46.65, 2nd) and 1650 free (16:32, 2nd)... season-best time in the 1000 free was in the BTN live TV dual meet against Indiana... posted top times in other three events at the Big Ten Championships... ranks among the Purdue all-time Top 10 in the 500 (5th), 1000 (9th) and 1650 free (6th)... accounted for nine points at the Big Ten Championships by placing 12th overall in the mile and fifth in the B final of the 500 free... also qualified for the C final of the 200 free at Big Tens... swept the 500 and 1000 free in the dual meet win at Michigan State... also won the 1000 free at Northwestern... accounted for 21 points at the Purdue Invitational by placing eighth overall in the mile, third in the B final of the 200 free and fifth in the B final of the 500 free.
Before Purdue: Petric established three new national records for her age group in her native Slovenia... European Juniors champion... competed in the World Championships for Slovenia as well as the European Championships four times... helped her club team win three national championships.
Personal: Full name is Nika Karlina Petric... born in Ljubljana, Slovenia... parents are Darjan and Karmen Petric... father was a competitive swimmer and her mother was Nika's coach... older brother Jan is member of the Purdue men's team... majoring in interior design in the college of liberal arts.