News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Boilermakers recognized for 3.5 GPAs along with athletic accomplishments
Boilermakers return to 25/85 Club after qualifying nine for NCAAs
Hoevet, McClintock receive Big Ten Medal of Honor
125 Boilermakers have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2015-16
Purdue men and women host the Indiana Intercollegiates at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Season opening action for Purdue men and women
Purdue Women's Swimming & Diving 2014-15 team photos
Women's Swimming & Diving photos from 11/1/13 dual meet
More photos from the home opening meet.
Favorite Athlete: Laure Manaudou
Swimmer She'd Like to Race Against: Katinka Hosszu
Favorite Marquee Event: The Olympics
Would Like to Have Dinner With: Her grandpa to tell him how far she's come with swimming
In Her MP3 Player: Coldplay
Last Concert She Attended: Ultra Music Festival
Favorite Social Media Platform: Instagram
Favorite Actor: Bradley Cooper
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Bridesmaids
Favorite Month: May
Favorite Holiday: Her Birthday
Favorite Food: Pasta with Seafood
Favorite Dessert: Ice Cream
Favorite Purdue Building: Wang Hall
Favorite Big City: Venice
Unique Travel Locale: South Korea
Country She'd Like to Visit: Brazil
Favorite Outdoor Activities: Hiking in the Slovenian Woods
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Volleyball
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: Amount of space we have for practice
Most Memorable Meet at Purdue: Casey Matthews Winning 1-Meter NCAA Title in 2013
Furry Friend: Pak, Dalmatian
2015-16: NCAA Championships Qualifier (800 Free Relay)... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar... CSCAA Scholar All-America... Academic All-Big Ten... Petric competed primarily in the distance freestyle and individual medley events… broke her own program record in the 400 IM (4:12.75) at the Big Ten Championships… helped the 800 free relay team qualify for the NCAA Championships for the fourth year in a row… posted season-best times in the 200 (1:48.05) and 500 free (4:44.40) at the Purdue Invitational, the 200 mark also being a career best… accounted for 50 team points at the Big Ten Championships to rank fourth on the team, scoring in three events… finished seventh in the A final of the 400 IM, fifth in the B final of the 500 free and 14th overall in the mile, posting a season-best time (16:27.04) in the mile… also accounted for 50 team points to help the Boilermakers win the Purdue Invitational, winning the 400 IM and finishing fourth in the 500 and 1650 free… also swam the leadoff leg on the victorious 800 free relay at the Purdue Invite… won her heats of the 200 and 500 free at the triple dual with Notre Dame and Ohio State… finished her career as part of the record holding 800 free relay team, an event in which she was part of three of the top four fastest times in program history.
2014-15: Honorable Mention All-America (800 Free Relay)... NCAA Championships Qualifier (800 Free Relay)... World University Games Qualifier (200, 400 & 800 Free; 400 IM for Slovenia)... CSCAA Scholar All-America... Distinguished Big Ten Scholar... Academic All-Big Ten... Petric competed primarily in the distance freestyle and individual medley events... qualified for the NCAA Championships as part of the Purdue relays for the third year in a row... swam the third leg on the record-setting 800 free relay team that finished 12th at NCAAs to become Purdue's first All-American relay since 2011... individually, established a new program record in the 400 IM (4:13.97) at the Big Ten Championships... season-best times in the 500 (4:43.13, 3rd), 1000 (10:01.15, 3rd) and 1650 free (16:25.63, 2nd) as well as the 200 back (2:03.50, 3rd) also ranked among the top five on the team in 2014-15... among the Purdue all-time Top 10, moved up to third place in the mile and fifth place in the 500 free... accounted for 12 team points at the Big Ten Championships by finishing eighth in the A final of the 400 IM and eighth in the B final of the 500 free... scored in four individual events to account for 61 team points (second most on the team) and help Purdue win the Ohio State Invitational... finished second in the A final of the 400 IM, third in the A final of the 500 free, third overall in the mile and seventh in the A final of the 200 free at Ohio State... posted her season-best times in the 200 (1:49.56) and 1650 free in Columbus... was victorious in the 400 IM in the dual meet win at Notre Dame... touched first in the 200 free in the dual meet victory vs. Michigan State... won the 200 IM and anchored the 200 free relay to victory at the Indiana Intercollegiates.
2013-14: NCAA Championships Qualifier (Relays)... CSCAA Scholar All-America... Academic All-Big Ten... Petric competed primarily in the distance freestyle and IM events... qualified for the NCAA Championships with the Purdue relay teams for the second year in a row, swimming as part of the 800 free relay team at Big Tens that posted an NCAA A cut and the second-fastest time in program history... season-best times in the 500 (4:45.05) and 1650 free (16:23.45) along with the 400 IM (4:14.58) were all tops on the team in 2013-14... now ranks among the top three in program history in the 500 (4:45.05, 3rd), 1000 (9:52.42, 3rd) and 1650 free (16:23.45, 3rd) as well as the 400 IM (4:14.58, 2nd)... season-best time in the 200 back (2:03.75) from the Big Ten Triple Duals also ranked third on team in 2013-14... accounted for 23 team points at the Big Ten Championships as the only Purdue swimmers to score in three different events... while posting season-best times in 500 and 1650 free along with the 400 IM at Big Tens, qualified for the A final of the 400 IM, took third in the B final of 500 free and finished 11th overall in the mile... helped the 800 free relay team finish second in prelims and 17th overall at NCAAs... accounted for 18 team points at the Ohio State Invitational, scoring in three events and posting a season-best time in the 200 free (1:49.88)... in dual meet action, won the 200 free vs. Michigan State, the 500 free vs. Notre Dame and the 1000 free at Hawaii... helped the 400 free relay team win in consecutive days vs. Michigan and Michigan State... competed in the 100 back and 200 IM at the Indiana Intercollegiates.
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 swam for the Purdue men's team from 2012-15... majoring in interior design in the college of liberal arts.