The Boilermakers host Miami (Ohio) for a season-opening dual meet at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Athlete: Lance Armstrong
In Her MP3 Player: Dave Matthews Band
Favorite Actor & Actress: Paul Rudd & Jennifer Aniston
Favorite Director: David Yates
Favorite Author: Jodi Picoult
Favorite Month: October
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Purdue Building: Martin Jischke Hall of Biomedical Engineering
Favorite Big City: Seattle
Unique Travel Locale: Sydney, Australia
Country She'd Most Like to Visit: Greece
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Volleyball
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Biking
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Mary Pilotte, Engineering
Current or Last Pet of Note: Boo, Cat
Other Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Traveling
2013-14: All-America (Platform Diving)... NCAA Championships Qualifier... CSCAA Scholar All-America... Academic All-Big Ten... Tweardy competed in all three diving events over the course of the season... won from the platforms at the NCAA Zone C Championships to punch her ticket to the NCAA Championships for the first time... placed eighth in the championship final of platform diving at NCAAs to earn her first career All-America award... also competed from the 1-meter springboard at NCAAs... "Whatever it Takes" award recipient... captain award recipient... moved into fifth place in program history from the 1-meter (329.90) and continues to rank third from the platforms (343.30)... scored in all three diving events for the second year in a row at the Big Ten Championships, ranking second on the team by accounting for 33 team points... finished third in the championship final from the platforms, fourth in the championship final from the 1-meter board and seventh in the consolation final from the 3-meter board... won from the platforms in the dual meet at Indiana... was also victorious in the exhibition competition of platform diving at the Big Ten Triple Duals... accounted for 33 team points at the Ohio State Invitational by placing second in platform diving and third from the 1-meter springboard.
2012-13: World University Games Qualifier... Second Team All-Big Ten... Academic All-Big Ten... Tweardy competed in all three diving events during the season and was Purdue's top individual scorer at the Big Ten Championships with 36 team points... finished as the runner-up in the championship finals of 1-meter and platform diving at Big Tens to earn Second Team All-Big Ten honors... also placed seventh in the consolation final of 3-meter diving at Big Tens... qualified for the World University Games in synchronized 10-meter platform with teammate Sarah McCrady of Minnesota, placing fourth... most improved award co-winner... had the team's top score of the season from the platform (343.30) and also ranked second from the 1-meter (325.40)... in program history, moved to third place in the platform and fourth in the 1-meter with her personal-best scores this season... placed third in the finals of platform diving at the Zone C Diving Championships to narrowly miss out on a berth in the NCAA Championships... also placed seventh in the finals of 1-meter at Zones... won the platform diving competition at the Ohio State Invitational to help the Purdue women post the top team diving score... accounted for 41 team points at the Purdue Invitational by placing fourth in both springboard events and eighth from the platform... recorded 1-meter diving wins in dual meet victories against Miami (Ohio) and Northwestern as well as the Indiana Intercollegiates.
2011-12: Tweardy competed in every meet in which the Purdue divers took the boards... placed third in the consolation final of the 3-meter at the Big Ten Championships... qualified for the Zone C Championships from all three boards... honored with the team's Workhorse Award... reached the finals and placed 15th in the 3-meter at Zones... posted 1-meter season-best score (289.05) at Indiana... season-best 3-meter score (310.55) was at Big Tens... posted her season-best score (249.60) from the platform at the Big Ten Quad... 1-meter score ranked as 10th best in program history.
Before Purdue: Four-year varsity letter-winner was a three-time Ohio state qualifier at Elyria Catholic High School in suburban Cleveland... finished second as senior, seventh as a junior and ninth as a sophomore at the state meet... broke the ECHS six-dive list record nine times during her prep career... also established a new 11-dive record her senior year... four-year perfect practice attendance award winner, becoming only the second person in team history to achieve the feat... helped lead ECHS to four straight North Coast League championship titles... also participated in track and field (pole vault), gymnastics and volleyball during her high school years... established a new school pole vault record as a senior and was a level 8 state meet qualifier in gymnastics... AAU national qualifier and All-American diver... four-year high honor roll student... NISCA Academic All-American as senior... National Honor Society.
Personal: Full name is MacKenzie Jordan Tweardy... born in Elyria, Ohio... daughter of Jim and Kim Tweardy... family also includes older sister Brittany... majoring in biomedical engineering with a career ambition of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.