Seraphina Van
Seraphina Van

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Cypress, Texas

High School:
Cypress Woods

Height:
5-3

Event:
IM/Breaststroke/Butterfly

Birthdate:
07/21/1991



Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: New York Giants
Favorite Coach: Allen Salinas (R.I.P)
In Her MP3 Player: Pitbull
Last Book She Read: V for Vendetta
Favorite Actor & Film Role: Gerard Butler in 300
Favorite Animated Character: Butters of South Park
Favorite Food: Corn
Favorite Purdue Building: Armstrong Hall of Engineering
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Cancun
Most Memorable at Purdue: 2010 Big Ten Championships
Furry Friend: Chewy, Pomeranian

2010-11: Academic All-Big Ten... Van competed in five different events during the fall semester portion of the season before an injury sidelined for the remainder of the school year... primarily competed in the 100 and 200 fly and 200 breast... her season-best times in the 100 (56.77, 4th) and 200 fly (2:05.09, 3rd) ranked among the top five on the team in 2010-11, posting both times in the dual meet victory at Northwestern... also recorded her season-best time in the 200 breast (2:22.21) at Northwestern... won the 200 breast and 200 fly in the dual meet victory at Eastern Michigan... competed in three events in dual meet wins against EMU, Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio)... swam the 100 breast and 100 fly at the Indiana Intercollegiates... competed in the 200 IM against Eastern Michigan and Miami (Ohio)... continues to rank among the top five in Purdue history in the 100 fly (3rd), 200 breast (4th) and 200 IM (4th), owning the program's freshman record in the 100 fly.

2009-10: CSCAA All-Academic Honorable Mention...took down Purdue freshman 200 breaststroke record twice...first time with 2:16.16 clocking while finishing ninth at Purdue Invitational (11/22)...time broke previous record of 2:17.07 set in 2005...lowered record again to 2:15.96 while finishing 17th at Big Ten Championships (2/20)...time also moved her to second on Purdue's all-time performance list in event...broke Purdue freshman record in 100 butterfly and moved to third on program's all-time performance list in event with 55.05 time that placed 17th at Big Ten Championships (2/19)...time bettered 55.86 that had stood since 1996 and was oldest on books...moved to fourth on Purdue's all-time performance list in 200 IM list with 2:03.10 time that placed 21st at Big Ten Championships (2/18)...opened collegiate career with back-to-back victories in 200 IM...touched wall first in collegiate debut at Indiana Intercollegiates (10/10) and vs. Notre Dame (11/6)...won 200 butterfly and finished third in 200 breaststroke at Miami (10/23)...won 200 butterfly and swam third leg on victorious 200 medley relay at Eastern Michigan (11/13)...won 100 butterfly at Eagles (11/14)...finished second in 200 breaststroke and fifth in 200 butterfly vs. Northwestern (11/7)...finished second in 200 butterfly and swam third leg on third-place 400 medley relay at Big Ten Quad (1/29)...also took fourth in 200 breaststroke and anchored runner-up 400 freestyle relay (1/30)...swam second leg on runner-up 200 medley relay, placed third in 200 breaststroke and fifth in 200 IM at Indiana (1/23)...swam third leg on runner-up 200 medley relay vs. Michigan State (1/7) and on second-place 400 medley relay vs. Notre Dame and vs. Northwestern.

Before Purdue: Four-year letterwinner...qualified for state meet and earned All-America honors all four years...served final three seasons as team captain...won three district championships and two regional titles...was state finalist sophomore and junior seasons before finishing as state runner-up as senior...named Swimmer of the Year after senior season.

Personal: Full name is Seraphina Van...born in White Plains, N.Y....parents are Hoai and Theresa Van...has one younger brother, Addison, and one older sister, Tiffany...intended major is family and consumer sciences.