ROSEMONT, Ill. - Purdue's Maizie Seidl is enjoying a memorable finish to her freshman season. It continued Wednesday with Big Ten Swimmer and Freshman of the Week honors after her impressive showing at the Ohio State Winter Invite.
Seidl posted career-best times in all three of her freestyle events (50, 100 and 200) in Columbus, which also earned her a return trip to Ohio State for the Big Ten Championships this week. The final spot on Purdue's travel roster had been left open for the top performer among the group of 11 Boilermakers that competed at the OSU Winter Invite.
Seidl's times in the 100 (49.87) and 200 free (1:47.87) both ranked among the top 15 in program history and the top 25 in the Big Ten this season. She was the runner-up in the A final of the 100 free with a Purdue season-best time. She was victorious in the A final of the 200 free, posting a time that ranked second to only All-American Kaersten Meitz this season. Both times were NCAA provisional qualifying marks (B Cuts).
Perhaps most impressive is the drop in times that Seidl has enjoyed from mid-November through early February. The Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, native has dropped 6.64 seconds off her seed time in the 200 free entering the Purdue Invitational in November and her career-best time last week. In the 100 free, she has dropped 2.82 seconds off her time entering the Purdue Invite.
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Seidl's parents, Doug and Mary, are both alumni of the University of Wisconsin, one of the teams Purdue will look to outscore at this week's Big Ten Championships. The family resides in the Madison metro area. With her Badger Aquatics club team, Seidl competed at the state meet every year since age 13. She helped Verona High School set records in the 200 free relay and individually was all-state in the 100 free and 200 individual medley as a senior. The well-rounded student-athlete was also a Scholastic All-American and Silver Cord Award recipient for community service and volunteer work.
The Boilermakers' current record in the 800 free relay was established at Ohio State's pool at the 2015 Big Ten Championships. There's a chance Seidl earned herself a place in Purdue's quartet for the event Wednesday night. Regardless of what happens tonight, she has become the fifth Boilermaker since 2011 to win Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for their performances at the Ohio State Winter Invite. Samantha Feulner (2011, 2012), Tracy Glaser (2013), Julianne Heyde (2015) and Lew Gerbrandt (2016) also accomplished the feat. Feulner and Heyde did it as freshmen as well.
The opening night relays at the Big Ten Championships are set for 6:30 p.m. ET. Thursday's prelims begin at 11 a.m.