Purdue Gets Verbal Nod from Las Vegas Distance Ace Nick McDowell

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Nicholas McDowell, a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier in the 1500 out of Sandpipers of Nevada, has made a verbal commitment to swim for Purdue beginning in the fall of 2016. McDowell is a senior at Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the 2015 Nevada High School State Championships, he finished fourth in the 200 free (1:43.48) and second in the 500 (4:36.54). In the past year, though, McDowell has made enormous progress and is now one of the top swimmers coming out of the state. Below are the progressions in his top events over the last several seasons:

Yards 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13
1650 free 15:18.58 16:23.43 16:35.37
1000 free 9:17.41 9:46.24 9:57.60
500 free 4:30.14 4:44.56 4:53.79
400 IM 4:05.91 4:07.88 4:18.35
Meters 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13
1500 free 15:38.42* 15:53.65 16:37.44
800 free 8:14.07 8:20.16 8:41.99
400 free 3:59.65 4:04.74 4:15.40
400 IM 4:41.70 N/A 4:54.19
*2016 Olympic Trials cut

At Summer Junior Nationals, McDowell finished 11th in the 800 free. The following week he competed at Nationals, placing 49th in the 400 free (in his first sub-4:00 performance) and 25th in the 1500.

Had McDowell been a Boilermaker at the 2015 B1G Conference Championships he would have been Purdue’s highest scorer in the mile. And while a 4:30 is still several seconds away from second-swim territory at the conference level, McDowell made significant improvements in all his events over the summer and could be a real asset to the Boilermakers if he continues along that path.

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Wow I think I see some Rio 2016 potential here

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