LAFAYETTE OUEST, Ind. – Purdue University will once again be represented in Tokyo, as four boilermakers will be on hand for the U.S. team at the Paralympic Games, the premier international showcase for adapted sports.
The Paralympic Games are scheduled from August 24 to September 5 at the same venues that hosted the Olympics earlier this summer in Tokyo.
The Boilermakers Quartet in Tokyo for the Paralympic Games includes a current Purdue assistant coach in women’s swimming and diving, a former women’s swim and diving program and two new freshmen at Purdue. This group includes …
• Evan austin (Assistant swim coach / Purdue) – As a three-time Paralympian, Austin was selected among the three captains of the US Para swimming team. The Terre Haute native and former Indiana State student began training at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center in the fall of 2019 while also serving as a volunteer assistant under the guidance of the coach- chief. John kling. He was on hand with the Purdue women at the last two Big Ten Championships in Iowa City and Minneapolis. Austin qualified for the Paralympics in the 50-meter butterfly (S7), 200-meter individual medley (SM7) and 400-meter freestyle (S7). He won the 50 butterfly at the 2019 World Paralympic Swimming Championships. Earlier this year, Austin set US records in the 200 and 400 freestyle at the World Para Swimming Series in Texas. He suffers from spastic paraplegia.
• Makayla Nietzel (swimming / freshman at Purdue) –Nietzel enrolled this month at Purdue in the College of Health and Humanities. The Crystal Lake, Illinois native qualified for the Paralympics in the 100-meter butterfly (S13) and 400-meter freestyle (S13). With her co-op teams from Crystal Lake, she won several state titles in the freestyle events and the 100 breaststroke. She is also the Illinois State Record Holder. Nietzel is legally blind due to a genetic visual impairment called albinism. She also has Asperger’s Syndrome.
• Joel Gomez (athletics / freshman at Purdue) – Gomez enrolled this month at Purdue Polytechnic Institute and plans to major in industrial engineering technology. He qualified for the Paralympic Games in the 1,500 meters (T13). The Encinitas, Calif., Native competed at the 2019 World Para-Athletics Championships and won two gold medals (400 and 1,500 meters) in the same year at the World Junior Para-Athletics Championships. Gomez is legally blind due to a genetic visual impairment called blue cone monochromacy.
• Julie dussliere (USOPC Head of Paralympic Sports / Purdue Alumna) – Dussliere oversees the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s high performance planning and support processes as well as sport development projects for the 27 summer and winter Paralympic sports. She also leads the day-to-day operations of the six Paralympic sports managed by the USOPC, a roster that includes swimming and athletics at the Summer Paralympic Games. She began her career with the USOPC in 2003, joining US Paralympics as Associate Director and Head Coach of the United States National Paralympic Swimming Team. Dussliere swam at Purdue in the early 1990s and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Russian from the university’s School of Languages and Cultures.
|SCHEDULE OF PURDUE EVENTS AT THE TOKYO PARALYMPICS
Daily / hour converted to US Eastern Time
All tee times are for that day’s competition session
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|Start time||Boilermaker||Event||Notable||To concern|
|TUESDAY, AUGUST. 24|
|8 p.m.||Makayla Nietzel||100m butterfly (S13)||Preliminary series; Event 13 of 16 in session||NBCSN,
|WEDNESDAY AUGUST. 25|
|4 a.m.||Makayla Nietzel||100m butterfly (S13)||Final – Top 8 preliminary qualifiers; Event 13 of 16 in session||NBCSN,
|THURSDAY, AUGUST. 26|
|8 p.m.||Evan austin||200m IM (SM7)||Preliminary series; Event 11 of 14 in session||NBColympics.com|
|8 p.m.||Makayla Nietzel||400m freestyle (S13)||Preliminary series; Event 14 of 14 in session||NBColympics.com|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST. 27|
|4 a.m.||Evan austin||200m IM (SM7)||Final – Top 8 preliminary qualifiers; Event 11 of 14 in session||NBCSN,
|4 a.m.||Makayla Nietzel||400m freestyle (S13)||Final – Top 8 preliminary qualifiers; Event 14 of 14 in session||NBCSN,
|SUNDAY AUGUST. 29|
|8:30 p.m.||Joel gomez||1,500 meters (T13)||Preliminary series; Event 6 of 14 in session||NBColympics.com|
|MONDAY, AUGUST. 30|
|8:30 p.m.||Joel gomez||1,500 meters (T13)||Final – Top 8 preliminary qualifiers; Event 4 of 17 in session||NBColympics.com|
|THURSDAY SEPT. 2|
|8 p.m.||Evan austin||50m butterfly (S7)||Preliminary series; Event 7 of 16 in session||NBColympics.com|
|FRIDAY, SEPT. 3|
|4 a.m.||Evan austin||50m butterfly (S7)||Final – Top 8 preliminary qualifiers; Event 7 of 16 in session||NBCSN,
• Evan austin on Purdue’s role in his return to the Paralympic Games (via TeamUSA.org): “New coach, new system, it’s a different style. And now I’m the only adapted sport athlete and train exclusively with college-aged women on the Purdue Swim and Diving team. So the environment is certainly different. I like this. on meet days I’m on the pool deck saying that’s how we can do better, that’s how we can perfect shots and things like that. And then the next day, I’m back in the water with them. It was a dynamic, interesting moment that definitely changed my state of mind and my state of mind.
“Like, here’s this guy who knew (former) assistant coach Molly Belk coming in and saying, ‘Hey, I’m here to help you get better, and also I’m going to be training with you. “I wasn’t sure if they would have walls or reservations about it, and they couldn’t have been more welcoming. From day one, I felt like family there and the bond n ‘only grew for two years. “