On Putkonen: Returns for his senior year ... will look to fill the vacancy left by Erik Weinberg and Chris Brandenberger ... should compete for the top backstroke spot.
As a Junior (2004-05): At the ACC Championships achieved a career best time finishing 20th in the 200-back (1:50.67), and was part of the eighth-place 200-medley relay team ... also established a career best in the 500 free (4:41.11) at the conference meet... placed sixth in the 200-free (1:48.38) and eighth in the 100-back (57.48) against Johns Hopkins and Howard ... came in sixth in the 100-back (53.40) and 10th in the 200-back (1:58.94) and was part of the seventh-place 400-free relay team, sixth-place 400-medley relay team, and the sixth-place 200-medley relay team at the quad meet vs. Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Florida State ... at the Terrapin Cup Invitational, he achieved a career best time in the 200 free (1:43.17) ... also placed eighth in the 500-free (4:41.80), ninth in the 100-back (52.08), fifth in the 200-back (1:53.85), seventh in the 400-medley relay, fourth in the 800-free relay, and seventh in 400-free relay at the Invitational ... took eighth in the 100-back (52.58), fourth in the 200-back (1:54.40) and was part of the fifth-place 200-free relay team and the sixth-place 200-medley relay team against Pittsburgh, Villanova and NC State ... against the Blue Devils, placed sixth in the 100-back (54.82), was part of the second-place 200-medley relay team and the third-place 200-free relay team ... placed seventh in both the 100-back (52.97) and 200-back (1:56.11) and contributed to the fifth-place 200 medley relay team against the Tar Heels ... placed fifth in the 200 back (1:54.82) and was part of the fifth-place 400-medley relay and second-place 400-free relay teams against Virginia.
As a Sophomore (2003-04): Was part of the fifth-place 400-medley relay at N.C. State in the first meet of the season ... finished eighth in the 200-back (1:58.18) against Virginia Tech and Clemson ... took fifth in the 100-back (53.95) and was part of the third-place 200-medley relay against Johns Hopkins and Howard ... placed sixth in the 200-back (1:57.72) and was part of the fourth-place 400-medley relay against Duke ... came in sixth in the 200-back (1:57.30) and was part of the fifth-place 400-medley and 400-free relays against Georgia Tech ... established a new career best in the 200-back (1:53.11), finishing 11th at the Terrapin Cup Invitational ... also took ninth in the 100-back (51.47), 38th in the 500-free (4:50.15) and 49th in the 50-free (22.34), and was part of the 11th-place 200-free relay and the 13th-place 400-free relay ... placed ninth in the 200-back (2:01.20) and 11th in the 100-back (54.40), and was part of the fifth-place 200-medley relay and the sixth-place 400-medley relay against Pittsburgh, Villanova and Notre Dame ... came in fifth in the 100-back (51.88) and sixth in the 200-back (1:55.94) and was part of the fourth-place 400-free and 200-medley relays against North Carolina ... finished sixth in the 200-back (1:55.45) and was part of the fifth-place 400-medley relay against Virginia ... established a new career best in the 100-back (50.91), finishing 17th at the ACC Championship ... also came in 27th in the 200-back (1:56.16) at ACC's.
As a Freshman (2002-03): Established new career bests in the 100 back (52.00), 200 back (1:53.99) and 500 free (4:47.68) at the ACC Championships ... finished fifth in the 200 back against N.C. State (1:59.95) ... came in eighth in the 200 back against Clemson and Virginia Tech (1:58.57) ... placed second in the 200 back at Villanova (54.70) ... finished seventh in the 200 back against Pittsburgh (1:58.10) ... came in fourth in the 100 back at Duke (53.98) ... placed fifth in the 200 back at Virginia (1:58.65).
Before Maryland: Holds George Walton's school record in the 100-back and in two relay events...team captain his senior year...picked "Outstanding Male Swimmer" both junior and senior years...a four-year state meet qualifier...all-county swim team selection his senior year.
Personal: Son of Jill and Kurt Putkonen ...majoring in finance and logistics... brother Luke, 18, plays baseball at North Carolina ... also has a brother Kyle, 15 ... hobbies include golf and ping pong.
Career Bests 100 Back: 50.91 200 Back: 1:50.67 200 Free: 1:43.17 500 Free: 4:41.1