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Langenfeld Chooses the Road Less Traveled at NCAA Division I Nationals

Long before Andrew Langenfeld was born, Robert Frost penned a poem called "The Road Less Traveled".

By now, the former Centralia High School and Purdue University swimmer has read the 1920 poem, which quite simply is about choices.

As an incoming freshman to Centralia High School, the 6-foot-6 Langenfeld could easily have chosen to suit up for the CHS Orphan basketball team and would have probably had a very successful career. But after a suggestion from Centralia Junior High teacher Becky Luebben, Langenfeld chose swimming — definitely the road less traveled in Centralia.

Langenfeld’s swimming road led him to West Virginia University and Purdue University. As he leaves Purdue University, he has not only the seven school records at the two different schools, but also has the Big 10 Conference Meet Record in the 50-yard freestyle (19.34-seconds) and the Big East Conference Meet Record in the 100-yard butterfly (47.72).

"Winning the 50-yard freestyle in the Big 10 Championships was one of the biggest highlights of my career," Langenfeld said. "Since it was a home meet for us, there were loads of fans and many media members there. Two years ago when I transferred from West Virginia, I rediscovered my passion and love for the sport of swimming."

In addition to setting the Big 10 Conference record, Langenfeld’s championship freestyle time also set a new school record and a Boilermaker Aquatic Center pool record. Langenfeld also holds the individual Purdue school record in the 100-yard butterfly (46.15).

The former Orphans swimmer is also a member of the school record-holding 400-yard medley relay team (3:10.91), 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:17.91), 400-yard freestyle relay (2:54.31) and 200-yard medley relay (1:26.67).

At WVU, he holds the 100-yard butterfly record. He is also a part of four relays that hold current school records. He is a part of the WVU record 200-yard freestyle relay (1:18.87), 400-yard freestyle relay (2:56.00), 200-yard medley relay (1:27.21) and 400-yard medley relay (3:12.36).

"I will miss swimming for Purdue and being in the pool with my teammates," Langenfeld said. "I expect to have a ton of free time in my schedule and I will continue to swim competitively this summer. After that, I will make a decision about the future."

Overall, Langenfeld was an 11-time Big East Champion, winning three individual events and eight relays. In the Big 10, he was named to the Big 10 Conference team in 2009. Langenfeld also earned NCAA Division I All-American status in 2006 and 2007. His name is also on numerous pool records at both Purdue and WVU.

If he decides to continue swimming, Langenfeld may get another chance to swim in the United States Olympic Trials. He swam in the 2008 trials, competing in the 100-yard butterfly.

In the classroom, the son of Forrest and Julie Langenfeld of Centralia, is earning his degree in foreign language and is scheduled to graduate in December. Langenfeld plans to attend graduate school and seek a degree in international administration. He was named to the all-academic team in the Big 10 Conference during his junior and senior year. Langenfeld was also named to the Big East All-Conference Academic team as a freshman and sophomore. He was also named a NCAA Division I Academic All-American all four seasons.

"Becky started me on the path to the Centralia Seals and Centralia Recreation Complex/Mt. Vernon YMCA Barracudas," Langenfeld said. My immediate family was so supportive as well. They came to watch me swim all the time."