Rising senior posts career-best time in first of her 4 events at Nationals
News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Purdue matches its best-ever finish at the NCAA Championships in the modern era
Purdue honored members of its basketball, swimming and diving and wrestling programs
Boilermakers claim conference titles in 200 breaststroke, platform diving
Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Coach: Dan Ross
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): IUPUI natatorium
Swimmer He'd Like to Race Against: Brendan Hansen
Favorite Marquee Event: Olympics
Unique Skill/Hidden Talent: Disc golf
Last Concert He Attended: Imagine Dragons
Favorite Actor & Actress: Tom Hanks & Daisy Ridley
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Force Awakens
Favorite TV Show: 72 Most Dangerous Places
Favorite Month: August
Favorite Holiday: Independence Day
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Dessert: Chocolate Brownies
Favorite Purdue Building: Rawls Hall
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Country He'd Like to Visit: Russia, Croatia, or Poland
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Badminton
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: The turnstyle
Most Memorable Moment at Purdue: Marat Amaltdinov winning Big Ten 200 Breast Championship
2016-17: Academic All-Big Ten... CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America... winner of the team's most-improved award.
2015-16: Academic All-Big Ten... CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America... Bals competed primarily in the breaststroke events... posted career-best times in the 100 (54.97) and 200 breast (2:00.40) as well as the 200 IM (1:51.77) at the Big Ten Championships... breaststroke times both ranked third best on the team in 2015-16 and he moved into ninth place in program history in the 100... qualified for the C finals of the breaststroke events at the Big Ten Championships to account for five team points... finished eighth in the A finals of both breaststroke events at the Purdue Invitational to account for 16 team points... won his heat of the 50 free at the Indiana Intercollegiates.
2014-15: Bals competed in the breaststroke and individual medley events... season-best times in the 100 (55.54, 4th) and 200 breast (2:00.65) from the Big Ten Championships both ranked among the top five on the team in 2014-15... also posted a season-best time in the 200 IM (1:52.33) at Big Tens... also had strong showings in the 100 (55.90) and 200 breast (2:02.37) along with the 200 IM (1:57.01) at the Minnesota Grand Prix... won the C final of the 100 breast and qualified for the B final of the 200 breast at the Minnesota Prix... won heat 6 and placed fifth overall in the 100 breast at the Indiana Intercollegiates.
Before Purdue: Four-year all-conference honoree for coach Tony Kowals at St. Joseph High School in South Bend, Ind.... three-time Scholastic All-American... first team all-conference as a sophomore and senior, second team as a freshman and junior... multi-year sectional champion and Junior Nationals qualifier in the 100 breast... also excelled in the 200 IM... part of 200 medley and 400 free sectional champion relay teams as a sophomore... helped lead St. Joseph to four straight South Bend city meet championships... co-MVP as a senior and co-most valuable freshman his first year... four-year honor roll student... Eagle Scout.
Personal: Full name is Christian Michael Bals... born in South Bend, Ind.... parents are Carl and Barbara Bals... family also includes siblings John, Bryan, Kevin, Melissa and Jenny... brother John swam at Ball State and sister Jenny plays softball at Hillsdale College... brother Kevin and grandfather Kenneth are Purdue alumni... majoring in Accounting.