Chris Bals
Chris Bals


South Bend, Ind.

High School:
St. Joseph




Amaltdinov Sets New Freshman Record in 200 Breaststroke

Blanco & Conway move up the all-time Top 10 list while racing well in the A final of the 200 fly.


Purdue Strong in 100 Breast & 400 IM on Day One at Minnesota

Dias finishes third behind two Olympians in A final of 100 breaststroke.


Purdue Set for Road Duals at Miami & Notre Dame

Boilermakers to compete in two different pools in 48-hour span for eighth time since 2006.


Purdue Men Host WKU Mega Gallery

Purdue Men host WKU


2014 Indiana Intercollegiates Mega Gallery

Purdue men and women host the Indiana Intercollegiates at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center


Purdue Swim vs. WKU

Purdue Swim vs. WKU

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Athlete: Greg Maddux
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): IUPUI Natatorium
Swimmer He'd Like to Race Against: Brendan Hansen
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: Jennifer Lawrence
In His MP3 Player: Imagine Dragons
Last Book He Read: Lone Survivor
Favorite Actor & Actress: Christian Bale & Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite Month: June
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Dessert: Chocolate Cake
Favorite Purdue Building: Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Country He'd Like to Visit: Germany
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Tubing
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Basketball
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: Hot Tub

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.