Chris Bals
Chris  Bals


South Bend, Ind.

High School:
St. Joseph




19 Boilermakers Score at Big Tens

Purdue wins two Big Ten titles, eclipses eight program records


Loschiavo Crowned B1G Champ on Tower

Boilermakers finish fourth in the team scoring to match their best-ever finish


B1G Title for Johnson, Young also Medals

Medalists set Purdue records; Pellini, Noens now second in team history


Purdue Ready for Big Stage of Big Tens

Amaltdinov, Johnson are defending champions in 200 breast, platform diving


Purdue Wins 6 Races to Open Triple Duals

Johnson takes third on 1-meter in his return from injury


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

2016-17 / AS A JUNIOR
• Academic All-Big Ten

CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America
• Competed primarily in the breaststroke events
• Winner of the team's most-improved award
• Posted career-best times in the 100 (53.87) and 200 breast (1:57.83) as well as the 200 IM (1:51.55) at the Big Ten Championships
• Ranked second on the team in both breaststroke events and moved up to sixth place in program history in the 200 and seventh in the 100
• Accounted for 27 team points at Big Tens by qualifying for the B final of both breaststroke events
• Won the 100 breast at the Indiana Intercollegiates and the 200 in dual meet victory vs. Miami (Ohio)
• Qualified for the A final of both breaststroke events at Virginia Tech's H2Okie Fall Invitational, accounting for 26 team points
• Finished second behind teammate Marat Amaltdinov in both breaststroke events at Notre Dame
• Represented Purdue at the USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships in June
• Swept the breaststroke events at the Indiana Senior State Championships in July

2015-16 / AS A SOPHOMORE
• Academic All-Big Ten

CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America
• 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 / AS A FRESHMAN
• 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
• 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.

• Four-year all-conference honoree for coach Tony Kowals at St. Joseph High School in South Bend, Indiana
• 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
• 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

• Major: Accounting
• Full name is Christian Michael Bals
• Born in South Bend, Indiana
• 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 played softball at Hillsdale College
• Brother Kevin and grandfather Kenneth are Purdue alumni

Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Player: Greg Maddux
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): IUPUI Natatorium
Swimmer He'd Like to Race Against: Brendan Hansen
Most Exciting Event to Watch at a College Meet: 100 IM
Favorite Marquee Event: NCAA Tournament
Unique Skill: Disc Golf
Last Concert He Attended: Imagine Dragons
Band He'd Love to See Play Purdue: Imagine Dragons
Favorite Multimedia App: Netflix
Favorite Actor & Actress: Tom Hanks & Daisy Ridley
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: The Force Awakens
Favorite Super-Hero Series: Batman
Show He Can't Stop Watching: The Office
Favorite Month: July
Favorite Holiday: Independence Day
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Dessert: Chocolate Cake
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Sand Volleyball
Favorite Purdue Building: Co Rec
Favorite Purdue Athletic Venue (Besides Aquatic Center): Mackey Arena
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Countries He'd Like to Visit: Australia
Favorite Thing About the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center: The Hot Tub
Most Memorable Moment at Purdue: 2017 Big Ten Championships
Best Thing About Being a Boilermaker: Everything
Furry Friend: Cinnamon, Golden Retriever


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