124 Boilermakers have earned academic distinction this year
Cifelli qualifies for A final of all three diving events; Purdue finishes sixth
Amaltdinov, Conway, Cifelli, Flager reach A finals, Noens wins 400 IM B final
Blanco & Conway move up the all-time Top 10 list while racing well in the A final of the 200 fly.
Dias finishes third behind two Olympians in A final of 100 breaststroke.
Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Athlete: Greg Maddux
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): Texas Aquatic Center
Swimmer He'd Like to Race Against: Brendan Hansen
Favorite Marquee Event: Olympics
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: Dan Ross
In His MP3 Player: Imagine Dragons
Favorite Social Media Platform: Twitter
Last Book He Read: Lone Survivor
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Harrison Ford, Jennifer Lawrence & George Lucas
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Sharknado
Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones
Favorite Month: July
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Dessert: Cherry Pie
Favorite Purdue Building: Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Country He'd Like to Visit: Australia
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Tubing
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Basketball
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: The turnstyle
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.