Chris Bals
Chris  Bals

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
South Bend, Ind.

High School:
St. Joseph

Event:
Breaststroke/IM

Birthdate:
07/31/1996

10/16/2017

Swim-Dive Set to Open Home Schedules

Boilermakers host accomplished South Carolina for co-ed dual Thursday

10/13/2017

Kitchel, Young Lead Purdue to Dual Sweep

Amaltdinov, Johnson and Meitz also win multiple individual events in Oxford

06/27/2017

Meitz Takes 6th in 800 at Nationals

Rising senior posts career-best time in first of her 4 events at Nationals

06/23/2017

Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics

04/12/2017

Boilermakers Excel on the Big Stage

Purdue matches its best-ever finish at the NCAA Championships in the modern era

11/13/2014

Purdue Men Host WKU Mega Gallery

Purdue Men host WKU

11/11/2014

2014 Indiana Intercollegiates Mega Gallery

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

11/09/2014

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.

HIGH SCHOOL
• 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

PERSONAL
• 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

PURDUE PERSONAL PREFERENCES
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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