Purdue Continues Diving Board Dominance

Feb. 6, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Big Ten Conference recently announced that Boilermakers David Colturi and Ashley Karnes were selected as its Divers of the Week. Karnes and Colturi were recognized for their outstanding performances at this past weekend's Big Ten Duals, which featured teams from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Colturi claimed the 1-meter and platform titles with season-best scores of 347.45 points and 385.25 points. His platform score is the second highest in Purdue history behind Steve LoBue's 414.25.

Karnes, a three-time conference honoree, extended her year-long winning streak to nine after posting scores of 281.35 and 321.30 off the 1- and 3-meter springboards. The Bloomington, Ind., native has not lost a springboard competition in 2008 and has won 13 events since the start of her sophomore campaign.

In seven dual meets, Karnes has compiled 11 wins and one second-place showing, which took place at November's Penn State Triangular with Virginia and Michigan State. Karnes finished as the runner-up to Spartan freshman Alycia Mokedanz on 1-meter by less than six points, 283.20 to 277.75.

Colturi has served as a one-man wrecking crew on the Boilermaker record books. His 1-meter score of 347.75- a freshman and personal record - is the third-highest score in program history behind Zach Schultz' 377.45 and LoBue's 369.85.

Colturi also holds the freshman record on platform with a 385.25 points. His personal best stands at 400.00 points.

The Sylvania, Ohio, native's season and personal best 3-meter score of 366.30 ranks fourth all-time at Purdue and is only two-points short of the freshman record still held by teammate Danny Cox.

Purdue's sweep of the conference's weekly diving awards was its third of the 2007-08 season. Karnes and sophomore Kyle Mitrione received their first Big Ten accolades on Nov. 7 following wins against Notre Dame, Northwestern and Texas A&M.



Karnes and Colturi were previously honored on Jan. 8 after posting high scores at the Georgia Invitational.

For head diving coach Adam Soldati, his competitors have collected 20 Big Ten regular season awards since his arrival in 2005.

The Boilermaker men return to action Saturday at 2 p.m. as they visit archrival Indiana in Bloomington.


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