Miller & Boudia Sweep Weekly Big Ten Awards

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM David Boudia was named Diver of the Week for the 20th time.
David Boudia was named Diver of the Week for the 20th time.

Feb. 8, 2011

PARK RIDGE, Ill. – While competing in different locations over the last week, Purdue’s Albert Miller and David Boudia were both twice victorious in their specialty events and have earned Big Ten Conference Swimmer and Diver of the Week honors, respectively, for their performances.

The Purdue men had not swept the weekly men’s Swimmer and Diver of the Week awards since January 2004.

Miller was recognized for sweeping the breaststroke events in Saturday’s dual meet against Indiana. He also helped the Boilermakers’ 400 medley relay team with a Purdue season-best and NCAA provisional-qualifying time.

Boudia won a pair of gold medals at the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Iowa City, running his career national championship total to 14. He partnered with Nick McCrory of Duke to win the 10-meter synchronized platform and was also victorious individually in the platform competition.

Miller’s weekly honor is the first of his career. He’s also the first Boilermaker to be honored as the Swimmer of the Week by the conference office since Andrew Langenfeld in February 2009.

Boudia was recognized for the ninth time this season and 20th time in his illustrious college career, both totals representing league records. It’s also his fourth consecutive Diver of the Week award dating back to Jan. 18.

Miller established a new team season-best time for the fourth consecutive weekend of competition, winning the 200 breast in 2:01.75 and improving on his previous mark by about 1 ½ seconds. He won the 100 breast with a time of 55.15. Naturally, he also swam the breast leg on Purdue’s top showing so far this season in the 400 medley relay.

Boudia defended his platform and synchronized platform titles from the 2010 Winter Nationals. In the process, he assured himself of a place in both events at the AT&T Grand Prix, making him one step closer to representing Team USA at the 2011 World Championships.

En route to winning the individual platform competition with a score of 578.05 points, Boudia earned 10 perfect 10s from the judges in the finals. He closed his six-dive list with a score of 105.45 points on his forward 4 ½ somersault tuck (109C). His winning score with McCrory in the synchronized platform was 449.13 on a five-dive list.

Boudia has won all 22 events he has entered since the beginning of the 2010-11 school year.

Miller and the Purdue swimmers will be in action this weekend at the Ohio State Winter Invite in Columbus, Ohio. Boudia and Purdue divers are scheduled to be idle until the Big Ten Championships, set for Feb. 23-26 in Minneapolis.