Boudia Wins 10-Meter Bronze at FINA Diving World Series Event in Dubai

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM David Boudia was an eight-time NCAA Champion for the Boilermakers
David Boudia was an eight-time NCAA Champion for the Boilermakers

March 17, 2012

USA Diving

DUBAI - Former Purdue diver David Boudia won the bronze medal from the 10-meter platform Saturday at the FINA Diving World Series, giving the U.S. its second medal of the Series.

Boudia finished with 521.60 points, placing third behind a pair of world champions. China's Qiu Bo, the 2011 world champion, scored 569.25 for gold, while 2009 world champion Tom Daley of Great Britain won silver with 539.40 points.

The FINA Diving World Series is a four-leg invitation-only event for the top finishers from the 2011 World Championships, where Boudia won the silver medal on 10-meter.

In Saturday's World Series meet, Boudia received mostly 9.5s on his front 4 ½ tuck for 105.45 points, and he scored 97.20 points on a back 3 ½ pike that earned a 10 from one judge.

Boudia was also recently selected as a semifinalist for the AAU Sullivan Award, presented annually to the nation's outstanding amateur athlete.

In other action at the Dubai competition of the FINA Diving World Series, Nick McCrory also advanced to the men's 10-meter finals and finished fifth with 490.85 points.

Christina Loukas scored 333.60 in the women's 3-meter final to finish fifth, with China's Wu Minxia winning the gold at 372.15. Kelci Bryant scored 321.30 in her semifinal and did not advance to the finals; she finished seventh overall.

The United States finished the first leg of the World Series with two medals. Loukas and Kassidy Cook won the synchronized 3-meter silver medal on Friday.

The next stop on the FINA Diving World Series circuit is Beijing, where competition will be held March 23-24.

Boudia had an outstanding 2011 season, highlighted by winning the silver medal on the 10-platform at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai. By doing so, he became the first American man in 25 years to medal on that event at a World Championships, and his performance also qualified the United States a spot for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Boudia medaled in three other 2011 international events, winning a bronze on 10-meter at a FINA World Series event in Great Britain, a silver in synchronized 10-meter at a FINA World Series meet in Mexico and a bronze on that same event at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix.

Nationally, Boudia won a pair of titles at the 2011 USA Diving Winter National Championships, claiming victories on both 10-meter and synchronized 10-meter. At the collegiate level, representing Purdue University, Boudia swept the diving events at the Big Ten Championships for the second time in his career and he won titles on 1-meter and 3-meter at the NCAA Championships to become a six-time NCAA champion. He received the prestigious Jesse Owens Award as the Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year, marking the first time the award has been presented to a diver.

He was also selected as USA Diving's athlete of the year for the third time.

Story by Jen Lowry, USA Diving