Boilermakers Excel on the Big Stage
April 12, 2017


Purdue Big Tens Scoring Recap

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Two more NCAA titles for Steele Johnson and a 13th-place finish at the national championship meet highlighted the 2016-17 season for Purdue men's swimming & diving.

Johnson swept the springboard diving national titles to join alumnus David Boudia as the only divers in the country since platform was added in 1990 to win NCAA championships in all three events during their careers. Johnson was named the NCAA and Big Ten Diver of the Year for the second time. He is now a four-time NCAA champion. Adam Soldati was recognized as the NCAA Diving Coach of the Year for the fifth time and Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year for the eighth time (sixth with the Purdue men).

Marat Amaltdinov repeated as the Big Ten champion in the 200 breaststroke, the first Purdue swimmer to accomplish the feat since 2003 to 2005. He finished seventh in the event at the NCAA Championships, becoming the Purdue men's first full-fledged All-American swimmer since 2006. Amaltdinov and Johnson teamed up to give the Boilermakers a Big Ten swimming and diving champion in the same year for only the second time (first since 2009).

All five Boilermakers that competed at NCAAs had at least one scoring finish to earn All-America honors. Brandon Loschiavo (4th in platform diving) and Joe Cifelli (6th in 1-meter diving) were also championship finalists.

Johnson was the only diver to be a championship finalist in all three events at the NCAA Championships this year. He accounted for 57 team points, leading the Boilermakers to a 13th-place finish in the team scoring. That matched Purdue's top showing in the modern era. The Boilermakers also finished 13th in 2009 and 2010.

Boudia and Johnson are the only student-athletes to win the College Swimming Coaches Association of America's Diver of the Year award multiple times since 2005. Johnson also joined Troy Dumais and Boudia as the only divers to win a pair of national championships multiple times in their careers. Dumais won an NCAA-record seven titles from 1999 to 2002, sweeping the springboard events three years in a row. Boudia (2009-11) won twice in each of the three NCAA Championships in which he competed, also sweeping the springboard events in 2010 and 2011.

Purdue divers have won 11 NCAA titles under Soldati's tutelage. Boudia won six, Johnson now has four and Casey Matthews was the women's 3-meter champion in 2013. At the Big Ten Championships this season, Johnson accounted for 85 team points to lead the Boilermakers in scoring for the second time in his career. Coincidentally, it was the Purdue men's first Big Ten diving title since Boudia swept the events in 2011. At Big Tens, Johnson (470.05) broke Boudia's program record on 1-meter and established new career-best scores on 3-meter (506.45) and platform (547.8).

Purdue finished second among the Big Ten teams that scored at the national championship meet. All five Boilermakers that competed scored in an event and earned All-America honors. Purdue had two championship finalists on both 1-meter and platform.

Twenty Boilermakers accounted for team points in an individual event at the Big Ten Championships, including seven that scored in all three of their events.

New program records were established in 1-meter diving, both backstroke events as well as the 400 medley and 800 freestyle relays. Purdue set a new benchmark on all four days of competition. Kiki Komlenic broke the 100 back record twice, eclipsing it on the leadoff leg of the 400 medley relay Thursday (47.11) and again while winning the B final of the event Friday (46.97). He also established a new Purdue freshman record while becoming the first Boilermaker to post a sub-47 second time in the event.

Jake Thomas (1:43.24) scored in all three of his events and eclipsed Purdue's 200 back record that had stood since the 2005 NCAA Championships.

Senior Filip Bujoczek was part of both new relay records. He teamed with Josh Brooks, Josh Ehrman and James Boone for the 800 free relay record (6:26.91) on the opening night of the meet. Brooks and Ehrman helped the Boilermakers eclipse that team benchmark for the second time in their careers. The 400 medley relay team of Komlenic, Amaltdinov, Austin Flager and Bujoczek (3:08.59) broke the program's longest-standing relay record, a mark that had stood since 2009. Bujoczek and Flager are set to graduate as part of relay records in three events. Flager scored at Big Tens in an individual event all four years.

Purdue will have to bid adieu to eight seniors but all five of the Boilermakers' NCAA Championships qualifiers are expected to return for the 2018 season.

NCAA CHAMPION
Steele Johnson -- 1-Meter & 3-Meter Diving

NCAA DIVER OF THE YEAR
Steele Johnson

NCAA DIVING COACH OF THE YEAR
Adam Soldati

ALL-AMERICA
Steele Johnson -- 1-Meter, 3-Meter & Platform Diving
Marat Amaltdinov -- 200 Breaststroke
Joe Cifelli -- 1-Meter Diving
Brandon Loschiavo -- Platform Diving

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA
Marat Amaltdinov -- Second Team

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICA
Brandon Loschiavo -- 3-Meter Diving
Max Showalter -- Platform Diving

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIERS
Marat Amaltdinov -- 100 & 200 Breaststroke
Joe Cifelli -- 1-Meter Diving
Steele Johnson -- 1-Meter, 3-Meter & Platform Diving
Brandon Loschiavo -- 1-Meter, 3-Meter & Platform Diving
Max Showalter -- Platform Diving

BIG TEN CHAMPION & FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
Marat Amaltdinov -- 200 Breaststroke
Steele Johnson -- Platform Diving

BIG TEN DIVER OF THE YEAR
Steele Johnson

BIG TEN DIVING COACH OF THE YEAR
Adam Soldati

USA DIVING NATIONAL TITLES
Steele Johnson -- 3-Meter
Steele Johnson & Brandon Loschiavo -- Synchronized 10-Meter

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIERS
Steele Johnson -- 1-Meter, 3-Meter & Synchronized 10-Meter Diving
Brandon Loschiavo -- Synchronized 10-Meter Diving

WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES QUALIFIER
Joe Cifelli -- 1-Meter Diving

NEW PROGRAM RECORDS
100 Backstroke -- Kiki Komlenic, 46.97
200 Backstroke -- Jake Thomas, 1:43.23
1-Meter Diving -- Steele Johnson, 470.05
400 Medley Relay -- Komlenic, Amaltdinov, Flager & Bujoczek, 3:08.59
800 Free Relay -- Brooks, Ehrman, Bujoczek & Boone, 6:26.91

NEW PURDUE FRESHMAN RECORD
100 Backstroke -- Kiki Komlenic, 46.97

TEAM AWARDS
Most Valuable -- Marat Amaltdinov & Steele Johnson
Most Improved -- Chris Bals
Red Mackey (Excellence by a Senior) -- Josh Brooks
R.O. Papenguth (Sportsmanship) -- Matt Quinlan

BIG TEN WEEKLY AWARDS
Steele Johnson -- Six-time Diver of the Week (Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 23, Dec. 23, Jan. 25)
Marat Amaltdinov -- Swimmer of the Week (Nov. 2)
Brandon Loschiavo -- Freshman of the Week (Dec. 23)
Nick McDowell -- Freshman of the Week (Nov. 2)

USA COLLEGE CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS
Marat Amaltdinov
Adam Noens

BIG TEN DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS (3.7+ GPA)
Marat Amaltdinov
Josh Brooks
Alex Close
Ted Curtiss
Josh Ehrman
Grant Lewis
James Nguyen
Jake Thomas
Alex Toetz

CSCAA SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICA (3.5+ GPA)
Marat Amaltdinov

CSCAA HONORABLE MENTION SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICA (3.5+ GPA)
Chris Bals
Josh Brooks
Hudson Bursch
Josh Ehrman
Kiki Komlenic
Grant Lewis
Nick McDowell
Will Schrensky
Jake Thomas
Alex Toetz
Joe Young

ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (3.0+ GPA)
Marat Amaltdinov
Chris Bals
James Boone
Josh Brooks
Joe Cifelli
Alex Close
Ted Curtiss
Konnor de Venecia
Josh Ehrman
Steele Johnson
Grant Lewis
James Nguyen
Matt Quinlan
Jared Schimmelpfenning
Jake Thomas
Nate Thomas
Alex Toetz
Joe Young

 

 

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