AUSTIN, Texas - As a Google Cloud Academic All-American for the second year in a row, Marat Amaltdinov has become the first Purdue swimmer to be recognized among the nation's top all-around student-athletes multiple times in his career.
Amaltdinov was selected as a third team Academic All-America honoree by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He was a second team selection in 2017. The two-time Big Ten breaststroke champion earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue in just four years despite English being his second language. He is a native of Orenburg, Russia and had not been to the United States until enrolling at Purdue in August 2014.
Volleyball's Ashley Evans and Amaltdinov were the Boilermakers to earn Academic All-America accolades from CoSIDA during the 2017-18 school year. They were also Purdue's Big Ten Medal of Honor winners. Both are among a select group of Purdue student-athletes to be multi-year honorees. In the last 20 years, only 11 Boilermakers have been named Academic All-America at least twice. Before Amaltdinov and Evans, diver Jamie Bissett was the last to accomplish the feat.
PURDUE'S MULTI-YEAR ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA HONOREES SINCE 1998
Stephanie White, Women's Basketball -- Third Team in 1998, First Team in 1999
Drew Brees, Football -- Second Team in 1999, First Team in 2000
Carson Cunningham, Men's Basketball -- Third Team in 2000 and 2001
Katie Douglas, Women's Basketball -- Second Team in 2000, First Team in 2001
John Standeford, Football -- First Team in 2002 and 2003
Amber Ferner, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country -- Third Team in 2005 and 2006
Joe Holland, Football -- Second Team in 2010, First Team in 2011
Ariel Turner, Volleyball -- Second Team in 2011, First Team in 2012
Jamie Bissett, At-Large (Diving) -- Third Team in 2014, First Team in 2015
Ashley Evans, Volleyball -- Third Team in 2015, Second Team in 2016, First Team in 2017
Marat Amaltdinov, At-Large (Swimming) -- Second Team in 2017, Third Team in 2018
Amaltdinov graduated with his master's degree in finance last month after earning his bachelor's degree in just three years. He compiled an undergraduate grade-point average of 3.81 while majoring in economics with concentrations in finance and analytical consulting. He finished his graduate coursework with a 3.67 GPA.
Amaltdinov has accepted a job in Indianapolis as a financial analyst. His application for permanent residency has also been approved. He continues to swim competitively as well. At USA Swimming's TYR Pro Swim Series at Indianapolis last month, he placed sixth in the championship final of the 200-meter breaststroke. He also placed 11th in the prelims of the 100 breast, but opted not to race in the consolation final later that night.
Last year, Amaltdinov was mistakenly referred to as the first men's swimmer at Purdue to earn Academic All-America honors. He was in fact the fourth, joining fellow Big Ten champions Matt Brown (1997 third team), Louis Paul (2005 second team) and Giordan Pogioli (2006 third team). Swimmers Kim Fritsch (1994), Kimbre Vogel (2007), Christine Inman (2010) and Lauren Gustafson (2013) have been Academic All-America honorees for the women's program.
Gustafson, Bisett and Amaltdinov have teamed to give Purdue swimming & diving an Academic All-American in five of the last six years.
Amaltdinov won the Big Ten title in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2015 and 2016, becoming Purdue's first swimmer to be a conference champion since Pogioli in 2006 and the first to repeat since Paul from 2003 to 2005. Amaltdinov's All-America honor in the 200 breast as a junior was the first such full-fledged award for a Purdue men's swimmer since 2006.
Amaltdinov qualified for the NCAA Championships all four years, but opted not to compete as a sophomore in 2016 in order to concentrate on training for the Russian Olympic Trials. He was an A finalist in the 200 breast at the Big Ten Championships all four years, also medaling via a third-place finish in 2015. He helped the Boilermakers take fourth in the team scoring at Big Tens in 2015 and 2018, matching the best finish in program history. His scoring finish at NCAAs in 2017 helped Purdue place 13th, matching the program's best showing in the modern era of the national championship meet.
Amaltdinov graduated as the program-record holder in the 200 breast (1:52.67) with a mark that continues to stand as a pool record at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center. He was also part of Purdue-record time in the 400 medley relay at the 2017 Big Ten Championships. He ranks third in program history in the 100 breast and 200 medley relay.
Unlike many team sports, swimming & diving is part of the at-large group for CoSDIA's All-America program. Each school is permitted to nominate only three male and three female student-athletes for Academic All-District consideration from sports like swimming & diving, tennis, golf, wrestling, ice hockey and others. Nominees must be sophomores and above with a GPA of 3.30 and higher.
Swimming & diving once again had the most representatives on the Google Cloud Academic All-America men's at-large teams this year. Amaltdinov was one of three swimming & diving honorees on the third team. Headlined by the six swimming & diving student-athletes on the first team, 12 of the 45 (27 percent) men recognized as Academic All-America honorees in the at-large group this year call the pool home. Tennis was second with eight.
Swimmers PJ Ransford (Michigan) and Katie Ledecky (Stanford) were selected as the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Team Members of the Year. For the second year in a row, Ransford and Amaltdinov were the only men's swimmers from the Big Ten recognized as Academic All-America.