June 23, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior golfer Maude-Aimee LeBlanc and sophomore diver David Boudia were named Purdue's Athletes of the Year for the 2009-10 season. They were selected by a vote of athletics department administrators from a pool of candidates made up of each sport's Most Valuable Player or similar designee.
LeBlanc was an integral part of Purdue's 2010 NCAA women's golf national championship, the first for a Big Ten team. She was the Boilermaker's highest finisher at the NCAA Championships, tying for third with a four-round total of 281, the second-lowest 72-hole tournament score in school history. The Sherbrooke, Quebec, native carded her career-best round with a 67 on the opening day of the NCAA finals and three of her four rounds were under par in the Championships.
LeBlanc was named first team All-American by Golfweek after finishing ranked No. 9 as an individual in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings. She twice has been honored as a second team All-American by the NGCA , including this season. LeBlanc won two tournaments this year, the Lady Northern Invitational and the Windy City Collegiate and has achieved four tournaments victories in her career, including a share of the 2009 Big Ten individual medal. The 6-foot-1 golfer finished fourth at the 2010 Big Ten Championships, earned the Mary Fossum Award for the conference low scoring average and was named first team All-Big Ten for the third consecutive year.
Boudia earns his second consecutive Athlete of the Year honor following a season in which he added two NCAA and two Big Ten titles to his ever-growing pile. The Noblesville, Ind., native won the 1- and 3-meter springboard events at the NCAA Championships, becoming the first diver in NCAA history to win at least one national crown from all three boards, after taking the 3-meter and platform events at the conference championship meet. He was voted national and Big Ten Diver of the Year for the second consecutive season and broke NCAA meet records with his scores of 468.65 and 494.90 from the 1- and 3-meter boards. His 1-meter score also was a Big Ten record, as were his collegiate season-best totals of 507.40 off the 3-meter and 538.15 from the platform.
Boudia also shined on the international stage when not competing for Purdue. The 2008 Olympian broke American records for most points scored in a single platform dive and most points accumulated in a six-dive platform list with totals of 109.15 and 551.20, respectively, at the USA Diving Winter National Championships in February. Following the collegiate season, Boudia won a silver medal in the platform during the final leg of the FINA World Series and then took gold with teammate Nick McCrory in synchronized platform at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix. Boudia completed his summer competition schedule earlier this month at the FINA Diving World Cup in Changzhou, China, where he teamed with Haley Ishimatsu to take top honors in the team event and return home with the first World Cup gold on Chinese soil for the Americans in 25 years.
Boudia is now in the running for the Big Ten Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year award, and LeBlanc is up for the Big Ten Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year award. The awards will be voted on by a panel of conference media and announced on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 23.
Last year, Maria Hernandez became the first-ever golfer to be named the Big Ten Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year. Hernandez won the 2009 NCAA Championship individual title, earned two national Player of the Year awards and became the fifth Purdue woman to receive the conference athlete of the year honor.