July 28, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Several runner-up showings propelled the Boilermaker Diving Academy to a third-place finish in the overall team standings at this past week's Kaiser Permanente National Diving Championships in Pasadena, Calif.
Purdue divers of the past and present racked up 132 points and outscored close to 30 other programs. Diving juggernauts from Indiana University and The Woodlands (Texas) Diving Academy were the only clubs to fare better than Purdue.
"It was a great finish to a great year," said Boilermaker Diving Academy head coach Adam Soldati. "It's been a long, long year, but the group hung tough all the way to the end. David (Colturi) displayed his mental toughness on the platform, Ashley (Karnes) had a great week in which she only missed one dive, and Amanda (Miller's ) personal best performances from this week will propel her into the next quad as she works towards the London Olympics in 2012."
The Kaiser Permanente National Diving Championships is considered one of USA Diving's most prestigious events as over 125 of the nation's best divers came to the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center to compete, including Olympian and future Boilermaker David Boudia.
Boudia, in his final tune-up before the Beijing Olympics, won the synchronized platform title with partner Thomas Finchum. Their total of 464.04 points was over 124 points better than the runner-up team of Andrew Brown and Cole Young.
Back to the Boilermakers ... sophomore David Colturi was the championship's seventh-leading scorer on the men's side with 38 points, while former Purdue All-American Amanda Miller and junior Ashley Karnes placed sixth and 11th on the women's side with 47 and 26 points, respectively.
Further down the list, redshirt junior Danny Cox tied for 29th with 11 points; sophomore Kara Cook and newcomer Ashley Beal each scored three points.
Colturi rebounded to place second on platform after placing fourth in prelims and sixth in semifinals. The sophomore totaled 426.15 points during finals, which was a significant improvement over his previous round scores of 372.10 and 374.45.
Earlier in the week, Colturi placed fourth on 1-meter springboard with 332.55 points and posted 305.50 points in the 3-meter preliminaries.
Cox also earned a handful of team points on platform with an 11th-place total of 282.65, but it was his prelim and semifinal scores that greatly encouraged Soldati. Cox missed all of last season due to injury, but presented himself as a genuine contender in this event by producing scores of 396.65 and 382.70 in the early rounds.
Miller earned two silver medals at Kaiser. Her first came on 1-meter, scoring 259.65 points to Christina Loukas' 264.80, but later teamed with Loukas to place second on synchronized 3-meter with 298.20. In between, Miller placed fifth on 3-meter with 309.15 points.
Karnes, who won a number of springboard events in 2008 en route to capturing three Big Ten Diver of the Weeks awards, wound up eighth on 3-meter with 281.80 points. The junior finished seventh following prelims with 257.65 points, then climbed to second following semis with a six-dive total of 289.05 points.
The Kaiser Permanente National Diving Championships represented the end of the 2007-08 diving season. Purdue diving's next event is the 2008 Indiana Intercollegiates, which take place Saturday, Oct. 18 at Noon at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.