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PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Amanda Miller
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Amanda Miller
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Aug. 6, 2007

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker Diving Academy (BDA) placed 12th at this past weekend's Kaiser Permanente Senior National Diving Championships with 42.50 points. Amanda Miller and Indiana's Christina Loukas led the way with a third-place finish in the synchronized 3-meter springboard competition.

Miller and Loukas won the prelim round with 287.40 points, but slipped to third during finals with 290.10 points. Kelci Bryant and Ariel Rittenhouse won with 319.80 points while Cassidy Krug and Nancilea Foster were a distant second wih 291.15 points.

Sophomore Ashley Karnes was the BDA's second leading scorer with 10 points. Karnes totaled 204.65 points in the 1-meter semifnals and 181.20 points during 3-meter semis.

Boilermaker newcomer Kara Cook of team champion The Woodland's Diving Academy placed 14th on tower with 242.25 points. She posted a higher prelim score of 254.00 points, which was good for ninth place.

A second Boilermaker recruit, David Colturi, of Legacy Diving finished among the top 20 scoring individuals with 19 points. Colturi placed sixth on 1-meter with 342.10 points and later finished 13th on tower with 308.65 points.

Purdue sophomore Kyle Mitrione scored his lone point off the platform, placing 16th with 277.85 points.

Zach Schultz, who'll be heading to Bangkok, Thailand, next for the World University Games, earned 11 points for scoring 294.45 points during 1-meter semifinals.

Miller and Loukas will join Schultz at the WUG. Diving events run from Aug. 13 to 18.

Purdue men's swimming head coach Dan Ross is currently en route to Thailand, having just finished a training camp with Team USA in Singapore. Ross boasted about the team's treatment overseas as they relaxed at a five-star hotel and trained at a superb facility.

"This team's ready for Bangkok and Giordan (Pogioli), in particular, has looked great in practice," said Ross.

The WUG officially start Aug. 8, but swimming events won't begin until next Sunday, Aug. 12.