Aug. 10, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Seven Purdue divers, four men and three women, are traveling to Tallahassee, Fla., to begin competition this week at the AT&T National Diving Championships.
“This has been a great summer with a lot of progress from all of our divers,” head diving coach Adam Soldati said. “Many of our divers have worked hard at learning some more difficult dives and look forward to testing the water in Florida. We are very fortunate. To qualify our full team for U.S. Nationals is a first for my coaching career. Like every competition that we are in, our goals are to never stop competing all the way to the end and come away from the competition with something that can help us become better people and better divers.”
Junior David Colturi looks to defend both titles he won at the Speedo USA Spring National Championships in April. The Sylvania, Ohio, native won an individual platform title and a synchronized platform crown with partner Sean Moore at the championships, which took place in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The duo then went on to win a bronze medal at the FISU World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia, in July. Colturi is teaming up with Moore again for the 3-meter and platform synchronized competitions that begin Tuesday. He then is scheduled to contest the 1-meter, an event in which he is a two-time honorable mention All-American, Thursday before taking a shot at his second straight individual platform crown Friday.
Also teaming up for both synchronized events Tuesday are junior J.P. Perez and freshman Jimmy Page. Perez scored in the 3-meter and platform competitions at this year’s Big Ten Championships and ranks in the top six on Purdue’s all-time performance lists in both events, while Page was redshirted during the 2008-09 collegiate campaign. The duo also is entered in the individual platform competition.
Senior Ashley Karnes
begins her competition Wednesday with the 1-meter. The Bloomington, Ind., native won a bronze medal from the 1-meter at the World University Games. Purdue’s school-record holder in both springboard events also is the defending Big Ten champion in the 1-meter and earned All-America honors from the lowest springboard at this year’s NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Casey Matthews, who dove to honorable mention All-America status from both springboards in her first collegiate season, is entered in the 3-meter competition that begins Thursday and is contesting the platform Friday. Junior Kara Cook, who won the conference crown and became an All-American off the platform in 2008, joins Matthews on the 10-meter board. Cook, from The Woodlands, Texas, also participated in this summer’s World University Games after diving to a runner-up finish in the synchronized platform competition with partner Audra Egenolf.
Senior Kyle Mitrione is the only Boilermaker diver entered in all three individual events. The Haddonfield, N.J., native who earned honorable mention All-America honors off the platform joins his teammates in that event Friday. He also is entered in the 3-meter Wednesday and joins Colturi for the 1-meter Thursday.
Sophomore David Boudia is the only Purdue diver not competing this week. The 2009 NCAA 3-meter and platform champion decided to skip the meet after winning a silver medal with partner Thomas Finchum in synchronized platform at the FINA World Championships in July. Boudia also finished sixth in the individual platform at the championships to earn the highest finish by an American since 1998.
The AT&T National Diving Championships begin Tuesday at noon ET from the Morcom Aquatics Center on the campus of Florida State University. Competition continues through Sunday. Live results can be found throughout the championships at purduesports.com.