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Boudia & Mertz Sweep Big Ten Diver of the Week Awards Again

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PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Nov. 9, 2010

PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Thanks to a combined seven individual victories during a weekend sweep of dual meets at Northwestern and Notre Dame, Purdue's David Boudia and Erin Mertz have swept the Big Ten Conference Diver of the Week awards for the second time this season.

Boudia and Mertz were also recognized by the conference office Oct. 26. Boudia has now won the Diver of the Week award 13 times in his accomplished collegiate career, increasing his conference record.

Mertz's honor was her as a collegiate competitor. Along with her laurels this year, she was also recognized as the Big 12 Conference Diver of the Week in February 2008 while she was a student-athlete at Kansas.

Mertz's victorious performances at Notre Dame Saturday helped the Purdue women win a closely-contested dual meet. She earned 18 points with her diving wins, nine more than Notre Dame's top female diver. The Boilermakers won the meet, 155-145.

Boudia won the 1- and 3-meter diving events at both Northwestern and Notre Dame. He posted consistent scores of 393.45 and 394.95 in the 1-meter and topped 450 points in the 3-meter twice, highlighted by a 473.47 at Notre Dame. His 1- and 3-meter scores at Notre Dame eclipsed his own pool records at the Rolfs Aquatic Center.

Mertz won three of the four diving events over the weekend. Along with sweeping the 1- and 3-meter at Notre Dame, she also took first in the 3-meter at Northwestern and finished second in the 1-meter. She improved her scores in both events from Friday to Saturday, highlighted by a 28-point increase off the 1-meter board after posting a 304.64 at Notre Dame. She earned scores of 310.20 and 316.95 off the 3-meter.

The Purdue swimming and diving teams, both 3-0 in dual meets this season, return to action Friday when they host Eastern Michigan for a double dual meet at 6 p.m. It will be a breast cancer prevention and awareness meet at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, with the athletes set to don pink swim caps and shirts.