Meet The New Kid: David Boudia

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM David Boudia competes at the 2006 Grand Prix in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
David Boudia competes at the 2006 Grand Prix in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Dec. 13, 2007

By Pierre Mancini
Purdue sports information student assistant

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue has landed the nation's top diving recruit. His name is David Boudia.

Born in Abilene, Texas, Boudia now resides in Noblesville, Ind., which is just up the road from the U.S. National Training Center in Indianapolis. Boudia has been part of the U.S. National Team since 2005.

"David is the No. 1 diving recruit in the country who is full of passion and drive to be the best," said Purdue diving coach Adam Soldati. "He has his eyes set on Beijing in 2008 and we're honored to have him join our program."

Boudia is a four-time U.S. National Champion and a three-time U.S. Open National Champion on 3-meter springboard and platform. His platform titles include a 491.65-point performance at the 2006 Speedo U.S. Open and a 472.20-point outing at the 2006 Kaiser Permanente National Diving Championships.

Boudia combined with Indianapolis native Thomas Finchum to win four platform synchro titles in 2007, winning crowns at the Pan American Games, USA Diving Grand Prix, nationals and spring nationals.

Boudia and Finchum were awarded the silver medal at the 2006 FINA World Cup in Shanghai, China, and claimed a bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships held in Melbourne, Australia.

Boudia's diving passport has taken him all over the world. Since joining the national team in 2005, Boudia has traveled to Russia, Spain, China, Mexico, Australia, Canada, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Boudia is anxious to begin his NCAA diving career as a Boilermaker for the 2008-09 season, but first he wants to be selected to this February's U.S. World Cup team and later represent the Red, White and Blue at the next Olympiad.

Boudia is the son of Jim and Sheilagh Boudia. He has two older sisters, Shauni and Shaila. Shauni is currently a sophomore at Southern Indiana University and is a member of its varsity soccer team.