Leah Ritsema
Leah Ritsema


Zeeland, Mich.

High School:
Zeeland East



Purdue Personal Preferences
In Her MP3 Player: Backstreet Boys
Last Concert She Attended: Maroon 5
Favorite Actress: Sandra Bullock
Favorite Month: August
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Ice Cream
Favorite Big City: New York
Unique Travel Locale: Mexico
Continent She'd Most Like to Visit: Europe
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Capture the Flag
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Water Polo
Other Hobbies/Interests: Board Games

2013-14: Ritsema competed in the freestyle sprints... posted season-best times in the 50 (24.42) and 100 free (54.55) at the Boiler-Make-It NCAA Last Chance meet... made her collegiate debut in the dual meet victory at Hawaii... part of the travel roster for the dual meet at Indiana, competing the 50 and 100 free.

Before Purdue: Ritsema was a four-year varsity letter-winner for coach Mike Torrey... was also an accomplished water polo player... All-American and Academic All-American as a senior year team captain... four-time all-state honoree... conference champion in the 50 free as a sophomore... helped ZEHS finish fourth at the Michigan state meet her senior year and win conference titles... championship final qualifier at the 2012 Michigan long course state meet in the 50 free with her West Michigan Swimmers club team... academic all-state honoree for the water polo team... helped water polo place fifth at state as a junior.

Personal: Full name is Leah Rae Ritsema... born in Holland, Mich.... parents are Tim and Amy Ritsema... family also includes younger brother Ben... mother (swimming) and father (track and field) both competed in sports at Hope College; father is current athletic director at Zeeland East High School... undecided on a major.