Leah Ritsema
Leah  Ritsema


Zeeland, Mich.

High School:
Zeeland East




Boilers Win Five Events at Ohio State Winter Invite

Purdue victorious in the 200 medley & 400 free relays.


Boilermakers in First Place After Opening Day at Ohio St. Invite

Purdue wins the 400 medley relay with the second-fastest time in program history.


Purdue Extends its First-Place Lead at Ohio St. Invitational

Jagdfeld breaks freshman record in 200 freestyle while winning the A final of the event.


2014-15 Purdue Team Photos

Purdue Women's Swimming & Diving 2014-15 team photos

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: Yankees
Favorite Athlete: Hannah Manger
Person She'd Like to Have Dinner With: Ellen DeGeneres
In Her MP3 Player: The Jonas Brothers
Last Concert She Attended: One Republic
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling
Last Book She Read: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Favorite Actress: Ellen DeGeneres
Favorite Month: May
Favorite Holiday: Tulip Time - a week long festival in her hometown
Favorite Food: Ice Cream
Favorite Big City: Indianapolis
Unique Travel Locale: Seattle
Country She'd Most Like to Visit: Spain
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Capture the Flag
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Water Polo
Other Hobbies/Interests: Painting Her Nails

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.