125 Boilermakers have earned academic distinction this year
Boilermakers sweep the relays, Gerbrandt wins 100 fly and 200 IM
Purdue to race against nine other teams at two-day invitational meet
Purdue had 63 student-athletes earn the award.
Dunnichay, Tweardy & the 800 free relay team earn All-America honors.
Purdue Women's Swimming & Diving 2014-15 team photos
Favorite Pro Team: Indianapolis Colts
Favorite Athlete: Meagan Lim
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): Ohio State
Diver She’d Like to Compete Against: Steele Johnson
Favorite Playoff Format: NCAA Basketball Tournament
Would Like to Have Dinner With: Ellen DeGeneres
In Her MP3 Player: Kygo
Last Concert She Attended: Parachute
Favorite Social Media Platform: Instagram
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling
Last Book She Read: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Favorite Actor & Actress: Zac Efron & Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite TV Show: Parks & Rec
Favorite Month: May
Favorite Holiday: Independence Day
Favorite Dessert: Ice Cream
Favorite Big City: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Unique Travel Locale: Hawaii
Country She'd Most Like to Visit: South Africa
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Bonfires
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Water Polo
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: Fueling Station
Most Memorable Meet/Moment at Purdue: 2014 Ohio State Invitational
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Linda Naimi, Technology
Furry Friend: Norman, Mixed-Breed Dog
Other Hobbies/Interests: Obsessively Watching The Office
2014-15: Distinguished Big Ten Scholar... Ritsema competed in the freestyle sprints and 100 backstroke... posted season-best times in the 100 free (53.39) and 100 back (57.41) at the Ohio State Winter Invite... won the 50 free with a time of 24.05, was the runner-up in the 100 back and swam the leadoff leg for the victorious 400 free relay team at Ohio State in February... star recruiter award winner... qualified for the B finals of the 50 free and 100 back at the Ohio State Invitational, posting her season-best time in the 50 free (23.96).
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... majoring in organizational leadership and supervision.