Oct. 17, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue swimming and diving will kick off their 2008 season on Saturday when they host the Indiana Intercollegiates at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Ball State, Indianapolis and IUPUI come to town as both the men's and women's squads will be competing.
The Boilermaker men return 25 athletes from last year's 7-4 squad. They finished 5th at the Big Ten Championships last season and sophomore David Colturi earned All-America honors in both the 1-meter and platform. This year's team has a senior class of eight strong, led by John Schmitt and Andrew Langenfeld. Also, freshman diver David Boudia will be making his Purdue debut after competing in the Beijing Olympics.
The Purdue women have a slew of new faces this season, including head coach John Klinge. Klinge comes back to the Boilermakers after serving as an assistant men's head coach at Ohio State the last five years. A 1994 Purdue graduate, he was an undergraduate assistant to men's head coach Dan Ross in 1994-95 and his career bests in the 200 back (1:46.36) and 400 IM (3:54.82) still rank among the top five in Purdue history.
Leading this year's women's team will be junior co-captains Leah Henninger and Christine Inman. Sophomore diver Kara Cook is coming off an All-America season on platform and junior diver Ashley Karnes should also be a major contributor. Almost half of this year's women's squad, 12 of 25, are newcomers.
The Indiana Intercollegiates starts at noon tomorrow at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Live scoring will be provided on purduesports.com.