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Purdue to host Big Ten Men’s Swimming Championships

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –- The 14th-ranked Purdue men’s swimming and diving team welcomes the rest of the conference this week as the Big Ten Championships begin Thursday inside the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

“The Big Ten meet is always an exciting meet,” head coach Dan Ross said. “But, hosting for only the second time since 1963 is special. Purdue University is fortunate to have such a fine facility capable of hosting this great event. I invite all of Tippecanoe County to come out and support this event that will include US and International Olympians.”

David Colturi was Purdues high scorer at last years Big Ten Championships.

David Colturi was Purdue's high scorer at last year's Big Ten Championships.

Last season, Purdue put together a school-record point total of 488.5 at the Big Ten Championships and finished fifth. David Colturi was the highest scorer for the Boilermakers after he finished second off the 3-meter springboard, third from the 1-meter and fifth off the 10-meter platform in his first conference championship meet.

In 2009, Purdue has another freshman poised to score from all three diving boards. David Boudia has broken the school record from all three boards and broke a conference record this season when he was named Big Ten Diver of the Week seven times, which bettered the previous record of five. Boudia, a Noblesville, Ind., native and 2008 Olympian, enters the conference championships with victories in his last 18 collegiate diving competitions. This summer, Boudia will represent the USA again after being selected to the World Championships team earlier this month.

The Boilermakers have plenty of weapons in the pool as well. Senior Andrew Langenfeld broke three school records in the season’s final dual meet against Indiana on Feb. 7. The Centralia, Ill., native began his record-setting day by swimming the third leg on Purdue’s 400-yard medley relay team that included Tim Watts, Aaron Koger and John Schmitt. The quartet lowered the previous record by almost one full second. Langenfeld continued by lowering the school record in the 50 freestyle, which he already held, before breaking the 100 butterfly school record.

Schmitt, who finished fifth in the 200 freestyle at the 2007 Big Ten Championships, and sophomore Matt Stewart moved to second on Purdue’s all-time performance lists in the 100 freestyle and 1,000 freestyle, respectively, against Indiana. Stewart also put himself in third place on Purdue’s all-time performance list in the 500 freestyle.

Sam Wilcher, Purdue’s 200 butterfly record holder, earned the team’s highest finish in the pool at last year’s Big Ten Championships as the junior from Arlington Heights, Ill., finished sixth in the event. Purdue’s relay teams all added points to last year’s total, with the 200 and 400 freestyle relay quartets leading the way with sixth-place finishes. The Boilermakers enter the championships with six marks that have met the NCAA ‘B’ standard and all five divers qualified for the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships.

Purdue has 25 individual conference titles. The Boilermakers have earned their highest conference finish, fourth, 11 times. Purdue has hosted five Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, with the most recent coming in 2004. Before that, the Big Ten champion was crowned in West Lafayette in 1939, 1949, 1956 and 1963.

The Big Ten has six ranked teams and five in the top 15, led by defending conference champion Michigan at No. 4. The Big Ten Championships begin Thursday and run through Saturday. Each day of competition features an afternoon session of preliminaries that begins at noon and an evening session of finals that begins at 7 p.m.

Complete championships information, including ticket purchasing options and a schedule of events, can be found at Live results will be available at, and will provide live video of the diving events. The Big Ten Championships will be broadcast on tape delay by the Big Ten Network on March 7 at noon ET.

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