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Diving: Purdue to compete at Ohio State Invitational

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue is sending 10 divers to Columbus this weekend for the Ohio State Invitational. The competition runs Friday through Sunday in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Events begin on Friday at 2 p.m. ET with finals taking place at 7 p.m. On Saturday, preliminary competition starts at 1 p.m. and finals are at 7 p.m. The diving concludes Sunday with the platform at noon.

Sophomore David Boudia leads the men’s six-diver contingent. Boudia opened his 2009-10 collegiate season two weeks ago by sweeping the springboard competitions at the Purdue Invitational. The defending 3-meter and platform NCAA champion claimed first place in the 1-meter with his score of 397.80 points Friday before trouncing the 3-meter field by scoring 469.80.

Juniors David Colturi and J.P. Perez, who hail from Sylvania and Columbus, respectively, return to their home state for this weekend’s competition. Colturi, a four-time All-American, helped Purdue tie a Big Ten record for consecutive Diver of the Week honors by winning it in the two weeks preceding Boudia’s award two weeks ago. Purdue is just the third school to win three consecutive Big Ten Diver of the Week awards and first to pull the trick since 2003. Perez moved to third, trailing only Boudia and Colturi, in the program’s all-time performance list in the platform with his team-leading score of 430.55 at the Purdue Invitational.

Ashley Karnes returns to competition after breaking the Doris Z. Holloway Pool record in the 3-meter and earning Big Ten Diver of the Week honors two weeks ago. (PurdueSports.com)

Ashley Karnes returns to competition after breaking the Doris Z. Holloway Pool record in the 3-meter and earning Big Ten Diver of the Week honors two weeks ago. (PurdueSports.com)

Senior Kyle Mitrione, junior Danny Cox and freshman Jimmy Page round out the Purdue men competing this weekend. Mitrione, who earned honorable-mention All-America honors in the platform last season, scored from all three boards at the Purdue Invitational. Cox improved his standing in eighth on Purdue’s all-time performance list in the 3-meter at the Purdue Invitational, which marked the first time he contested that event this season. Page ranks ninth on the program’s all-time performance list in the 3-meter and platform after his first two months of collegiate competition.

Senior Ashley Karnes heads the women’s four-diver squad after being named Big Ten Diver of the Week for her performance at the Purdue Invitational. The All-American from Bloomington, Ind., broke the Doris Z. Holloway Pool record in the 3-meter on the first night and then finished third from the 1-meter the following evening. Her 3-meter score of 370.20 gave her the record again after sophomore Casey Matthews scored 365.40 on Nov. 7 to break the previous record of 363.50 held by Karnes.

Matthews enters the weekend following a runner-up finish in the 1-meter and a sixth-place showing in the 3-meter. The Getzville, N.Y., native, who earned honorable-mention All-America honors in the 1-meter last season, led all Purdue divers with her season-best score of 300.05 off the lowest springboard. Matthews also moved to fourth on Purdue’s all-time performance list in the 3-meter when she broke the facility record two weeks earlier.

Junior All-Americans Erin Mertz and Kara Cook complete the Boilermaker women diving this weekend. Mertz won the platform competition at the Purdue Invitational and moved to eighth on the program’s all-time performance list in the event with her 265.80 score two days after recording a season-high 329.60 total from the 3-meter that places her sixth on Purdue’s all-time performance list in the 3-meter. Cook, who ranks third on the platform list, joined Mertz as the only Boilermakers to score off all three boards at the Purdue Invitational.

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