The Boiling Point: Big-time Purdue diver David Boudia picked up the Big Ten’s male athlete of the year award.
Purdue diver David Boudia picked up another gigantic award on Monday. Boudia, who’s one of the best divers in the country, was named the Jesse Owens Male Big Ten Athlete of the Year.
A three-time NCAA Diver of the Year, Boudia is the first diver to be named Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year and the second Boilermaker to earn the accolade, following basketball player Glenn Robinson in 1994. A junior from Noblesville, Ind., Boudia has won six NCAA titles in his career, including championships in the 1-meter and 3-meter in 2011. He won all three diving events at this year’s Big Ten Championships, becoming the first diver in conference history to accomplish the feat twice in a career, having also swept in 2009. Boudia has racked up eight conference titles in his career and was named this year’s Big Ten Diver of the Year and of the Championships.
He’s also qualified for the USA Diving World Championships in 2011 in the platform and synchro platform and was a USA Diving National Champion in the same events. An Olympian in 2008, Boudia is forgoing his senior year to train for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.