Trio of Hoosiers, pair of Boilers make USA Diving Olympic roster
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana and Purdue will be well-represented on USA Diving’s 10-member Olympic roster.
After qualifying in Indianapolis last week, five of the 10 qualifiers have Central Indiana ties, with two Boilers and three Hoosiers.
“All this built-up emotion that’s been inside of me kind of came out this week,” said Steele Johnson, a Purdue sophomore who will compete in the men’s 10-meter platform and men’s 10-meter synchro events in Rio.
“It’s cool to have (Steele) right beside me,” said David Boudia, a Purdue graduate, reigning Olympic 10-meter platform gold medalist, and partner to his Boiler teammate this year in the 10-meter synchro. “We train together at Purdue, and now it’s cool to be able to have that going into Rio.”
The trio of divers from Indiana give plenty of credit to their Hoosier roots for their success on the international level.
“It just shows how strong the Hoosiers are,” said Jessica Parratto, a sophomore at Indiana.
“Drew (Johansen, IU Head Diving coach) has developed a fantastic program in his short time at IU, and I think it’s just the beginning of great things to come,” added Michael Hixon, an IU junior.
“We’re lucky to be able to represent not just our country, but our school and everything else that’s a part of our life,” continued Amy Cozad, a Hoosier from 2009-2013.
The Black & Gold and Cream & Crimson don’t always mix well together, but these divers promise to play nice while wearing the Red, White, and Blue.
“As far as diving’s concerned, we’ll be united,” smiled Boudia.