Girl Power: The Makings of a Boilermaker
At 17 years old Anna James has already accomplished a lot in the world of diving. Now, with one more year of high school, she's reaching for a new goal: to be a division one college athlete.
This summer Anna has been going through recruiting, a process that is definitely exciting but can be stressful and time consuming.
"It's a little bit nerve-wracking, you know, having a coach call you and be, like, on your top game on the time," she said with a smile. "You don't really know what to say. I almost feel like, I'm being interviewed or interviewing them, but it's a lot of fun."
In the end, Anna narrowed her choices down to four major programs: Indiana, Iowa, Purdue and Texas.
She took official trips to all four universities to see where she would spend her next four years.
"I really liked the coaches at all of those schools," Anna said. "I felt like I could get along with all of those coaches. What I want to do is pre-physical therapy so I needed to look at a school that had everything I needed to get that done, but also could help me achieve my goals in diving."
When all was said and done, Purdue offered something the other schools couldn't. David Boudia, the men's 10 meter Olympic champion is a Boilermaker.
"The Olympic gold champion from London goes there, so obviously I know that he's been coached by this coach," Anna said. "So, obviously, he's a great coach. 2016 Olympics is definitely the big goal right now. I wanted a coach who could get me there and I wanted a place where I could be happy on the road to that and I think Purdue is that place."
"I really think it's going to help her grow as a person," her mom Christy said, "and you really need that to get to the Olympics and to do well at the Olympics you need to be a well-rounded person and I really think everything Purdue has to offer is going to help her achieve that goal."