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June 1, 2012

5 Purdue students who break records include Olympic swimmer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University is recognizing five students who break records in the Olympic Games, on the basketball court and soccer field, and in the community. 

Purdue Marketing and Media has developed a website at http://www.purdue.edu/fivestudents/index.html that includes information on the students who are recognized for their achievements.

The five "Record Makers" include:

* David Boudia of Noblesville, Ind., a senior studying communication. Boudia, a record-setting diver, is favored to medal at this summer's Olympic Games. Boudia, who has six NCAA diving titles and numerous Big Ten accolades, competed in the 2008 Olympic Games.

* Patrick Byrne of Austin, Texas, a recent graduate who studied civil engineering. Byrne led the Drumline team at Purdue's Relay for Life, and the team was named The Best Fundraising Team for the past three years. During this time, the group has collected donations exceeding $18,000.

* Silai Mirzoy of West Lafayette, Ind., a senior studying biology. Mirzoy partnered with friends to start ICAN, a first-of-its-kind organization in the community for female Muslim youth. The group helps youth develop their confidence, build faith and serve their community.

* Brittany Rayburn of Attica, Ind., a first-year veterinary medicine student. Rayburn holds NCAA, Big Ten and Purdue records in basketball.

* John Christopher "J.C." Russo of Carmel, Ind., a junior studying computer graphics technology. As a starting goalie for Team USA in power soccer, Russo helped his team twice win the Powerchair Football World Cup. He also has been a two-time Team USA member for the United States Power Soccer Association.
     
Writer:  Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu