Kendra Bowen is just a couple of months away from beginning her senior year at Carmel High School in Indiana, but she already knows what college she wants to attend. The mid-distance swimmer recently announced her verbal commitment to remain in her native state and attend Purdue University.
On her social media, Bowen posted, “I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academic career at Purdue University! Can’t wait to be a Boilermaker.”
This past season, Bowen helped Carmel win its 32nd consecutive state title. She finished fifth in the 500 freestyle and sixth in the 200 freestyle. Along with her accomplishments for the Greyhound swim team, Bowen is also part of the Carmel Swim Club. With them, she competed in the American Short Course Championships, where she placed in the top eight in the 200 and 500 freestyles. Bowen also recorded personal bests in the 50, 100, and 500 free, the 200 fly, and the 400 IM. As a sophomore in 2017, Bowen was named to the Hamilton County Reporter’s All-County Third Team for Swim and Dive.
Bowen comes into a Purdue program that finished 19th at the National Championships this year. They also had a sixth place finish at the Big Ten Championships. The Lady Boilmakers have finished in the top ten of the conference championships every year since 1999.