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Lilly King and Andrew Gutman named IU's 2018-19 Athletes of the Year


Senior Lilly King swims the breaststroke Nov. 17 at Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center. King placed first in her heat. Claire Livingston

IU athletics announced Tuesday morning former women's swimmer Lilly King and men's soccer player Andrew Gutman are the 2018-19 Athletes of the Year.

King is the first athlete in school history to be named IU Athlete of the Year for all four years of her career, while Gutman becomes the ninth men's soccer player to earn the accolade.

"Indiana University Athletics has a long and rich history of students who have separated themselves with their extraordinary athletic accomplishments, and Lilly King and Andrew Gutman are members of that elite list," said Fred Glass, IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

King leaves IU as one of the best swimmers to ever compete in Bloomington. This past season, she completed her sweep of the 100 and 200 breaststrokes at the NCAA Championships, giving her eight NCAA titles. She is the first woman in NCAA history to win eight breaststroke championships.

In her career, King won 16 Big Ten titles, was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year three times, First-Team All-Big Ten four times and Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year twice.

"Lilly King has been the most transformative swimmer in Indiana University's women's athletic history," IU swimming Head Coach Ray Looze said in a press release. "To win this prestigious award four years in a row is very humbling given all the great athletes produced each year by Hoosier athletics. It has been a blessing to coach her these past four years."

As for Gutman, he won the most prestigious award in collegiate men's soccer when he earned the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy.

Senior defender Andrew Gutman celebrates after IU's quarterfinal NCAA Tournament game against Notre Dame on Nov. 30, 2018, at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Gutman recently signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Celtic FC.  Matt Begala

Despite being a defender and helping IU record an NCAA-best 15 shutouts last season, Gutman netted 11 goals to lead the Hoosiers in 2018. He also recorded nine assists.

In his four-year career, Gutman started all 90 matches he appeared in and scored 20 goals and 17 assists. The Hoosiers made the NCAA Tournament all four years Gutman played and twice advanced to the College Cup, which is the final four teams, including a National Championship appearance in 2017.

"Andrew had a special senior year leading our team to championship success on and off the field," men's soccer Head Coach Todd Yeagley said in the release. "It's very difficult for a defender to be named national player of the year. Andrew will be remembered as one of the elite players of Indiana soccer."

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