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The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Diving Trials came to a close with one former
Hoosier, Christina Loukas, qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics
after her second place finish in the senior women’s 3m springboard
Senior swimmer Allysa Vavra and redshirt junior distance runner Andy
Bayer were named the 2012 Indiana Athletes of the Year earlier today.
Both Hoosier athletes have a chance to make the U.S. Olympic team during
the USA Olympic Trials this week.
Recent IU graduate Margaux Farrell has already punched her ticket to
this summer’s Olympics, but she might not be the last Hoosier swimmer
that makes it to London. Farrell will swim for the French team, but starting Monday, 16 current
and former IU swimmers will attempt to make the United States team at
the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.
Former Hoosier diver Christina Loukas and partner Kassidy Cook narrowly
missed qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics on Thursday, falling less
than a half-point shy of wining the women’s synchronized three-meter
springboard finals at the USA Diving Olympic Trials in Federal Way,
IU senior diver Amy Cozad is within striking distance of making the U.S.
Olympic team heading into Sunday’s women’s platform final at the USA
Diving Olympic Trials, held at the Weyerhauser Aquatic Center in Federal
Led by 2009 graduate Christina Loukas, who competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, multiple Hoosiers have booked spots in the finals of their events at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Diving Trials, putting them one step closer to competing in London.
The road to London just got a little shorter for former IU diver Christina Loukas. The former All-American and 2009 NCAA Champion scored 317.46 points in
the women’s three-meter springboard semifinals Wednesday and sits in
second place heading into Saturday’s finals at the USA Diving Olympic
Trials, held at the Weyerhauser Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
Two pairs of former Hoosier divers will compete in the women’s three-meter synchronized finals on Thursday at the 2012 USA Diving Olympic Trials in Federal Way, Wash.
On April 28, Special Olympics Indiana-Monroe County will have a
fundraiser dinner and silent auction at AMVETS Post 2000 at 5227 W.
Airport Rd. in Bloomington.
IU diving legend Mark Lenzi has died at the age of 43.
A 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 3-meter, Lenzi was hospitalized in
critical condition March 28 for fainting spells and a dangerously low
blood pressure of 78/48, according to Fredericksburg.com. He was unable
to survive and passed away Monday morning.
Senior Margaux Farrell qualified for the 4X200 freestyle relay team at
the French National Championships this past week in Dunkerque, France. Farrell’s journey to the Olympics has been a balance between academics and her sport.
Heading into the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way,
Wash., IU junior diver Zac Nees said the team’s goal would be to finish
in the top 10 in the standings when it was all said and done.
Coming off last season’s 18th-place finish at the NCAA Swimming and
Diving Championships, led by then-sophomore Eric Ress’ two runner-up
finishes in both the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, the IU men’s swimming
and diving team will have to look elsewhere this year to earn points.
In addition to sweeping the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform dives, the
Hoosiers will send four of their elite competitors to Federal Way,
Wash., for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships from Thursday
The Hoosiers extended their streak to nine consecutive NCAA meets in
which the team has finished in the top 15 after finishing in 13th place
with 115 points.
As 11 swimmers and two divers have reached their goal of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, the Hoosiers will have ample
opportunities to score points and improve on last season’s 15th-place
Both Darian Schmidt and Zac Nees will advance to the NCAA Championships from March
22-24 after both finished in the top three in the 3-meter diving
Starting Thursday, IU’s diving team will compete in the 2012 NCAA Zone C
Diving Championships in Bloomington with the potential for divers to
qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships later this month.
Only one day before trying to qualify for the Olympic Trials in one of
her favorite events, the 100-meter freestyle, IU sophomore swimmer Sara
Delay found herself in the hospital with her life about to change.
The situation was all too familiar to IU’s men’s swimming and diving team.