In only a few weeks’ time, former IU diver Christina Loukas will mount her second challenge for a gold medal, knowing full well that a shot at diving’s Holy Grail — her “next year” — will not come again until 2016.
After missing out on the last qualifying spot for the final of her signature event, the 400-meter individual medley, by .2 seconds, co-IU Athlete of the Year Allysa Vavra spoke to the IDS from the USA Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., to share her thoughts on the award, her future plans and the race that left her speechless.
Former Hoosier field hockey great Kayla Bashore-Smedley is no stranger to building tradition from the ground up.
A day after ousting Louisville and etching its name in IU lore as one of the most successful teams in program history, the Hoosier men’s tennis squad was condemned to the same fate that befell its basketball brethren earlier this year, as Kentucky advanced at Indiana’s expense in the NCAA Tournament.
IU defeated the Louisville Cardinals 4-2 in Friday afternoon’s opening round of the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Ky.
Friday, IU will look to take the most significant step forward yet in its ongoing pursuit of the “tennis school” moniker, as it stands on the precipice of killing two birds which have eluded Bloemendaal’s cream and crimson squads with one stone: should the Hoosiers defeat Louisville in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Bloemendaal and the current crop of Hoosiers would earn both their first NCAA Tournament victory and their first triumph against Louisville.
Seniors Stephen Vogl, Will Kendall and Jeremy Langer will get yet another shot at redemption against Louisville — with the stakes higher than ever.
The final twist in a dramatic quarterfinal battle with the fourth-seeded Gophers went the way of fifth-seeded Indiana, as the No. 27 Hoosiers (23-8, 7-4) outlasted Minnesota 4-3 in Evanston, Ill., to advance to the tournament’s semifinals for the second consecutive year.