Athletics spotlight


—The wrestling team was named Academic National Champions by the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association with a division-high 3.419 team grade point average. Wrestling senior Nick Walpole won the Division II national championship at 149 pounds, UIndy’s first individual wrestling national championship.

—As of the end of May, UIndy athletics ranked in the top 20 in the country in the NCAA Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings.

—UIndy finished the year with 148 Academic All-GLVC selections.

—Men’s basketball All-American Darius Adams was named Most Outstanding Player in the Reese’s NCAA Division II College All-Star Game at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

—For the second season in a row, the men’s basketball team defeated a Division I opponent. Last year it was Valparaiso; this season it was No. 23 Tennessee, 79-64. Coach Stan Gouard appeared on ESPN to talk about the victory over his college coach, Bruce Pearl.

—Several coaches served on NCAA Championship Regional Advisory Committees: volleyball head coach Jody Butera (chair; member of national volleyball committee); assistant AD for Academic Services Daryl Gibbs (men’s basketball); men’s/women’s tennis head coach John Venter (women’s tennis).

—Swimmers Austin Biefnes and Guy Kogel each were honored with the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Winter 2011 Commissioner’s Award.

—Football senior Craig Ray and softball sophomore Jennifer DeMotte were named to Capital One Academic All-District Teams.

—By May, nine teams had advanced to NCAA postseason competition, 19 individuals had earned All-America honors, and four teams finished the season ranked in the top 20 nationally.

—The NCAA named Lyndsay McBride one of nine finalists for its Woman of the Year award. The 2009 NCAA DII women’s golf national champion and 2010 GLVC Women’s Golfer of the Year was one of only three Division II finalists for the prestigious honor.