Greyhound sports update, 2012–2013

 

Jennifer-DeMotte Jenny-Konop Hartley,-Jake Klay-Fiechter swimming track-&-field IMG_7300 IMG_6715For the first time, University of Indianapolis Athletics has claimed back-to-back top 10 finishes in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, taking seventh in 2012–13 standings after a fifth-place finish in 2011–12. The back-to-back Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy champs were the conference’s top team. It’s UIndy’s fourth finish in the top 10, including three of the last five seasons. The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 14 sports—seven women’s and seven men’s. It is the 10th time in 11 seasons UIndy is ranked in the top 20. In fact, the Greyhounds are consistently the top athletics program in the state; the University of Indianapolis has been the highest-ranked Indiana athletic program five times in the last six seasons. UIndy competes in Division II’s most competitive region, the Midwest, which boasts four of the top 15 teams.

The Hounds closed the season with women’s golf winning its second straight regional championship and taking seventh in the country, while softball finished ninth by reaching the NCAA Midwest Super Regional. Men’s golf took 29th and men’s outdoor track and field added points for 37th place in their NCAA championship events. Last fall, volleyball won a regional championship and finished in a tie for third in the country, while the football team reached the final 16 of the NCAA Championship. The winter saw UIndy earn points from men’s indoor track and field (sixth in NCAA Championships), wrestling (19th), women’s swimming and diving (21st), and men’s swimming and diving (22nd) at the D-II Winter Sports Festival. Men’s and women’s basketball contributed with appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Regional championships

A pair of UIndy athletics programs proved the best in the Midwest by winning NCAA regionals. The volleyball team earned the right to host the NCAA Championships Midwest Regional and used the home court advantage to win in dominant fashion. The Greyhounds (31-8) defeated Rockhurst, Ferris State, and Hillsdale without dropping a set to win their second regional championship and advance to the NCAA Championships. The Hounds went on to defeat East Region champion New Haven in the Elite Eight to reach the national semifinals for the first time before falling to national runner-up Tampa. With a jaw-dropping 46-stroke win at the NCAA Division II East Super Regional, the women’s golf team collected its second consecutive regional crown. Three Greyhounds finished in the top five, and UIndy advanced to the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in the last five years. The team wrapped up its season with a seventh-place showing at the NCAA Division II Championship at LPGA International in Daytona Beach.  The performance marks the team’s second-highest showing at the finals. Despite not having a single senior on its roster, the Greyhounds notched their fourth top-10 finish at the DII Championship in the last five years, settling just one stroke back of sixth-place Tarleton State. UIndy placed third at the 2009 championship, ninth in 2010, and ninth last year.

Best in the GLVC

UIndy is the 2012–13 winner of the Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy. It is the second year in a row that the Hounds have topped the GLVC and the fifth time overall. The Greyhounds took titles in six of the GLVC’s 18 championship sports. The Greyhounds opened the season by winning the first-ever GLVC football championship in the fall, and men’s indoor track and field won its fourth consecutive GLVC championship. UIndy added four more titles in the spring as men’s and women’s golf both won, with the women winningfor the second year in a row. The men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams repeated as GLVC champions for the fourth straight year.  The women actually claimed their fifth consecutive conference crown. The Hounds posted strong finishes in women’s cross country, softball, tennis, and volleyball for third-place points, and fourth-place markers in men’s cross country and tennis.

SAAC champions, again

For the fourth straight year—and the fifth of the last six years—the UIndy Student-Athlete Advisory Committee won the GLVC SAAC Challenge. UIndy amassed 519 points, 170 more than runner-up Bellarmine. The Challenge is based on six attributes: learning, service, balance, passion, sportsmanship, and resourcefulness. Points are earned via community service, GLVC Sportsmanship award winners, GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards, Academic All-GLVC honors, and Make-A-Wish donations. The Greyhounds capped the season with more than 75 community service projects completed by the 21 teams. Three teams (football, men’s indoor track and field, and men’s golf) earned GLVC Sportsmanship Awards, and Klay Fiechter earned the 2012 football Scholar Athlete of the Year honor. UIndy has now won the award for four straight years, and five of the last six.

 

Keeping the ‘scholar’ in ‘scholar-athlete’

Division II graduation rate data show that UIndy’s four-year Academic Success Rate average of 80 percent is eight points better than the national average. The Greyhounds have 14 sports higher than 75 percent, and volleyball, women’s tennis, and men’s swimming and diving are at 100 percent. Other outstanding ASR scores were turned in by men’s cross country/track (81), football (77), men’s golf (90), men’s soccer (86), men’s tennis (89), women’s basketball (78), women’s cross country/track (82), women’s golf (88), women’s soccer (92), softball (93), and women’s swimming and diving (97). Division II student-athletes perform significantly better than the general student body, and UIndy student-athletes reflected the national trend of outperforming the general student body.

Eight UIndy athletes were named Capital One Academic All-Americans, the highest national academic award possible. Making the first team were Maura Donahue (at-large: swimming), Jenny Konop (at-large: golf), Jennifer DeMotte (softball), Klay Fiechter (football), Andrew Mansaray (football), and Ryan Barnett (soccer). Baseball’s Jake Hartley made the second team; men’s swimming sophomore Daniel Chan made the third team.

The total of eight honorees is two shy of UIndy’s record of 10 last season. Conference academic awards recognized 216 individual Greyhounds, including 186 GLVC student-athletes and 22 swimmers in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Eight wrestlers earned recognition from the D-II Wrestling Coaches Association. Seven UIndy teams earned the GLVC Team Academic Award for grade point average. The Hounds were led by women’s soccer (3.60 GPA) and women’s golf (3.54). Other honorees were women’s basketball (3.40), men’s soccer (3.39), women’s cross country (3.39), women’s tennis (3.39), and softball (3.30).