Spring 2019: Sports Highlights
The Greyhounds impressed in the classroom, with UIndy’s 600+ student-athletes combining for a 3.24 GPA. A league-high 306 Hounds earned Academic All-GLVC accolades (3.3 GPA or higher), including 19 who maintained a perfect 4.0 throughout the 2017-18 year. UIndy also brought home five GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year awards and five Academic All-America honors, while senior women’s golfer Annika Haynes ’18, ’19 (MBA) earned her sport’s NCAA Elite 90 Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA competing at each of the NCAA’s 90 championships.
SWIMMING & DIVING
The swimming & diving teams are off to a stellar start to the 2018-19 season, both in the pool and on the boards. The teams are ranked in the top five in Division II by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America, with the women at No. 4 and the men securing their first-ever No. 1 ranking.
The fall warmed up quickly with the men defeating four-time-defending-national-champion Queens University in an early-season duel, and it remained hot with a number of school records and NCAA time standards coming at the annual House of Champions meet in November. Meanwhile, the UIndy divers rewrote nearly the entire record book before the calendar turned to 2019.
The Greyhounds competed for GLVC titles Feb. 6-9 in Crawfordsville. The NCAA Division II Championships take place at the IU Natatorium in downtown Indianapolis March 13-16.
The football team concluded another successful season in 2018, racking up 10 wins, a Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) title and an NCAA Division II postseason berth. The Greyhounds won 10 consecutive games, including a first-round playoff game versus No. 19 Fort Hays State, 38-27, at Key Stadium on Nov. 17.
The Hounds’ senior class finished with a combined record of 37-10 over the last four years, good for the second-highest win total over any four-year span in program history.
Sophomore running back Al McKeller ’21 (criminal justice) was voted the GLVC Offensive Player of the Year after leading the league in rushing yards (1,300) and rushing touchdowns (12). Fellow-backfield-mate Toriano Clinton ’22 (sport management) was dubbed GLVC Freshman of the Year after setting the school record for rushing yards per attempt (8.3) and leading the nation in kickoff return average (37.9).
In addition, a total of 20 Greyhounds garnered All-GLVC accolades, including 11 on the first team. Clay Hadley ’21 (business administration and management) (OL), Malik Higgins ’19 (sport management) (WR), McKeller (RB), Lucas Rice ’19 (business administration and management) (DL), Jacob Schmatz ’20 (business administration and management) (DL) and Cole Sigmund ’19 (operations and supply chain management) (LB) each picked up their second All-GLVC First Team recognition.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
The women’s cross country team capped off one of its most successful seasons in recent memory, highlighted by the team’s first GLVC championship since 1992.
Seniors Mickayla Wenzel ’19 (psychology) and Briana Leonard ’19 (physical therapy), along with sophomore Lauren Bailey ’21 (public health education and promotion), earned All-GLVC recognition for their respective top-15 finishes at the event, held in Louisville. Meanwhile, Head Coach Brad Robinson was named the GLVC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Two weeks later at the NCAA Midwest Regional race in Hillsdale, MI, the Greyhounds finished seventh for their best finish since 2015. Wenzel and Bailey were each dubbed all-region for placing 12th and 17th, respectively.
Bolstered by the return of point guard Jimmy King ’19 (biology), the men’s basketball team achieved its best start since 2014-15. The season kicked off with an exhibition win at Division I Valparaiso and followed with region wins versus the likes of Grand Valley State and Lake Superior State.
The Greyhounds women’s basketball team also racked up some all-important region wins in the early going, earning a two-point victory at Hillsdale to open the season and later hanging 90 points on an overmatched Tiffin team.
Both teams hosted Bellarmine University on Saturday, Feb. 9, for the annual “Pack the House” night.
The GLVC Championship Tournament is scheduled for March 7-10 in Edwardsville, IL, on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Jordan Loyd ’16 (environmental sustainability) became the first Greyhound men’s basketball player to sign a contract with an NBA organization when he inked a two-way deal with the Toronto Raptors in August 2018. Since the beginning of the 2018-19 NBA season, Loyd has averaged 5.5 minutes of action in four contests, scoring 3.0 points and grabbing 1.8 rebounds per game. As of publication, Loyd is just one of four players to average at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in NBA G-League action.
Men’s basketball head coach Stan Gouard marked a milestone coaching win February 2, 2019, with a victory over Illinois Springfield. He becomes just the second men’s basketball coach to reach 200 wins at UIndy, as he trails only Angus Nicoson (483 wins) on the program’s all-time list.
Jesse Kempson ’19 (finance) surpassed 1,000 career points at Drury University on January 10, 2019, to become the 41st Greyhound in program history to reach the milestone. The Indianapolis native is just 21 rebounds from 500 career boards, which would make him the 16th UIndy men’s basketball player ever to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
The men’s swimming & diving team captured the 2019 GLVC title in February. With the championship meet taking place in nearby Crawfordsville, Ind., the Greyhounds held off Missouri S&T by 32.5 points to win its second straight league crown. Meanwhile, the women took runner-up honors, trailing only Drury in the final team standings.
The Hounds garnered three major awards at the conclusion of the meet, with senior Rodrigo Codo Berti ’19 earning GLVC Men’s Swimmer of the Year honors, junior Payton Staman ’20 garnering GLVC Men’s Diver of Year and sophomore Cassie Kury ’21 picking up GLVC Women’s Diver of the Year accolades.