Just as it did in the spring semester of 2019-20, the COVID-19 pandemic adversely affected the athletics calendar in the fall term. All of the Greyhound team sports this fall were bumped to the spring, including football, soccer and volleyball. However, cross country, tennis and golf— all considered low-risk sports— were allowed to compete, in spite of the cancelation of the NCAA cross country regionals and nationals as well as the tennis ITA nationals. The basketball and swimming and diving seasons also got underway in the fall, complete with an array of COVID-related safety guidelines.
Behind the historic effort of Lauren Bailey, the UIndy cross country team made the most of the limited competition. Bailey was twice named National Runner of the Week by the Division II coaches before going on to become the first Greyhound since 1988 to capture the GLVC individual crown. Her 6K time of 20:23.48 at the conference meet broke both the school and league records.
Meanwhile, four other Greyhounds earned All-GLVC accolades. Junior Melissa Spencer joined Bailey on the women’s all-conference list, placing 13th among the league’s fastest distance runners. On the men’s side, a trio of Hounds placed in the top-15, including Chris Switzer, Nathan Herbst and Will Reid, who placed fifth, 10th and 15th, respectively.
The UIndy tennis teams also tasted success in limited action, capturing three of four draws at the ITA Midwest Regional, held at nearby Center Grove High School in September. Junior Nikol Alekseeva won her second straight Midwest singles title as well as another doubles championship at the fall regional. She paired with Anna Novikova to secure the latter, good for the duo’s second doubles crown in the past three years.
Agustin Gascia and Renato Lima highlighted the men’s efforts, capturing the Midwest doubles title. Lima nearly pulled off the singles win as well, falling 6-4, 6-4 in the final.
Led by UIndy alum Brent Nicoson ‘94, the Greyhound golf teams combined for an impressive six team titles in seven total tournaments. Reigning DII Player of the Year Pilar Echeverria secured two individual wins in the fall, as did senior Oliver Mast. Additionally, newcomer Keegan Bronnenberg tied the men’s program record with an 11-under 205 at the 54-hole Brickyard Invitational in October.
Led by first-year head coach and UIndy alum Paul Corsaro ‘12, the men’s basketball squad realized an early-season highlight on January 14 when the team took down in-state rival Southern Indiana in Nicoson Hall, 62-61. The comeback victory came against Corsaro’s former mentor Stan Gouard, who left this past offseason to coach his alma mater after manning the UIndy bench for 12 years.
The women’s basketball team also found early success with a three-game winning streak over the holiday break, besting conference-rivals Quincy, Southern Indiana and Southwest Baptist in succession.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Meanwhile, UIndy swimming and diving entered the spring semester with a number of student-athletes well positioned for the upcoming conference and nationals championships. The list includes junior Gabriel Knaut, who broke the school record in the 50 free in November, becoming the first Greyhound ever to post a sub-20-second time in the event.