Local Sports Headlines: July 5, 2022

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Indiana University Men’s Basketball announces 2022 non-conference schedule
Indiana University Men’s Basketball , currently ranked 14th in ESPN’s Way Too Early Top 25, will face four potentially ranked opponents in the non-conference season for the first time since 2016, including three games away from Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.  

The first of those matchups for the Hoosiers will come in the third game of the season when it travels to Cincinnati to face Xavier on Friday, November 18th as part of the Gavitt Games.  Xavier was rated 25th in ESPN’s initial poll as the teams last met in 2007 with IU holding a 4-1 series edge. IU will then host 2022 national runner up and No. 1 North Carolina on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. IU won the previous two meetings at home in 2012 and 2016 but lost to the Tar Heels in the East Regional semifinals of the 2016 NCAA Tournament in Philadelphia.
The Hoosiers will face No. 18 Arizona for the first time on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. IU will also travel to defending national champion and No. 10 Kansas where they will take on the Jayhawks for the first time since beating them in overtime in the 2016 Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu. The Hoosiers hold an 8-6 advantage in the series and last played in Lawrence in 1993. IU defeated KU in the 1940 and 1953 NCAA Championships. The regular season will open on Monday, November 7th when the Hoosiers host OVC Tournament finalist Morehead State, who will visit Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the sixth time and first since 2015. Another home game will be on Thursday, November 10th against Bethune Cookman, who is coached by a former NBA teammate of Woodson’s, Reggie Theus.
IU will once again host the Hoosier Classic. For the 48th-straight season the Hoosiers will play a game in Indianapolis when it takes on Miami (OH) on November 20th in tournament opener in Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Hoosiers will host Little Rock on Wednesday November 23rd and Jackson State, who is under the direction of first-year head coach and former NBA All-Star and 2016 NBA Champion Mo Williams, on Friday, November 25th.  IU will close out non-conference play at home on Tuesday, December 20th against Elon and on Friday, December 23rd versus Kennesaw State. The Cream and Crimson will host two exhibition games to start the season. The Hoosiers will face Marian on Saturday, October 29th and St. Francis (Ind.) on Thursday, November 3rd. The Big Ten schedule, tip times and television designations will be made at a later date.

Indiana University’s Grayson Radcliffe & Cooper Williams earn Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships
Grayson Radcliffe (softball) and Cooper Williams (cross country/track and field) are Big Ten postgraduate scholarship recipients for Indiana University. Two student-athletes from each of the 14 Big Ten institutions who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program were each awarded a $7,500 scholarship, based primarily on academic achievements.
Radcliffe has earned an undergraduate degree from Indiana in Sports Marketing and Management. She will be finishing her Master’s in Kinesiology in the fall of 2022. Radcliffe is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Honoree. Radcliffe spent a semester with the IU Excellence Academy team, interning under the Leadership and Life Skills and Career Development staff to support the student athlete development department goals. In this internship she spent time developing and creating the Women Impacting Others program, which focuses on women’s leadership and championship mindset. Through the development and execution of this program, Grayson added another permanent student group to our department.
Cooper Williams graduated in the spring of 2021 with a degree in psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree. He has earned multiple All-Academic Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors from his work in the classroom. He has also garnered multiple USTFCCCA All-Academic awards in his time with the Hoosiers.  On the track, Williams has captured three Big Ten titles and was part of the 2017 and 2020 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field championship squads. He is an All-American in the 800m and with the distance medley team. 
Each Big Ten institution developed its own on-campus selection process when awarding the scholarship. Students must have maintained at least a 3.2 grade-point-average, demonstrated leadership qualities, served as an excellent role model and intended to continue their academic work beyond their baccalaureate degree at a graduate degree program. The scholarship will be used to pay expenses of the student’s postgraduate education to include such related activities as research and teaching, as well as other expenses such as tuition, fees, room and board, required course-related supplies and books. In order to retain the scholarship, the recipient must be accepted into a full-time graduate degree program within three years from the fall semester after selection. 

Indiana University Men’s Golf names Tyler Schmutz Assistant Coach
Indiana men’s golf head coach Mike Mayer has hired assistant coach Tyler Schmutz who joins the Indiana program after spending the 2021-22 season with the Maryland Terrapins. The Terps finished third at the Big Ten Championships, just two strokes out of the title spot.

Prior to his stint with Maryland, Schmutz served as the head coach of the Wabash Little Giants for two seasons. During his time in Crawfordsville the squad broke the team scoring average record in 2019-20, broke the single-round team scoring record in 2021, finished fourth in the North Coast Athletic Conference in 2021 (best finish for a Wabash team since 2009), and had two players named to All-Conference honors.

Before Wabash, Schmutz was the Assistant Coach at Regis University (Division II) in Denver from 2017-19. In that position, he organized and conducted practices, worked with individual players, and oversaw the team’s strength and conditioning program, among other duties. Prior to working at Regis, he was the Director of Client Management for GSE Worldwide, where he managed logistics for players on the PGA and Korn Ferry tours. Schmutz graduated from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama in 2014. He earned a Master of Science degree in organizational leadership from Regis in May 2019. In 2013, he earned Cleveland Golf Srixon Scholar All-America honors and attended Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. prior to attending Huntingdon, where he was a PING All-Central Region selection.

IU Swimming & Diving has great showing at 2022 FINA World Championships in Hungary
Senior Kristen Hayden’s seventh-place finish in women synchronized 3-meter diving on Sunday concluded Indiana swimming and diving’s performances at the 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. In all, 13 athletes and two coaches with ties to the Indiana swimming and diving program totaled four medals, three of them gold. The athletes also put together 25 top-15 finishes between diving, open water swimming and pool swimming.
Former IU swimmer Lilly King won three gold medals during the competition. With a victory in the 200-meter breaststroke race, King became the first American swimmer to win a career of gold medals in the 50, 100 and 200-meter events of one stroke at the long course world championships. Last Friday, coming out of his freshman season, Carson Tyler nabbed a bronze medal in mixed synchronized platform diving with USA Diving teammate Delaney Schnell. It was a great final weekend for IU divers, as Kristen Hayden capped the meet with an 13th-place showing Last Friday in women’s 3-meter diving before her seventh-place performance on Sunday. Hayden also finished eighth in mixed synchronized 3-meter diving last week with IU teammate Quinn Henninger.
The meet opened strong for the Hoosiers as freshman Ching Hwee Gan and former IU swimmer Mohamed Samy each broke national records on the first day of pool swimming competition. Gan’s 16:32.43 set Singapore’s standard in the 1500-meter freestyle and placed 14th in the competition, while Samy went 54.67 in the 100-meter backstroke to set the new mark for Egypt and finish 20th.
Freshman Mariah Denigan represented the Hoosiers in open water swimming. Denigan helped Team USA to a seventh-place finish in the mixed 4×1500-meter swim, then, later in the week, earned an individual 15th-place finish in the women’s 10-kilometer race.

Mariah Denigan-United States Mixed 4x1500m – 1:05:50.50 (7), 10km – 2:02:54.10 (15)  
Marwan Elkamash-Egypt 1500m Freestyle – 15:10.80 (15), 800m Freestyle – 7:52.08 (13), 200m Freestyle – 1:48.48 (28)
400m Freestyle – 3:47.21 (13), 4×100 Freestyle Relay – 3:19.46 (15)  
Youssef Elkamash-Egypt 50m Breaststroke – 27.92 (23), 100m Breaststroke – 1:02.04 (31)
Tomer Frankel-Israel   Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay – 3:30.24 (12), 100m Butterfly – 51.83 (16), Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay – 3:48.39 (10), 100m Freestyle Relay – 49.34 (30), 4x100m Freestyle Relay – 3:15.35 (9)
Ching Hwee Gan-Singapore   1500m Freestyle – 16:32.43 (14), 400m Freestyle – 4:15.19 (23)
Kristen Hayden-United States   3m Synchronized – 273.90 (7), 3m – 270.30 (13), Mixed 3m Synchronized – 271.86 (8)
Quinn Henninger-United States 3m Synchronized – 299.43 (15), Mixed 3m Synchronized – 271.86 (8)
Lilly King-United States   4 x100m Medley Relay – 3:53.78 (1), 50m Breaststroke – 30.40 (7), 200m Breaststroke – 2:22.41 (1)
Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay – 3:43.16 (1), 100m Breaststroke – 1:06.07 (4)
Vini Lanza-Brazil   100m Butterfly – 52.78 (25), 200m IM – 2:01.84 (23), 50m Butterfly – 24.26 (41)
Annie LazorUnited States 50m Breaststroke – 30.89 (13), 100m Breaststroke – DQ
Rafael Miroslaw-Germany 4×100 Medley Relay – 3:32.63 (6), 100m Freestyle – 48.65 (19), Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay – 3:46.64 (8), 200m Freestyle – 1:48.28 (26)
Mohamed Samy-Egypt   100m Backstroke – 54.67 (20), 4x100m Freestyle – 3:19.46 (15)
Carson Tyler-United States 3m – 346.75 (31), Mixed 10m Synchronized – 315.90 (3)

Indianapolis Indians Coverage

Indians Drop Three in a Row at Nashville

The Indianapolis Indians Lost to the Nashville Sounds 13-4 Last Friday, 10-8 Saturday and 7-4 Sunday to close out the six-game series as the Indians lost four out of six to the Sounds. Indianapolis won 4-3 last Thursday. Indianapolis is 37-39 on the season and Nashville improved to 47-30. The Indians are hosting the Iowa Cubs this week at Victory Field.

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Monday that the rehab assignment of Cathedral High School graduate Dillon Peters has been transferred from Double-A Altoona to Indianapolis and will be the 12th big leaguer to rehab with the Indians this season.

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