On this blog, our focus throughout the year has primarily been on four sports: men's basketball, football, baseball, and men's soccer. However, Indiana University proudly advertises that the university has 24 varsity teams. Thus, I'd like to take a moment to describe how the other 20 or so Hoosier non-revenue sports teams performed throughout the season. Although the Hoosiers lost to Purdue in this year's edition of the Crimson and Gold Cup, IU teams did have some great successes throughout the past academic year, so let's take a glance at them here. I should also mention that IU athletes are having success off the field as well, since 15 of the 24 teams received perfect scores on Academic Progress Ratings during the 2012-13 school year. All information below comes courtesy of the IU athletics website.
In his second year on the job, IU coach Curt Miller led the team to the Elite 8 of the WNIT tournament, where they lost at South Dakota State. The Hoosiers got out to a hot start and a top-25 ranking, but struggled a bit through conference play before rebounding in the postseason. The team has much to look forward to as well, with some heralded recruits coming in next year, including Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill. We covered the team on the site during their WNIT run.
For the first time in nine years, both the men's and women's teams qualified for the NCAA championships in nearby Terre Haute. The men placed eighth nationally, while the women came in 26th. The eighth-place team result marked the third top-10 finish in four years for the men, who were led by Evan Esselink and his 45th-place time of 30:51. The men's team won the Big Ten cross-country championships, and the women placed 6th in the conference.
The Hoosier field hockey team finished 9-10 overall and 1-5 in the conference. They were defeated in the B1G tournament by Michigan State, who would go on to win the Big Ten tourney.
The men's team finished in eighth place at the Big 10 championships, while junior Nicholas Grubnich finished tied for seventh individually with a +11 score for the four-day tournament at French Lick. While the women's golf team finished in 12th at the B1G tournament, one Hoosier golfer, junior Elizabeth Tong, qualified for and competed in the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst this past weekend.
The IU women's rowing team had a strong season, as they qualified for their first-ever NCAA tournament berth. Out of 22 teams at the national championship, the Hoosiers finished in 11th place, while Ohio State won their second straight NCAA title. Fun fact: the IU rowing team trains and races at Riddle Point Park on Lake Lemon, just east of Bloomington.
The Hoosiers had a successful season, finishing 15-7-1, including a 10-1 record at home and a 6-5 Big Ten record. The team received an at-large NCAA tournament bid, and advanced to the second round of the tournament, where they fell 4-0 to North Carolina.
The IU softball team finished 17-39-1 with a 5-18 conference record. On the bright side, senior Breanna Saucedo completed her IU career by being named to the All-Big Ten second team at the position.
Swimming and Diving
On the women's side, IU had a national champion, as sophomore Brooklynn Snodgrass won the 200-meter backstroke, en route to becoming Big Ten women's swimmer of the year. The Hoosier women placed 12th overall at the NCAA National Championships. The men's swim and dive team also competed at Nationals, finishing 10th in the competition. At nationals, seniors Cody Miller and Eric Ress finished second in the 200-meter breaststroke and 200-meter backstroke, respectively. In addition, IU senior Darien Schmidt won Big Ten Diver of the Year for the second straight year. Both the men's and women's teams came in 2nd in this year's B1G championships.
The men's tennis team went 16-17 and finished 3-8 in the conference, while the women went 19-9 and had a 6-5 conference record. Both teams finished in the quarterfinals of the B1G tournament.
Track and Field
While the men's and women's teams finished 8th and 9th respectively at B1G championships, the track and field teams had a number of individual successes. Junior Rorey Hunter won the Big Ten championship in the men's 1500-meter race with a time of 3:44, and followed this up with a ninth-place finish in the event at NCAA outdoor nationals. Hunter was also on a distance medley team that placed third at NCAA indoor championships in March. Two pole vaulters on the women's team also had stellar performances at the NCAA championships. Senior Kelsie Ahbe came in second place nationally with a vault of 4.4 meters, while sophomore Sydney Clute finished eighth at 4.15 meters. Senior Kyla Buckley won second-team All-America honors in the shot put during both the indoor and outdoor season.
The Hoosiers had a tough season, finishing 9-22 overall, but did notch a nice road win against a Michigan State team ranked in the top 10. Fun fact: Volleyball head coach Sherri Dunbar is married to Bloomington mayor Mark Kruzan.
With traditional wrestling powerhouses such as Iowa, Minnesota, and Penn State, the Big Ten is always one of the toughest conferences in the sport. While the Hoosiers finished 10th at the B1G championships, senior Adam Chalfant had a great season, placing sixth overall nationally in the heavyweight division and finishing with All-American honors.