June 29, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Senior diver Christina Loukas and senior golfer Jorge Campillo have been named the Indiana University Female and Male Athletes of the Year for 2008-09, the Department of Athletics announced today.
"We are excited to honor Christina and Jorge for their outstanding accomplishments," said Vice President/Director of Athletics Fred Glass. "They are a shining example of what it means to be a true student-athlete and are reflective of the quality individuals who have proudly worn the Cream and Crimson for many years."
Loukas, a native of Riverwoods, Ill., was the 2009 NCAA Champion on the three-meter springboard where she set an NCAA record in the event with a score of 437.75. She finished second in the one-meter competition and 11th on the platform giving her a total of 11 All-America honors in her career. For her efforts she was named NCAA Diver of the Year. This past month, she was named a first-team Academic All-American by CoSIDA. Loukas recently earned her degree in Exercise Science while maintaining a 3.5+ GPA
Loukas also led the Hoosiers to the Big Ten title winning the three-meter event and finishing second on the one-meter. She was named Big Ten Diver of the Year and Big Ten Diver of the Championships. A record 11-time Big Ten Diver of the Week during her career, she took home the national title on the one-meter springboard at the 2009 Speedo USA Diving Spring Nationals in April and also won the national title on the three-meter synchronized springboard with partner Amanda Miller.
She earned a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team by finishing first on the three-meter springboard at the Olympic Trials a year ago and placed ninth at the Olympics with 315.70 points. She will represent the U.S. on the one-meter and three-meter at the 2009 FINA World Championships in July.
"It is a great way for her to close out her career here at Indiana University," said IU Diving and Assistant US Olympic Coach Jeff Huber. "She came to IU as a relatively unknown diver and finished as NCAA champion and record holder. Besides being a great athlete she is a great student and person and it has been a pleasure to work with her these past five years and watch her develop. I look forward to working with her and help her reach her Olympic goals."
Campillo was one of 10 collegiate golfers recognized this past week by Golfweek Magazine. The Caceres, Spain native was also one of three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award, given to the top men's college golfer in the country, taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period.
Campillo was named the Big Ten Player of the Year for the second time in 2009. He had three wins this collegiate season - Wolf Run Intercollegiate, Windon Memorial and adidas Hoosier Invitational. Campillo posted three other top five showings and only placed outside of the top 10 three times in 12 events. He also guided Indiana to the team title at the first annual Big Ten Match Play Championships with a flawless 3-0 individual match record and continued to excel in the match play format by individually going 2-0-1 en route to the Hoosiers run to the finals at the Collegiate Match Play Championship. He finished third at the College All-America Golf Classic, a tournament which included just All-American from the season before and shared second place at one of the nation's elite events, the Isleworth UCF Collegiate. He was named nine times as the Big Ten Golfer of the Week award, tying him with former Hoosier and current PGA Tour member, Jeff Overton, for the most weekly accolades in Big Ten history
He recently played in his third Palmer Cup, leading Team Europe to a victory over Team USA in the event. A business major, he will return this fall to campus to complete his degree requirements and is currently playing overseas this summer.
"This is an honor that I know Jorge really wanted to win" said IU head men's golf coach Mike Mayer. "With all the awards and honors that he has received I know that this one will hold a special place in his heart. If you look up the definition of "Hoosier" in the dictionary you might just find a picture of Jorge Campillo. He has done so much for our golf program over the past four years and he will continue to be an ambassador for Indiana University as he travels the country playing golf at venues around the globe throughout his professional career."