March 14, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On a weekly basis, IUHOOSIERS.com will recognize the top performances in Hoosier Athletics by selecting an IU Athlete of the Week. For the week ending March 11, indoor track and field All-American David Neville garnered the honor for his record-setting performance at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Neville, the current Big Ten champion in the 400m, shattered his personal best and the school record in the 400m with an astounding time of 45.58 to take second place and advance to the finals in the event. The Merrillville, Ind., product's performance made him the second fastest athlete to run the 400m this season only behind LSU's Xavier Carter, who took first in the prelims and the finals with a time of 45.53. Neville's time of 45.58 bested the 22-year old school mark of 46.14 set by Sunder Nix at the 1984 Big Ten Championships.
Neville then took runner-up in the event with an impressive time of 45.67, In the 400m finals on March 11.
In the 200m, Neville advanced to the finals with a sixth-best prelim time of 20.97. In the finals of the event, Neville posted an impressive personal-best time of 20.81 en route to a seventh-place finish.
Neville earned the Athlete of the Week honor from a list of deserving nominees. The list of nominees included senior Marco Killingsworth (men's basketball), sophomore Christina Loukas (women's diving), freshman A.J. Miller (men's swimming), junior Kim Richards (softball), sophomore Taylor Roberts (men's diving) and freshman Sarah Stockwell (women's swimming).
Hoosier Honor Roll
Senior Marco Killingsworth (men's basketball):
Killingsworth led the Hoosiers to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Additionally, the Montgomery, Ala., product became the first Hoosier to record multiple double-doubles in the conference tournament.
Sophomore Christina Loukas (women's diving):
Loukas picked up a pair of runner-up finishes at the Zone C Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio, to punch her ticket to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., from March 16-18. She placed second in both the one-meter and platform events, while taking fifth in the three-meter.
Freshman A.J. Miller (men's swimming):
Miller captured a trio of event crowns at the Indiana Senior State Championships in Crawfordsville, Ind. He began the weekend with a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke that moved him into 18th on Indiana's all-time chart in the event. He then snared the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM titles. Earlier in the day, he also recorded the top-qualifying time with a 50.65 that made him the 19th-fastest Hoosier of all time in the event. Miller closed out the weekend with another conquest in the 100-yard butterfly.
Junior Kim Richards (softball):
Richards led the Hoosiers to a 6-0 record at the Florida State Invitational, helping IU claim its first tournament title since 2004. The center fielder helped Indiana down two top-25 opponents in No. 15 Nebraska, 2-1, and No. 25 North Carolina, 1-0, en route to the title. The feat marked the first time Indiana has topped a ranked foe since 1996 (UCLA, 6-2). Individually, Richards registered a .333 average through six games, notched two doubles, two RBI, seven hits and three runs. Richards also posted a .714 slugging percentage coupled with a .333 on base percentage.
Sophomore Taylor Roberts (men's diving):
Roberts grabbed the three-meter title at the Zone C Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio, to garner a spot at the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Ga., from March 23-25. He also took sixth on the one-meter and 13th on the platform.
Freshman Sarah Stockwell (women's swimming):
Stockwell claimed a pair of event titles at the Indiana Senior State Championships in Crawfordsville, Ind. She opened up the weekend by breaking the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke. She surpassed Greer McGettrick's former program standard set in 2004. Stockwell then claimed the 200-yard breaststroke title.