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USA Diving Winter National Championships at the IU Natatorium, Dec. 15-20, 2015

November 18, 2015 Leave a comment
IU Natatorium at IUPUI

IU Natatorium at IUPUI.
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By Jane Jankowski
Indiana Sports Corp.

More than 150 divers, including Hoosier and Olympic diving champion David Boudia, have registered to compete at the USA Diving Winter National Championships Dec. 15-20, 2015, at the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis, Indiana.

All-session and single-session tickets are now available and may be purchased through Tickmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Adult all-session tickets are $40, and single-session tickets are $10.

Boudia, from Noblesville and Purdue University, is an 11-time U.S. National Team member who was the 2012 U.S. Olympic team gold medalist in the men’s 10-meter platform event. He is expected to team with fellow Hoosier and Purdue diver Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind.) in the men’s synchronized 10-meter event.

Other Olympians who are scheduled to compete in the meet are:

Troy Dumais, four-time Olympian who has been on the U.S. National Team since 1996
Kristian Ipsen, 2012 bronze medalist in the men’s synchro 3-meter springboard
Abby Johnston, 2012 Olympic silver medalist in synchronized 3-meter springboard
Ariel Rittenhouse, 2008 Olympian and seven-time member of the U.S. National Team
Mary Beth Dunnichay, Elwood resident and Purdue University diver who was the youngest U.S. Olympian in 2008

A number of other divers have Indiana ties, including Amy Cozad, Indianapolis/Indiana University, who finished sixth in the women’s 10-meter event at the 2015 World Championships; Michael Hixon, Indiana University, who won two NCAA diving events in 2014; Jessica Parratto, Indiana University diver and 2015 NCAA champion on platform; Darian Schmidt, a Bloomington native and Indiana University graduate who is a three-time national team member.

The USA Diving Winter National Championships meet also doubles as the U.S. selection trials for the 2016 FINA World Cup, which is the final opportunity for countries to earn their qualifying spots into the 2016 Olympic Games. It also will be the final tune-up for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving that will also be conducted at the IU Natatorium from June 18-26.

Divers will compete in the men’s and women’s 3-meter springboard, 10-meter platform, synchronized 3-meter springboard and synchronized 10-meter platform over the six days of competition.

For the complete Winter Nationals schedule, go to:

http://www.usadiving.org/events/main-events/usa-diving-winter-national-championships/

To purchase tickets, go to:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/2015-Winter-National-Diving-Championships-All-tickets/artist/2174664?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name

Things to do in Indianapolis, Aug. 11-17, 2014

August 10, 2014 Leave a comment
Madison Ribberfest

Madison Ribberfest, Aug. 15-16.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. THU-SUN: Gen Con Gaming Convention at the Indiana Convention Center
  2. MON-SUN: 158th Indiana State Fair at the State Fairgrounds
  3. THU-SUN: 10th Annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival in Indianapolis
  4. SUN: 5th Annual Dig In, A Taste of Indiana at White River State Park
  5. WED-SUN: LPGA Legends Championship at the French Lick Resort
  6. FRI-SAT: 10th Annual SausageFest at St. Thomas Aquinas Church
  7. THU-SAT: ‘City of Forking Paths’ at the Indiana Convention Center
  8. SAT: Miranda Lambert in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  9. FRI-SUN: Elwood Glass Festival in Madison County
  10. FRI-SAT: Madison Ribberfest BBQ and Blues in Jefferson County
  11. MON-WED: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  12. THU-SUN: Greensburg ‘Power of the Past’ at the Decatur County Fairgrounds
  13. SAT: 6th Annual WAMMfest at Craig Park in Greenwood
  14. THU, SAT: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. FRI-SAT: Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

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LPGA Legends Championship at French Lick, Aug. 15-17

August 5, 2014 Leave a comment
Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort

Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Kevin Frisch
On behalf of the Legends Championship
http://thelegendstour.com/

The Legends Championship benefitting Riley Children’s Foundation will return to the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort this month in French Lick, Indiana. The 2nd annual event will feature the largest purse on The Legends Tour at $500,000, with a field of 60 players competing for the championship title, August 15-17, 2014.

The 2013 tournament was held in late September, but will move to a new date on the calendar this year. Rain and cold temperatures made last year’s event a real test of endurance.

Defending champion Lorie Kane of Canada will return to Indiana hoping to retain her title and already gives the new tournament date a thumbs-up of approval.

“I’m looking forward to playing the course earlier in the summer, compared to last year,” said Kane, who edged Floridian Laurie Rinker on the final hole in last year’s soggy championship. “Being the inaugural winner was a thrill.”

The championship will be contested over 54 holes, with six players competing in a Super Legends division (36 holes, Saturday & Sunday only) for ages 63 and over. LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famers Pat Bradley, Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner, Sandra Haynie, Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan and Hollis Stacy, along with Legends Tour Hall of Fame member Jan Stephenson, will be in the tournament field.

In addition, one player will earn a spot into the field through a qualifying tournament, set for Wednesday on the tournament course at 8:00 AM. Eight aspiring Legends are expected to compete, including Yumiko Takeuchi of Japan who also attempted to qualify in 2013.

Tickets are $10 each day at the gate or $25 for the week for a three-day pass. Kids under 18, as well as military personnel with an ID, get in free. College golf teams also will be admitted at no charge.

Competition will begin Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 AM, with gates opening at 7:30 a.m. Prior to the competitive rounds, a pro-am tournament will be held Thursday at 10:00 AM. Admission to the pro-am is free.

Proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation in support of the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. As one of the country’s top children’s hospitals, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health strives to provide the most advanced care and premier pediatric research in the nation.

Here is the tournament field for the 2014 Legends Championship:

Dina Ammaccapane
Donna Andrews
Lori Atsedes
Susie Berning *
Jane Blalock *
Pat Bradley
Donna Caponi *
JoAnne Carner
Dawn Coe-Jones
Jane Crafter
Elaine Crosby
Alicia Dibos
Judy Dickinson *
Wendy Doolan
Dana Dormann
Heather Drew
Michelle Estill
Cindy Figg-Currier
Allison Finney
Amy Fruwirth
Jackie Gallagher-Smith
Lisa Grimes
Shelley Hamlin
Sandra Haynie *
Becky Iverson
Christa Johnson
Trish Johnson
Cathy Johnston-Forbes
Rosie Jones
Lorie Kane
Jenny Lidback
Sally Little
Nancy Lopez
Marilyn Lovander
Cindy Miller
Barb Moxness
Barb Mucha
Martha Nause
Lisolette Neumann
Anne Marie Palli
Sandra Palmer *
Joan Pitcock
Cindy Rarick
Michelle Redman
Laurie Rinker
Cindy Schreyer
Nancy Scranton
Laura Shanahan Rowe
Patty Sheehan
Val Skinner
Hollis Stacy
Sherri Steinhauer
Jan Stephenson
Kris Tschetter
Sherri Turner
Lori West
Kathryn Young Robyn

* Super Legends Division Player

For more information about The Legends Championship or The Legends Tour, please visit www.thelegendstour.com. For information about French Lick Resort, visit http://frenchlick.com/, or call 812-936-9300.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Fusion Media Strategies.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Aug. 4-10, 2014

August 3, 2014 Leave a comment
Indiana State Fair Aerial View

Indiana State Fair as viewed from the top of the giant ferris wheel.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. FRI-SUN: Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  2. THU-SAT: Drum Corps International World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium
  3. MON-SUN: 158th Indiana State Fair at the State Fairgrounds
  4. SUN: Chicago and REO Speedwagon in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  5. MON-TUE, SAT-SUN: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  6. TUE: The Longest Dinner at the IndyFringe Theatre
  7. FRI: Pitbull in Concert at the State Fair Coliseum
  8. FRI-SAT: 7th Annual Motorcycles on Meridian in Downtown Indianapolis
  9. SAT-SUN: ‘Cole!’ by Dance Kaleidoscope at The Center for the Performing Arts
  10. TUE, FRI: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  11. SAT: Lobsterpalooza at the Basile Opera Center
  12. TUE: Community Tuesday at White River State Park
  13. WED: Indy Eleven Pro Soccer at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI
  14. MON-TUE, THU-SUN: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  15. THU-SAT: ‘The Black Knight Archive’ at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art

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August 2014 Events in Downtown Indianapolis

July 30, 2014 Leave a comment
Indiana Convention Center

Gen Con Gaming Convention at the Indiana Convention Center, Aug. 14-17.
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By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
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A number of large-scale, one-of-a-kind events will take place Downtown next month – making August an exciting time to be Downtown! Gen Con returns to the Indiana Convention Center, the Red Bull Indianapolis GP takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Motorcycles take over Monument Circle, Meridian Street and Georgia Street for Motorcycles on Meridian plus many exciting festivals.

Bring on the drums

The Drum Corps International World Championships Aug. 7 – 9 will bring about 30,000 visitors to Downtown Indy. The Finals takes place Aug. 9 at Lucas Oil Stadium, marking the sixth straight year that the Championships have been held at this venue. Before the Finals, head to Georgia Street from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the DrumLine Battle. Drum lines will face off, each group putting together a 90 – 120 second performance.

Rev your (motorcycle) engines

Motorcycles will take center stage with the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Aug. 8 – 10 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Practices begin Friday, Aug. 8 with qualifications taking place Saturday, Aug. 9 and race day Sunday, Aug. 10. The FREE Kids Zone will be running all weekend with music, dancing, games and prizes. Don’t miss the Pit Lane Walk Aug. 9. MotoGP enthusiasts can view the motorcycles up close. Estimated attendance: 100,000.

The IMS is offering a special ticket package to our partners with more than $25 in savings that includes:

  • Sunday reserved seat
  • Discounted motorcycle parade lap
  • Free official IMS souvenir(s)
  • $5 retail coupon on IMS merchandise

Redeem this offer: http://info.ims.com/IDI

As a part of the festive weekend, Motorcycles on Meridian will take over Monument Circle, South Meridian Street and Georgia Street Aug. 8 & 9. Bikes and more bikes will be on site, from stylish Harleys and Ducatis to sport bikes to motor scooters. Everyone is welcome to experience this event, whether or not you have a motorcycle to bring. Estimated attendance: 10,000 each night.

The gamers are coming

Gen Con, the longest-running and highest-attended gaming convention in the world, returns to the Indiana Convention Center Aug. 14 – 17.  The convention includes tournaments, guest appearances, exhibit hall booths, games, workshops, seminars, art shows, auctions and costumes, of course!  Estimated attendance: 49,000.

10 years of IndyFringe Fest

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, IndyFringe Festival begins Aug. 14 and continues for 11 days at various Mass Ave theatres. With eight different venues, 64 performing groups and 384 performances, this festival is a cultural catalyst for the Indy arts community. All shows are 45 – 60 minutes and adult tickets are $15 each. Don’t miss the pre-festival events throughout Downtown, including the premiere of Fringe Factor on July 31 at the IMAX Theater. To encourage street performance/busking throughout Downtown, IDI has partnered with IndyFringe and the Arts Council of Indianapolis to launch a Downtown Buskers Campaign through the end of August.

Last chance for summer festivals

One of Indy’s most exciting sporting events, the Mass Ave Criterium & Cycling Festival, takes place Aug. 2. The course is a challenging, triangular, 2/3 mile course through the Mass Ave district. Non-cyclists can enjoy the beer garden and live entertainment.

Don’t miss Dig IN – A Taste of Indiana Aug. 17 at White River State Park, where you can sample locally-produced food and drink prepared by world-class chefs. Dozens of Indiana chefs, brewers, vintners and food artisans will gather in the park to celebrate Indiana agriculture. This year, Dig-IN is offering even more chefs, an increased focus on the farmer and three ticket levels.

Festiv-Ale brings together beer enthusiasts at Victory Field Aug. 23. The festival features more than 100 wines and more than 100 micro-breweries, as well as other beverages including martinis, margaritas and wine. Guests can also sample food from local restaurants and enjoy live music.

Indianapolis Labor Fest is a FREE street festival on three blocks of Georgia Street on Aug. 30 featuring live music (including Cousin Eddie, Zanna Doo and Flatbed Twitch), food and beverages and a kids zone.

Other festivals: India Day on Monument Circle Aug. 17.

For more information, visit http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.