50 girls who made a distinction in Indiana sports activities

Title IX was handed in 1972, opening higher alternatives for women and girls in sports activities. 

The Indiana Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation quickly began providing ladies championships, and now it administers state tournaments in 10 sports activities, with the potential of extra. 

Definitely there are a lot of extra pioneers, however listed below are 50 Indiana girls who’ve made a distinction on the sector, court docket, monitor, course, sideline, boardroom, bicycle, within the pool or on the beam over the previous 50 years. 

Claire Adams 

Adams holds a document with 16 championships on the state meet, eight in particular person occasions and eight in relays. She gained the 100 backstroke 4 occasions from 2013-16 and was a part of the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays that have been nationwide information on the time Carmel set them in 2015. She was a 19-time All-American on the College of Texas. 

Emily Ayers 

She gained 14 particular person/relay state titles as a Carmel swimmer from 1992-95, a document that stood for greater than 20 years. She gained the 50 freestyle and 200 free relay 4 occasions every, in addition to two medley relay, 100 butterfly and 400 free relay gold medals. Ayers swam for USC, which gained the 1997 NCAA nationwide title. 

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Mildred Ball 

Mildred Ball, an IHSAA executive

Ball, a Gary Roosevelt graduate and former East Chicago Washington trainer, was employed by the IHSAA in 1977 to manage the coaching and licensing of sport officers. She went on to manage state tournaments in a number of sports activities earlier than she retired in 1997. Ball was the primary lady inducted into the Indiana Basketball Corridor of Fame. 

Lindsay Benko 

Hoosier native Lindsay Benko competing at Conseco Fieldhouse in 2004.

She gained 11 particular person/relay state titles as an Elkhart Central swimmer from 1990-94, together with 4 every within the 100 and 200 freestyle races. Elkhart Central gained three 400 free relays. Benko gained 5 NCAA championships at USC. She’s a two-time Olympic gold medalist within the 800 free relay (2000 and ’04), and a silver medalist in 400 free relay.

Amy Bilquist 

Amy Bilquist in U.S. Olympic Trials action

She was a part of Carmel’s 400-yard freestyle relay staff that set a nationwide highschool document in 2015 of three:15.38. She additionally held state information within the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, in addition to two different relays, throughout her time with the Greyhounds. She competed for the College of California from 2015-19, profitable Pac-12 and NCAA championships. 

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Tyra Buss  

Tyra Buss caps her IU career with a WNIT championship in 2018

Buss was the face of a resurgent Indiana College girls’s basketball program from 2014-18. She scored a program document 2,364 factors and in addition tops the Hoosiers document ebook with 574 assists and 293 steals. IU made the NCAA Match in 2015 and gained the WNIT in 2018. She is now in teaching. 

Tamika Catchings 

The Indiana Fever’s all-time greatest participant is a Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame member. Her 7,380 profession factors ranked third, and her 3,316 rebounds fourth in WNBA historical past heading into the 2022 season. Her 1,074 steals are by far probably the most in league historical past, and he or she was league defensive participant of the 12 months 5 occasions. Catchings was the 2002 WNBA Rookie of the 12 months, the 2011 Most Invaluable Participant, and he or she led the Fever to the 2012 league championship.

Donna Cheatham 

Donna Cheatham won a state title with the program in 1989 and won another title in 2002 with Southwestern.

Cheatham is the primary Indiana highschool ladies basketball coach to earn 500 victories. She led Scottsburg and Southwestern (Hanover) to state championships. She earned a number of state and nationwide coach of the 12 months honors. 

Lauren Cheney 

Lauren Cheney competing for the United States in the 2012 Olympics.

She scored 112 objectives at Ben Davis Excessive Faculty in incomes nationwide participant of the 12 months honors. She went on to play at UCLA, the place she was a two-time finalist for the nationwide participant of the 12 months and scored 71 profession objectives. She scored 24 objectives in worldwide competitors, was named a World Cup all-star in 2011 and gained Olympic gold medals in 2008 and ’12. 

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Cheryl Prepare dinner 

1981 Miss Basketball Cheryl Cook wins the chase for the loose ball against Kentucky's Gina Brown.

The 1981 Miss Basketball from Indianapolis Washington after scoring 1,428 profession factors. She averaged 29.7 factors and eight.1 assists per sport as a senior. She went on to attain 2,367 factors on the College of Cincinnati, the place she was a three-time convention participant of the 12 months. Prepare dinner additionally excelled taking part in professionally in Europe. 

Skylar Diggins  

Skylar Diggins-Smith, competing for the United States.

The South Bend Washington star earned Miss Basketball honors in 2009 after scoring 2,790 factors and main the Panthers to the 2007 Class 4A state championships and three 4A state runner-up finishes. Diggins was a three-time consensus All-American whereas scoring 2,357 factors and main Notre Dame to 2 nationwide championship video games. She is in her ninth WNBA season, and he or she has been an All-Star 5 occasions. 

Katie Douglas 

Indiana Fever guard-forward Katie Douglas

Douglas was a 1997 Indiana All-Star out of Perry Meridian. She scored 1,965 profession factors, and was on the 1999 nationwide championship staff and the 2001 Ultimate 4 squad. She spent six of her 14 WNBA seasons with the Indiana Fever, twice incomes All-Star honors (5 total). Douglas was on the 2012 Fever staff that gained the league title.  

Annie Drews 

Purdue's Annie Drews (18)

Drews led Penn Excessive Faculty to the 2010 Class 4A state volleyball championship and he or she was a consensus All-American as a senior in ’11. At Purdue, she was an All-American as a senior and twice All-Huge Ten. She helped the US win the gold medal within the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. 

Chloe Dygert  

Chloe Dygert of Brownsburg competing in women's road cycling individual time trials.

The 2015 Brownsburg Excessive Faculty alum took up aggressive biking at Marian College and has change into a world champion and Olympian. Dygert gained eight World Championship gold medals between 2016-20 and an Olympic silver in staff pursuit in 2016. She suffered a critical racing harm in 2020 however returned and gained a bronze in staff pursuit at Tokyo. 

Shyra Ely 

Shyra Ely, competing for Tennessee. She is an Indiana Miss Basketball winner.

Ely scored 2,004 factors at Ben Davis from 1997-2001, main the Giants to Class 4A state championship her junior and senior seasons. She was named Miss Basketball in 2001 earlier than taking part in for the College of Tennessee, the place she compiled 1,673 factors and 940 rebounds because the Woman Vols made 4 Ultimate Fours (2002-05). She additionally performed within the WNBA, together with for the Indiana Fever.   

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Katie Gearlds 

2003 Miss Basketball Katie Gearlds from Beech Grove

Gearlds scored 2,521 factors for Beech Grove from 1999-2003, capping her Hornets profession with 33 factors in a Class 3A state championship sport victory on the way in which to being voted Miss Basketball. She scored 1,974 profession factors for Purdue, incomes All-American honors as a senior, earlier than taking part in professionally. She coached Marian College for eight years earlier than rejoining the Boilers as coach in 2021.

Vicki Corridor 

The 1988 Miss Basketball from Brebeuf Jesuit scored 1,750 profession factors, averaging 20.2 factors and 10.6 rebounds for the Braves. She additionally earned a number of nationwide participant of the 12 months honors earlier than heading to the College of Texas, the place she scored 1,831 factors. Corridor performed professionally, together with the early days of the Indiana Fever. She was Indiana State’s head coach for 3 seasons and is presently a Fever assistant coach.  

Heidi Hendricks 

She was the primary ladies swimmer to earn eight particular person state championships whereas at Logansport from 1984-87. She gained the 100-meter breaststroke 3 times and set then-state information alongside the way in which. She was a convention champion at Arizona State. 

Leigh Anne Hardin 

Leigh Anne Hardin won state medalist three times for Martinsville High School.

Hardin was a three-time particular person medalist on the state golf meet from 1997-99, and he or she gained the U.S. Women Junior championship in ’98. She was additionally an All-American at Duke. 

Sarah Hildebrandt 

Wrestler Sarah Hildebrandt, competing in the Olympics in 2021.

There weren’t many alternatives for ladies to wrestle, so Hildebrandt practiced with the Penn Excessive Faculty boys staff by 2011. She entered worldwide competitors quickly after, culminating with a bronze medal within the 50-kilogram weight class on the Tokyo Olympics. 

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Holli Hyche 

Hyche gained three dash championships for Perry Meridian between 1986-90 earlier than heading to Indiana State, the place she gained 4 NCAA dash championships in 1993 (55, 200 indoor; 100, 200 out of doors). She additionally gained the 100 in ’94. 

Lynna Irby  

Lynna Irby is a record-setter for Pike High School and an Olympian.
  • Irby gained state-record 12 particular person sprinting championships, 4 every within the 100, 200 and 400 meters between 2014-17. She competed on the College of Georgia, profitable the NCAA title within the 400 in 2018. She was a part of the gold medal-winning 1,600-meter relay squad within the Tokyo Video games, additionally incomes bronze within the 1,600 blended relay.

Jean Kesterson  

Cathedral volleyball coach Jean Kesterson won eight state titles in 27 seasons.

She was Cathedral’s volleyball coach for 27 years, main the Irish to eight state championships. Cathedral’s 2015 staff was thought of the nation’s greatest. She coached 4 state Gatorade gamers of the 12 months and 17 All-Individuals. 

Lee Kiefer 

Lee Kiefer of the United States celebrates winning the women's individual Foil final competition against Inna Deriglazova of the Russian Olympic Committee at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Chiba, Japan.

The Notre Dame alum is a three-time Olympian, profitable gold in foil on the Tokyo Video games. She has competed within the World Championships 10 occasions.

Lilly King 

Lilly King exceled at Evansville Reitz High School, IU and in the Olympics.

King is the brash Olympic and world champion swimmer from Evansville Reitz Excessive Faculty and Indiana College. She gained gold medals within the 2016 Olympics within the 100-meter backstroke and 400-meter medley relay. King earned a silver and a bronze at Tokyo. Within the 2017 World Championships, she set two particular person world information and was a part of two world document relays. King earned 4 straight NCAA 100 breaststroke championships. 

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Sandy Knapp 

Mark Miles and Sandy Knapp discuss Pan Am Games plans. May 5, 1987

When Indianapolis began its effort to be a sports activities attraction, it went to Knapp. In 1980, She was named the primary government director of Indiana Sports activities Corp, which drew the 1982 Nationwide Sports activities Competition, 1987 Pan American Video games and plenty of U.S. Olympic Trials to the town.  

Kelly Krauskopf  

Longtime Indiana Fever and Indiana Pacers executive Kelly Krauskopf.

The Indiana Pacers assistant basic supervisor was beforehand the Indiana Fever’s staff president from their inception in 2000 by 2017.  

Lori Lindsey 

Lori Lindsey

The four-time All-State participant was the state’s profession main scorer when she graduated Pike Excessive Faculty in 1998. She was an All-American on the College of Virginia and performed professionally for a few years. She performed for the U.S. Ladies’s Nationwide Workforce on the 2011 World Cup and was on the USWNT roster in 2012, when it gained an Olympic gold medal.  

Maicel Malone  

Maicel Malone set numerous state records at North Central High School.

Malone was the winningest sprinter in Indiana ladies monitor and discipline historical past for 30 years. She earned 11 state titles with North Central from 1984-87, 4 every within the 100 and 200 meters, and three within the 200. Her occasions from the 200 (23.12 seconds) and 400 (52.42) in 1986 stay state information. She turned an NCAA champion at Arizona State and gained a gold medal within the 1,600-meter relay on the 1996 Olympics. 

Muffet McGraw 

Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw won two national championships.

The Nationwide Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame inductee coached Notre Dame from 1987-2020, main the Preventing Irish to nationwide championships in 2001 and ’18. The Preventing Irish made the Ultimate 4 9 occasions underneath McGraw. McGraw’s groups at ND went 848-252 and he or she has 936 victories in 38 years of teaching.

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Candyce McGrone 

Candyce McGrone, competing in international track.

McGrone gained eight state titles with Warren Central, three of them within the 200 meters, between 2006-08. She gained the 100 meters within the 2011 NCAA nationwide meet for Florida State, and positioned fourth within the 200 within the 2015 World Championships in a private greatest 22.01 seconds. Her greatest within the 100 is 11.00. 

DeDee Nathan  

DeDee Nathan, a heptathlete at Indiana University

Nathan was a five-time hurdles champ and a part of two state-winning relays at Fort Wayne South from 1983-86. The Indiana College heptathlete and pentathlete gained six Huge Ten championships and was the NCAA runner-up within the 1990 pentathlon. She competed within the 2000 Olympics within the heptathlon after narrowly lacking the U.S. staff in 1992 and ’96. 

Samantha Peszek 

UCLA gymnast Samantha Peszek

The McCordsville native was on the 2008 U.S. Olympic staff that earned a silver medal in Beijing. Peszek earned a number of nationwide and worldwide titles, and starred at UCLA, incomes three NCAA titles and 17 All-American honors. 

Jaycie Phelps 

Jaycie Phelps of Greenfield, Indiana

The Greenfield native was a part of the 1996 U.S. Olympic squad — nicknamed the “Magnificent Seven” — that broke a protracted Soviet streak of gold medals in Atlanta. A sort of vault is known as for her and he or she runs a gymnastics academy in Greenfield.

LaTaunya Pollard 

LaTaunya Pollard, 1979 Indiana Miss Basketball, meets Billy Keller at Market Square Arena.

Pollard is first Hoosier lady inducted into the Nationwide Excessive Faculty Corridor of Fame. She gained Miss Basketball honors in 1979 after scoring 1,706 factors for East Chicago Roosevelt. She was a three-time faculty All-American, 3,000-point scorer at Lengthy Seaside State and a member of the 1980 U.S. staff that boycotted the Moscow Olympics. Pollard as soon as scored a document 99 factors in an Italian professional league sport. 

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Molly Seidel 

Molly Seidel earned an Olympic bronze medal in her third marathon.

The Notre Dame alum earned a bronze medal within the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, about 19 months after incomes a spot on the staff in Olympic Trials (the Olympic Video games have been delayed a 12 months by the COVID-19 pandemic). She gained indoor and out of doors NCAA championships for the Preventing Irish in 2015 and ’16. 

Lanae Renschler 

Renschler is the primary four-time state highschool singles tennis champion, going 100-0 for Fort from 1983-86. She performed collegiately at Texas. 

Ruth Riley 

Notre Dame's Ruth Riley (00)

She had 1,372 factors and 1,011 rebounds for North Miami Excessive Faculty earlier than heading to Notre Dame, the place she made two free throws within the closing seconds to raise the Preventing Irish to their first nationwide championship in 2001 over Purdue. She completed with greater than 2,000 factors and 1,000 rebounds for Notre Dame and earned nationwide participant of the 12 months honors in ’01. Riley additionally gained two WNBA championships and an Olympic gold medal. 

Keagan Rothrock  

Keagan Rothrock of Roncalli is considered the nation's best high school softball player for 2022.

The Roncalli junior is the 2022 Gatorade Nationwide Participant of the 12 months after main the Royals to their second straight Class 4A state championship, this time with an undefeated document. She went 28-0 this 12 months, placing out 382 batters and hitting .333. She has dedicated to the College of Florida.

Patricia Roy  

Patricia Roy (center) during the run-up to the 1976 girls basketball state championship, the first administered by the IHSAA.

Roy advocated for ladies sports activities and bodily schooling as a trainer in Gary earlier than she was the IHSAA’s first director of women sports activities in 1972. She was with the group for greater than 27 years. 

Tonya Sedwick 

She gained 4 state lengthy bounce championships (1984-87) for Jeffersonville, and her effort of 20 toes, 4 inches in 1986 stays a state meet document. Sedwick additionally competed within the heptathlon and hurdles at UCLA and internationally into the mid Nineteen Nineties.  

Bridget Sloan 

Bridget Sloan of Pittsboro won world all-around title.

The Pittsboro native was the 2009 gymnastics all-around world champion and a 2008 Olympic silver medalist. She then attended the College of Florida, the place she gained two NCAA all-around championships and earned many different All-American honors.

Ashley Spencer 

Hurdler Ashley Spencer from Lawrence North High School owns an Olympic medal from 2016.

She gained six state championships at Lawrence North — the 100-meter hurdles in 2010 and 5 relays between 2008-11. Spencer competed at the College of Texas and was a part of a gold-medal profitable relay within the 2013 World Championships. In 2016, she gained a 400-meter hurdles bronze medal within the Rio Olympics.

Sharon Versyp 

Sharon Versyp played for and coached Purdue.

Versyp averaged 23.8 factors per sport as a senior at Mishawaka on her solution to Miss Basketball honors. She compiled 1,565 factors, 418 assists and 194 steals as a four-year starter with the Boilermakers between 1984-88. Versyp coached 5 years at Maine and one at Indiana earlier than rejoining Purdue in 2006, the place she coached by 2021, compiling 301 wins. She’s within the Indiana Basketball Corridor of Fame. 

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Judi Warren 

Warsaw's Judi Warren cuts down her portion of the net after the Tigers won their first girls basketball state championship on Feb. 28, 1976, at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Warren was the primary Miss Basketball in 1976 after main Warsaw to the primary ladies state championship. She attended Franklin School and coached a number of highschool groups across the state. 

Kara Winger 

Kara Winger has been one of the best javelin throwers in the U.S. for years.

The Purdue alum has competed in 4 Olympics. She twice gained the Huge Ten javelin title and was additionally an All-American in 2008.

Stephanie White  

Stephanie White led Purdue to a national championship in 1999.

White set the state ladies basketball scoring document with 2,869 factors — nonetheless fourth-most in state historical past — for Seeger from 1991-95, and earned Miss Basketball and a number of other nationwide participant of the 12 months honors. She led Purdue to the 1999 NCAA championship and scored 2,182 profession factors. White performed 5 seasons within the WNBA, 4 for the Indiana Fever. She additionally coached the Fever for 2 years, in addition to at Vanderbilt. 

Barbara Wynne 

Sports legend Barbara Wynne poses with her new statue, after the unveiling ceremony of the new bronze statues of iconic Indiana sports legends, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience area at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.  12 bronze statues representing 16 athletes were unveiled.

Wynne was a collegiate tennis participant within the Fifties, however as extra alternatives opened up for ladies, she has taught generations of children. She established the Indianapolis chapter of the Nationwide Junior Tennis League and North Central’s tennis advanced was named for her upon its 2003 opening. 

Jackie Younger 

Jackie Young celebrates in April, 2018 after helping the University of Notre Dame to a national title.

She scored a state-record 3,268 factors for Princeton Excessive Faculty from 2012-16, incomes Miss Basketball honors and main the Tigers to a Class 3A state championship in 2015. Younger scored 1,106 factors in three seasons at Notre Dame, which gained a nationwide championship in 2018. She was chosen No. 1 total within the 2019 WNBA Draft and is among the many league’s main scorers in 2022 for the Las Vegas Aces.  

Shanna Zolman 

2002 IndyStar Miss Basketball Shanna Zolman of Wawasee High School.

The 2002 Miss Basketball from Wawasee scored 3,085 profession factors, the primary Indiana woman to achieve 3,000. Zolman was a co-MVP within the first ladies McDonald’s All-American Sport with a 21-point, 5-assist efficiency. She performed 4 years (2002-06) on the College of Tennessee for legendary coach Pat Summitt, then for 4 seasons within the WNBA. 

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