Out N About Sports by Bill Malcolm
Purdue freshman diver Max Showalter made his bid for a place at this summer’s Rio Olympics.
At the U.S. Olympic Team diving trials, June 18-26 in Indianapolis, he tried out along with 112 other divers. He and high school diver Zachary Cooper of Greenwood placed third in Synchronized Men’s Platform diving on June 19. Showalter placed 14th in solo competition. Fellow Boilermakers David Boudia of Noblesville and Steele Johnson of Carmel will be going to Rio.
Thanks to Indianapolis Sports Corporation, Showalter rode a car in the Cadillac Barbie IN Pride Parade and had a booth at the festival on June 11 showcasing his talents.
The Olympics run from Aug. 5 to Aug. 21. For diving details, go to www.usadiving.org.
Did you get to arm wrestle at Pride with the Hoydens? The women’s rugby team was out in full force. They resume practices in late August with tournaments throughout the Midwest. They practice at Thatcher Park Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. For details, go to www.hoydens.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find them on Facebook at Indy Hoydens.
Did you know Indy has two rollergirl teams? That would be, of course, the Naptown Rollergirls and Circle City Derby Girls. Both were out in full force at Pride.
The CircleCity girls have a bout July 16 at Perry Park Rink, 451 E. Stop 11 Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m and the action starts at 6 p.m. Details at www.circlecityderbygirls.com.
Registration for Indy Classic ‘16 is now open. The tournament, Sept. 23-25 at West Indy Raquet Club, 4458 Guion Road, is sponsored by IndyTennis. Register online at bit.ly/1VxQFNS.
Register today to take advantage of the early bird rate ($100 for one event, $10 for each additional event). Benefits of registering early include a locked in rate, regardless of when you actually pay; and the 2017 free entry raffle, with number of entries based on your date of registration.
Tournament registration includes lunches during Friday and Saturday play, Players Party Friday night (with food and alcohol), the famous Garden Banquet buffet and open bar, and a T-shirt (choice of cotton or DriFit).
There are divisions for all levels, including beginners, as well as women’s divisions and mixed doubles divisions.
IndyTennis recently had two members compete in the Denver tournament. The group has more than 50 members in ladder play this summer and 100 on the mailing list.
July tennis tournaments include Seattle, San Diego and Flushing Meadows, N.Y., all July 2-4; and Columbus, Ohio, July 22-24. See www.glta.net for details and to register.
In other IndyTennis news, the club is offering Start/Restart training, a 1.5 hour, one-day-a-week (Wednesday), six-week group tennis program at Indianapolis-Riverside Park. The cost is $30; register at startplayingtennis.com. The program introduces new adult players and welcomes back past players at the beginner level. It teaches techniques, builds skills, and gets you ready for the next steps of your game.
Tuesdays and Saturdays – Indy Frontrunners (meet at Zoo Tuesdays, Butler University Saturdays)
Saturdays – IndyTennis, 10 a.m., Riverside Park
Sundays – Circle City Pride Softball at Chuck Klein softball fields
Bill Malcolm covers the Indianapolis-area LGBT sports scene for The Word.