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Big Ten Women Sweep Events on Day 2 of Indy Spring Cup

Big Ten Women Sweep Events on Day 2 of Indy Spring Cup


  • May 18-21, 2022
  • LCM (50 meters)
  • IU Natatorium, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Meet Mobile: “2022 Indy Spring Cup”

Many of the top midwest club and college swimmers are competing at the IU Natatorium this weekend.

Highlighting the prelims session was 2020 US Tokyo Olympian and bronze medalist in the event, Annie Lazor, who swam a 2:24.01 to be the top seed heading into finals. Lazor scratched the event for finals, but notably, her prelims swim this morning was faster than her prelims swim for International Team Trials a few weeks ago. There she swam a 2:24.48 in prelims. Lazor is set to compete for the US in the 50 and 100 breaststrokes at the 2022 World Championships less than a month from now in Budapest.

Kicking off night 2 was Ohio State’s Aislinn Walsh. Walsh won the women’s 200 fly in a 2:15.36. That was a huge time for Walsh as her previous best time was a 2:19.24. Ohio State continued their success in the event going 2-3 as well. Kyra Sommerstad was second in a 2:16.05, a huge best time from her 2:22.14. Meredith Moellering was third in a 2:17.19.

Winning the men’s 200 fly was Michigan’s Connor Hunt. Hunt had the fastest last 50 split of the field to win in a 1:59.46. Hunt was the only sub-2:00 time as Carmel Swim Club’s Aaron Shackell was second in a 2:00.10. Shackell is committed to Cal for fall 2023. Indiana’s Brendan Burns was third in a 2:01.20, over a second and a half faster than he was at International Team Trials.

Ohio State’s Amy Fulmer continued her success from night one into night two winning the 50 free in a 25.75. Michigan’s Claire Newman was second in a 25.93. Kit Kat Zennick of Ohio State was third in a 26.22. All three were in the Big Ten A final of the short course version of the event this February.

Winning the men’s 50 freestyle was Andrej Barna in a 22.69. Barna represented Serbia at the Tokyo Olympics swimming a 22.29 for 28th place there. Indiana’s Jack Franzman was second in a 22.99 just ahead of teammate Rafael Miroslaw who was third in a 23.01.

Indiana’s Mackenzie Looze continued the Big Ten wins on the women’s side, winning the 200 breast in a 2:29.24. This was just off her 2:27.60 which she swam at International Team Trials to finish sixth. Teammate Brearna Crawford was second in a 2:29.83, and Ohio State’s Reese Dehen was third in a 2:37.66.

Earning the only club-swimmer win of the night was Michael Phillips. The 18 year old from Aquajets Swim Team won the men’s 200 breast in a 2:17.69. Phillips is committed to Navy for this fall. Michigan’s Ansel Froass was second in a 2:20.02, just ahead of an Ohio State 3-4-5 finish made up of William Reagan (2:21.11), Nathan Holty (2:21.49), and Karl Helmuth (2:21.86).

Amy Fulmer of Ohio State picked up her second win of the night with a 1:00.73 100 backstroke. That was just off of her 1:00.48 which she swam to finished eighth at International Team Trials. Indiana’s Anna Peplowski was second in a best time of 1:01.37, and Michigan’s Casey Chung was third in a 1:02.81.

Nikolaos Sofianidis won the men’s 100 backstroke in a 55.82. Thomas Watkins of Ohio State was second in a 56.64. Indiana’s Gavin Wright was third in a 56.87  just ahead of teammate Luke Barr who touched in a 56.92.

Finishing off the women’s side of the night was Indiana’s Ella Ristic with a win in the 400 freestyle. Ristic swam a best time of 4:16.39. Ohio State’s Maya Geringer was second in a 4:17.93, and Michigan’s Kathryn Shanley was third in a 4:19.24.

Murilo Sartori won the men’s 400 free in a 3:52.94 ahead of Ilia Sibirtsev who was second in a 3:54.51. Jake Mitchell, who swam the event for the US at last year’s Olympics, was third in a 3:57.01. Mitchell is in his first meet back since battling mono.

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NBA2K League Returns to In-Person LAN Events With New Studio in Indy

NBA2K League Returns to In-Person LAN Events With New Studio in Indy

The focus going forward will be on tournament play, including new 3v3 tourney

After two years of online play and remote production, the NBA2K League has a new in-person home for the 2022 season. In-person NBA 2K League competitions, which began last night with bracket play of THE TIPOFF Powered by AT&T, will take place at the new NBA 2K League Studio at The Pavilion at Pan Am in Indianapolis. And, while the league is proud of all the technology innovations and remote-production workflows it developed over the past two years, there’s nothing quite like returning to in-person LAN competitions.

“For the crew, the league, and the players, on a scale of one to 10, I would put the excitement level at about 4 million,” says Matt Arden, head of content and media, NBA 2K League. “At our live events, the energy is palpable, with all the noise and the chaos and the fun. The energy level that the players infuse into that live product is amazing, and seeing them explode and blossom on the live stage has been one of the great joys of this job. We can’t wait to have that energy back in the room and yell and scream and watch these players do what they do best.”

Although bracket play for the league’s in-season tournaments — The Tipoff, The Turn, The Ticket — and its playoffs and finals will take place in Indianapolis, NBA 2K will continue to embrace the cloud-based remote-production ecosystem it has cultivated over the past two years for qualifying and group play.

“I’m excited to finally and fully return to in-person production,” says TJ Canty, director, broadcast operations and events, NBA 2K League. “We’re still very much moving forward with our cloud-based remote-control room. There is nothing like the feel and energy of a live event. This year will be even more interesting, considering we’re doubling our overall camera counts and videoboards.”

Inside the Indy Studio: Dual Stages, Double the Cameras, Plenty of Excitement

During the pandemic, NBA 2K’s online-play broadcasts featured a fast-paced whip-around among multiple games. In an effort to recapture that high-speed excitement for LAN play, NBA 2K League experimented with the concept of dual competition stages at the 2021 Playoffs at the Mavs Gaming Hub in Dallas.

“One thing we took away from Dallas was that excitement and chaos can live in the same place,” says Arden. “Frankly, it’s very hard to cover two stages. From a live perspective, the audience is seeing what’s happening, and they can easily follow it, but to bring that through on the broadcast is a lot more challenging. Our talent has to be really on their toes, as do our camera ops, TD, and director because we are making these massive pivots midstream during the broadcast.”

NBA 2K League’s new studio features two competition stages.

The dual stages proved to be a big hit with fans and players alike and will now be a permanent feature at the new NBA 2K League Studio in Indianapolis. Two circular competition stages will host simultaneous in-person games, allowing the production team to switch between games in real time to capture the most exciting moments.

“Our main goal was to make the two stages feel like equal main stages rather than one being the side stage,” says Arden. “We tried to create a feeling of oneness between the two. Then we surrounded both with more LED [displays] than we’ve ever had before to really make it pop.”

Arden and his team worked closely with Brian Mirakian senior principal/brand activation director, Populous, and his crew to create a venue that would not only dazzle fans in attendance but also make the players themselves feel like genuine superstars. In addition to the two LED-heavy circular stages, the league has erected an LED-fueled tunnel that will be the central focus during dramatic player introductions before each competition. The casters will call the action perched atop this tunnel, creating a fresh new dynamic.

“I would describe the general vibe as part NBA arena, part Rucker Park,” says Arden. “We took a lot of inspiration from WWE as well as what the NBA did in the bubble in terms of using LED in smaller spaces to create more excitement. So we wanted big screens, lots of noise, and to make sure the players are featured prominently. We wanted to create an epic entrance for them so that, when they take their seats, they feel like superstars.”

In addition to the main competition studio, the facility features a players lounge upstairs, along with player practice rooms that double as remote game-play rooms for the 10 teams that are living in-market in Indianapolis this season.

NBA 2K League has re-teamed with its longtime production partner Defacto Entertainment and facilities provider Dome Productions for the 2022 season. Arden and his team produce each broadcast from a Dome Productions mobile unit outside the facility.

An increase in LED displays marks NBA 2K League’s new studio.

Double the stages means double the cameras, so Canty and his team have rolled out twice as many Marshall POV playercams and more handhelds (some wired, some RF) than ever to cover the action.

“We have only a few seconds to provide the viewer with full context as to why we’re making the shift [to a different stage] and what’s happening in the other game before that moment disappears,” says Arden. “It means a lot of mental gymnastics for our core talent and production staff. Being ready to pivot at any given moment for nine hours is a real challenge.”

New Season, New Structure: Going Tournament-Centric, Launching 3v3 Tourneys

The studio in Indianapolis isn’t the only big change this year. The league made significant changes to its schedule and is debuting several features for its fifth season.

First off, the NBA 2K League has pivoted from a traditional “regular season” to a format focused on tournament play (including qualifying events for tournaments), with the season spanning April through August.

“The [tournament-centric structure] has changed our narrative structure and the way we think about the telling stories during the season,” says Arden. “The new structure also means that we have a lot more this year in terms of volume. Last year, we did 52 live broadcasts; this year, we’ll do 71 between the beginning of April and the end of August — plus four days of rehearsal. We’ll be a functioning live-production unit for 75 days over the next six months.”

The ambiance is designed to spur excitement and make the players feel like superstars.

In addition to its standard 5v5 competition, the league has partnered with Coinbase to host three new 3v3 tournaments culminating with the 3v3 championship. NBA 2K League teams — comprising five players this season — will be represented by three of their players during these 3v3 tournaments. Amateur teams from around the world will also have the opportunity to participate alongside NBA 2K League teams for a share of the 3v3 tournament prize pool.

“That change from 5v5 to 3v3 has a major impact on studio ops because we have to reduce the number of chairs, which reduces the scale of our footprint depending on which tournament session we’re in,” says Arden. “We had to take that into account when building out the studio. But we were able to figure it out, and 3v3 is going to be a big addition for us. We think those amateur and pro-am [competitions] are going to serve as a conduit into our league and open windows for lots of new players and personalities.”

Even With New Studio, Remote-Production Workflow Is Here To Stay

The NBA 2K League was among the first to rebound after the pandemic arrived in March 2020, getting online competition up and running in a matter of weeks. Over the ensuing two years, the league, along with Defacto and Dome, developed a cloud-based remote workflow that will continue to be an integral part of its operations moving forward.

“Of course, we’re all excited about returning to [the studio],” says Arden, “but remote production is definitely here to stay. Remote production allows us to create one-off events, tournaments, and play-in opportunities on a much more global scale. I think this hybrid remote/live [model] will be our future. This is a great year to put rubber to road and see what we can do as this hybrid model comes to life.”

For all remote-play productions, Arden and narrative/production leadership will be based in the New York City area (either at home or at the NBA’s headquarters reopened New York office). Meanwhile, the primary production team is based in a control room at Defacto’s facility in Vancouver, and a limited crew is at Dome’s Toronto broadcast facility, which distributes the final live stream.

“We like the ratio we have this season of being 70% remote and 30% live [in-person],” says Arden. “We are in a really exciting place and where we hoped to be a couple of years ago [prior to the pandemic]. At the same time, I think the understanding of remote production has taken us to the next level and is going to make us more global this season, next season, and beyond that.”

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Grown-Ups Night Out Events in Indy to Look Forward to This Year – Indy’s Child Magazine

Grown-Ups Night Out Events in Indy to Look Forward to This Year - Indy's Child Magazine

Kids aren’t the only ones having fun in Indy! If you’re looking for a great adults night out adventure (or mom’s night out / dad’s night out with your parent friends), look no further. There are some great events to look forward to around Indy that are only for folks 21+. 

Grown-Ups Night Out Events in Indy to Look Forward to This Year:


Children’s Museum After Dark

Location: 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis

Next event: Decades After Dark featuring Scooby-Doo on June 24

More info:

After Dark events at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis are exclusively for big kids 21+. Kick back with friends and associates for the most fun happy hour(s) Indy has to offer! Food and beverages are available for purchase. 

After Dark events are scheduled throughout the year, and the next After Dark event is happening on June 24, 2022. Decades After Dark feat. Scooby-Doo lets guests dress up in their favorite style from your favorite decade — the ’70s, ’80s, or ’90s — and boogie on down to The Children’s Museum so you can bust a move at this totally tubular party for adults 21+.

Guests visit the newest exhibit, SCOOBY-DOO™ Mansion Mayhe, celebrate the vibrant Greek nightlife in Take Me There®: Greece, re-live favorite pop culture moments in American POP, and follow the clues on a scavenger hunt, and much more. Food specials, beer, wine, and a specialty cocktail will be available for purchase. Complimentary Pepsi products will be available.

The Children’s Museum of Indianpolis

Grown-Up Movie Nights at Murphy Aquatic Park

Location: Corner of County Road 625 East and County Road 100 South, Avon

Next event: “Grown Ups” movie on July 8, 7-10 p.m.

More info:

Enjoy Avon’s brand-new Murphy Aquatic Park with adults-only events occasionally during the summer! On July 8, guests ages 21 and older are invited for a night out at the pool while watching the Adam Sandler flick, Grown Ups, which starts at sundown. A cash bar will be available.

Murphy Aquatic Park Water Park in Avon
Murphy Aquatic Park

Throwback Camp at Conner Prairie

Location: 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers

Next event: July 9

More info:

Play like a kid and experience the best of Conner Prairie‘s Adventure Camp with Throwback Camp. Enjoy a grownups-only day of canoeing, ziplining, archery, camp crafts, field games, summer tubing, and more. Plan your summer to have fun, meet new people and share experiences! Feast on a catered lunch and dinner with s’mores and beer/wine available.

Admission includes a ticket to Symphony on the Prairie, exclusive concert seating and bar, meals, and activities. This is an 18+ event.

Throwback Camp

Monon Mixers at The Waterpark

Location: 1195 Central Park Dr. West, Carmel

Next event: June 16, 2022

More info:

Monon Mixers are adult-only, after-hours events where guests over the age of 21 can enjoy The Waterpark in Carmel without kids. The event includes access to all of The Waterpark’s features like the lazy river, adventure slides, and FlowRider®, as well as planned activities throughout the night like aqua Zumba® and log rolling.

Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase from a variety of local vendors and concessions. 

The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center

Adult Nights at Freedom Springs Aquatic Park

Location: 850 W. Stop 18 Rd., Greenwood

Next event: Check the website for the latest dates

More info:

Tap into your inner child and relax during these adults-only events at Freedom Springs Aquatic Park. Enjoy adult beverages as the sun goes down while listening to a live performance or a DJ pool party. Take a stroll around the Lazy River, race down the water slides, and relax in a lounge chair.

Freedom Springs Aquatic Park

Brewfari at the Indianapolis Zoo

Location: 1200 W Washington St., Indianapolis

Next event: October 1, 2022

More info:

Enjoy an adults-only night at the zoo! Sample a selection of brews, enjoy music, and get up close with the animals at this 21+ evening.

Guests can enjoy exclusive after-hours access and stroll down the Indianapolis Zoo’s main pathways while sampling from 22 top craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries from Central Indiana and beyond. Several of the Zoo’s eateries will also be open late, serving a variety of sandwiches, snacks, and other fall favorites for purchase. There will also be various Halloween-themed activities, animal chats, and demonstrations throughout the evening. 

Brewfari at Indianapolis Zoo

Daniel’s Winery

Location: 9061 N. 700 W., McCordsville

Next event: Karaoke/DJ Friday nights, live music Saturday evenings

More info:

Located in McCordsville, Daniel’s Winery is a full production winery that offers a private wine club and event venue for any occasion. Check their calendar of events (and follow them on social media) to be informed about the many events they offer throughout the month, all year long. 

Some of the more popular adult events at Daniel’s Winery include live music picnics, karaoke contests and wine tastings. 

Daniel’s Winery

Urban Vines

Location: 303 E. 161st St., Westfield

Next event: Trivia night April 27

More info:

Westfield’s own Urban Vines serves up the wine — and wine slushies — as well as charcuterie, appetizers and gourmet pizzas, which you can enjoy on their 5-acre farm in the heart of the city. Sit and enjoy an adult’s night out in one of their igloos or around a fire pit, or take it inside and enjoy a wine tasting in their indoor space. 

Check the Urban Vines website and follow them on social media to keep up-to-date on the events they offer throughout the month, including trivia nights, SINGO night (like BINGO, but with music!) and much more.

Urban Vines