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H A P P E N I N G H E R E Marking a championship Making a splash with another NCAA Championship Top-seeded UofL swimming sensation Joao De Lucca posted a time of 1:31.51 in the 200M freestyle to take the national championship on day two finals of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at IUPUI's Indiana University Natatorium in March. The junior and BIG EAST Swimmer of the Year posted the third-fastest time in the meet's history. De Lucca won from an outside lane going out fast early in the race and then pulling away to win by almost a full second. De Lucca was on the Brazilian Olympic Team in 2012 and finished third in the 2012 NCAA finals. NAS-CARDS! UofL put the pedal to the metal, joining with Michael Waltrip Racing to celebrate the men's basketball title by sponsoring the #55 car at NASCAR's Quaker State 400 June 29 at the Kentucky International Speedway. Driver Brian Vichers donned the stylish red and white "GO CARDS" fre suit, and his Toyota race car prominently displayed the national championship logo. President James Ramsey joined alumni and friends to get a closer look during a guided pit tour and pre-race party. Commemorative UofL racing gear, including miniature dye cast replica cars and other items will be available soon. Rick Pitino likes to celebrate winning a national championship with Maker's Mark bourbon — a lot of it. The men's hoops coach commemorated the Cards third men's basketball title by partnering with the world famous bourbon distiller in producing 12,600 limited edition, specially designed bottles, featuring Pitino, his upcoming induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame and the team's run to the title. Proceeds from the sales support the UofL Academic Center of Excellence, which houses academic operations for the entire athletic department and provides tutorial areas, laboratories, offce areas and classroom space for student-athletes. Schimmel goes international Women's basketball star senior guard Shoni Schimmel has been named to the USA Basketball Women's World University Games team. She was one of 12 players chosen after trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center that included 33 of the nation's top collegiate athletes. Schimmel was named the Most Outstanding Player for the Oklahoma City Regional. She also earned WBCA All-Region honors and first team All-BIG EAST honors. She led the Cards in scoring and assists with 14.2 points and 3.6 assists per game. This is her first time competing with USA Basketball. The games will be held July 8–15 in Kazan, Russia, with the USA opening against Belarus, followed by the Czech Republic. USA Basketball women's teams have participated in 16 prior World University Games and have collected a record eight gold medals, six silver and one bronze medal. SUMMER UOFL MAGAZINE| 1 5

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