The last time IUPUI sent an athlete to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships was in 2019. That year, diver Krisztian Somhegyi the first Jaguar to make it to the meet. This year, IU sent two athletes 590 miles from Indianapolis to Minneapolis, Minn., where the championships are being held.
In 2021, Logan Kelly and Alex Scott began their careers as IUPUI Jaguars in swimming and diving. In just their second year representing IUPUI, the two are adding their names to the history books.
Logan Kelly, the Minnesota native, is set to compete in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke. Kelly will be the first Jaguar to dawn IUPUI’s colors in the NCAA Swimming Championship. As the current school record holder in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, Kelly is also the Horizon League Champion in the 200 breaststroke, breaking the meet record with a time of 1:52.86.
As a freshman in 2022, Kelly missed the NCAA Swimming Championship by 15 hundredths of a second.
“The goal was just to make it [to Nationals]. Now I’m here getting to live that goal,” Kelly said.
Kelly hopes that this accomplishment will motivate his teammates and future recruits when looking at attending IUPUI.
Diver Alex Scott will be the second Jaguar to represent IUPUI in the NCAA Diving Championships. Although there is no platform event at the Horizon League Conference Championships, he will compete in the event at the national championships.
Scott qualified for the event at the Zone C Qualifiers in Bloomington. In the Horizon League Conference Championships, Scott took home a second-place trophy in the 1-meter dive and a third-place trophy in the 3-meter dive.
After realizing exactly what he accomplished, Scott took a step back and looked at the moment.
“I had a really emotional moment… When I didn’t just make it, but made it by a long shot, it really helped with my confidence,” Scott said.
Both Logan and Scott have already put their names on an exclusive list of IUPUI Jaguars. Their dedication to their craft has paid off in a big way. The two joined 270 of the best swimmers and divers in the country on March 22-23, 2023 at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.