After a 19-medal haul from the Rio Olympics, athletes with Indiana ties could potentially win more than that in Tokyo. Here are 20 to watch in 2020 (and it was difficult confining this list to 20):
>> Chloe Dygert, 19, Brownsburg:A silver medal in team pursuit is the beginning. She is a potential medalist on the road or track.
>> Coryn Rivera, 23, Marian University: She took her omission from this year’s Olympic road race to arbitration in a case she eventually lost. Otherwise, in a breakout summer, she almost always wins.
>> Michael Hixon, 22, Indiana University: Besides a synchro silver, the former Massachusetts high school basketball player was 10th in 3-meter. He was fourth in semifinals, underscoring his medal capabilities.
>> Steele Johnson, 20, Carmel/Purdue:Synchro silver is a big boost heading into the next four years. On an off day, he nearly made the 12-man platform final, finishing 13th. He has benefited from training with David Boudia, who might retire.
>> Jessica Parratto, 22, IU: Although 10th in the platform final, she was second in the semifinal. She has three more college seasons, supplying a bridge on the way to Tokyo.
>> Alec Yoder, 19, Indianapolis:Injury prevented him from trying for 2016. The Ohio State sophomore was Big Ten Freshman of the Year and NCAA runner-up in pommel horse, an event in which Team USA is traditionally weak. He was Youth Olympics bronze medalist in 2014.
>> Cameron Lindley, 19, Carmel: Former Guerin Catholic basketball point guard is a North Carolina freshman. He is on the under-20 national team and was U.S. Soccer’s 2015 youth Player of the Year. Team USA has not qualified in men’s soccer for the Olympics, an under-23 tournament, since 2008.
>> Claire Adams, 18, Carmel:A broken hand ruined a backstroke bid by the Texas freshman. She was 16-of-16 in high school state meets. At December’s Duel in the Pool, she beat Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, a triple gold medalist, in the 100-meter backstroke.
>> Amy Bilquist, 19, Carmel: How close was she to a medal? At the Olympic trials, she finished third in the 100-meter backstroke, beating gold medalists Missy Franklin and Natalie Coughlin and coming within .09 of silver medalist Kathleen Baker. Bilquist, a Cal sophomore, will contend in multiple events.
>> Anya Goeders, 15, Lowell: Junior nationals champion in 50 freestyle nearly made Olympic trials final. Does not participate in high school swimming.
>> Drew Kibler, 16, Carmel: He has Ledecky-ian range, from 50- to 400-meter freestyle. Junior nationals champ in 200 free – with No. 5 time in 15-16 history (1:49.93) – is in this week’s Junior Pan Pacific meet in Maui.
>> Lilly King, 19, Evansville/IU: Don’t count on the IU sophomore stopping at two golds. There are more out there. No breaststroker has won back-to-back in the 100 at the Olympics since 1980. King has room to improve in the 200, too.
>> Cody Miller, 24, IU: Breaststroke bronze doesn’t mean he is through. Brendan Hansen won medals eight years apart, 2004 and 2012.
>> Blake Pieroni, 20, Valparaiso/IU: He accelerated his timetable by making it to an Olympics after his sophomore season. He is a candidate in 100 and 200 freestyles.
Track and field
>> Andy Bayer, 26, Leo/IU: Surely he will be on a U.S. team soon. He was fourth at national meets in 2012, 2015, and 2016, with top three making it. Former NCAA 1,500-meter champion trains with silver medalist Evan Jager for the steeplechase at Portland, Ore.
>> Devynne Charlton, 20, Purdue: Injury knocked her out of outdoor season. Bahamian hurdler achieved a momentous feat in the Big Ten indoors: She beat Olympic finalists Cindy Ofili (Great Britain/Michigan, fourth) and Pedrya Seymour (Bahamas/Illinois, sixth). Charlton was third in indoor NCAAs.
>> Derek Drouin, 26, IU: Canadian could become first repeat champion in Olympic high jump. He could also be the second three-time medalist. The other was Sweden’s Patrik Sjoberg (silvers in 1984 and 1992, bronze in 1988).
>> Lynna Irby, 17, Indianapolis: After winning under-18 and under-20 world silver medals, the Pike High School senior is internationally experienced. Could she and Ashley Spencer give Indy half the U.S. 1,600 relay team?
2020, I got next 🙋🏾— Lynna Irby (@monalynna_smile) August 21, 2016
>> Ashley Spencer, 23, Indianapolis:Bronze is prelude for her in the 400-meter hurdles, an event in which her coach believes she can eventually set a world record.
>> Deakin Volz, 19, Bloomington: After a sputtering freshman season at Virginia Tech, he jumped to three personal bests on the same night in winning pole vault gold at the under-20 world juniors. His 18-foot, 6½-inch vault ranks No. 3 on all-time U.S. junior list.
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