Dr. Alan Somers began his career at Indiana in the early 1960s.  He won swimming letters in 1961, 1962 and 1963.  He won five Big Ten championships in the 400, 1500 and 1650 freestyles.  He competed in the 1960 Olympics in the 400 and 1500.  Somers won 4 AAU championships in freestyle events.  He owned the American record in the 400 for three years.


According to the IU Varsity Club website, Dr. Alan Somers is one of Indiana swimming’s most decorated athletes and one of the program’s most generous supporters.  Somers, along with other former swimmers and divers, have embarked on a campaign to raise $5 million to fully endow the 9.9 scholarships awarded in men’s swimming and diving to ensure the growth and future success of the nationally adorned programs.


Today, Somers serves as a neurologist in Bloomington and holds two prestigious degrees from IU.  Additionally, Somers serves on the steering committee of the swimming endowment and is key in the fundraising efforts to his former collegiate program.

Giving back means a lot to Somers.

“[IU Swimming] provided me with many of the most important and long lasting friendships,” Somers said.


Let’s not forget, Somers was coached under famous Doc Counsilman.

In 2007, Somers was awarded the Z.G. Clevenger Award, the highest award received for an alumni’s continued, lifelong commitment to Indiana University Athletes.  In 2009, he was inducted into the IU Hall of Fame.


Katrin Koch is originally from Neuffen, Germany, but her alma mater is none other than Indiana University.  She won track letters in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992.  Furthermore, she won Big Ten Medal in 1992, Big Ten indoor shot put title the same year, and the Big Ten outdoor shot put titles in ’91 and ’92.  She was an NCAA champion in the shot put outdoors.


Koch set Big Ten shot put records for both indoors and outdoors, as well as the discus.  From 1993-1998, she served as Indiana’s Assistant Director of Strength and Training and the Head Strength Coordinator from 1998-2004.

In ’04, Koch was named Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at the University of Georgia in May.  She is directly responsible for the Ladydogs basketbal team, the Men’s Tennis and Women’s Soccer Team as well as the Gymdogs while overseeing the development and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for all 15 Olympic UGA varsity sports.


Along with being a student athlete, Koch received her bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts and Art History.  She received her masters in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology from IU in 197.

During her tenure of coaching at IU, Koch worked with teams which combined to win three NCAA Championships and 21 Big Ten Conference and Big Ten Tournament titles.

There are clearly many Indiana Men’s Soccer Players playing professionally, but there are also many who chose not to go pro. This doesn’t make them any less notable, considering most of them contributed to these achievements:

NCAA Men’s Division I Soccer Championship:

  • Winners (8) – 1982, 1983, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2012
  • Runners-Up (6) – 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1994, 2001

Big Ten Conference Tournament:

  • Winners (11) – 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006
  • Runners-Up (3) – 2005, 2007, 2008

Big Ten Regular Season:

  • Winners (14) – 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 20001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010
  • Runners-Up (3) – 1991, 1992, 2005

For this, we applaud all the Hoosiers that made the soccer program as notable as it is today.

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The IU Men’s Soccer Program is Facebook-less.

I know. I was surprised, too. You’d think that such a successful program would promote their team via Facebook, which even come before Twitter, but you’ll just have to resort to @IUMensSoccer for all your updates on the team!

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My most recent video on iusportcom.com. IU Men’s Tennis corrects their mistakes to get a victory in their second match of the day. Seniors Isade Juneau and Josh Mactaggart celebrate Senior Day with a 7-0 shut out against Vincennes. Freshman Sam Monette tells us what the win means to them as a team, especially heading into the Big Ten Tournament the upcoming weekend.

Yes, there’s actually a reason for the skipping class and making bad decisions. I mean, it is college so most students don’t need one, but there is at least some motivation behind this crazy week.

Howdy Wilcox Jr. founded the the Little 500 cycling race in 1951 after the Indianapolis 500. Howdy’s father actually won the Indy 500 in 1919.

The Little 500, or just Little 5, consist of 200 laps around a quarter mile track. Between 4 riders, the teams race to complete 50 miles in the fastest time. There are only four rules:

  1. All riders must use the official Little 500 bike that is provided to them for that year. There can be no toe clips or grips, kick stands, water bottles, air pumps, untaped or unplugged handlebars, or any other add-on accessories.
  2. For the safety of all riders, hard helmets must be worn and buckled at all times, as well as biking gloves.
  3. Each team is required to complete 10 exchanges during the course of the race.
  4. At the 198th lap, all riders not on the lead lap will be asked to move to the back or exit the pack. This is done so that all teams in contention on their last 2 laps can make their attempt to win the race. Teams which do not comply with this rule are believed to be impeding the progress of another rider and will be given a 5- to 20-second penalty or even disqualification, depending on the severity of the violation.

The event has grown into a week long festivity you don’t want to miss. The women’s little 500 was added in 1988 and consists of only 100 laps, or 25 miles. Little 50, a running race, and other Alumni races have been added as well.

But with all that hard work and training, there comes a time for celebration. A lot of celebrating. Every year Bloomington hosts several concerts by some big names in mainstream music. The students and bars take in on themselves to host the rest of the celebrations.

Throughout the years, Little 500 has evolved from just the largest collegiate cycling races, to one of the largest collegiate events, period. It’s not just a day anymore. From the Sunday before to the Sunday after, saying “Little 5” refers to the entire week, not just race day.

This weekend in Wisconsin, the Ladies took down the Badgers with ease.  The highlight of the day was Senior Leslie Hureau winning both No. 1 singles and doubles against Wisconsin.

Photo Courtesy of iuhoosiers.com.

Leslie Hureau (Photo Courtesy of iuhoosiers.com)

Here are the final results from the meet.

Results No. 34 Indiana 7, Wisconsin 0


  1. Leslie Hureau (IND) def. Hannah Berner (WIS) 6-0, 6-1
  2. Katie Klycezk (IND) def. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) 6-4, 6-4
  3. Carolyn Chupa (IND) def. Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) 6-2, 6-1
  4. Alecia Kauss (IND) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) 6-2, 6-3
  5. Sophie Garre (IND) def. Katie Hoch (WIS) 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (10-4)
  6. Jithmie Jayawickrema (IND) def. Pernilla Wohlstrom (WIS) 6-1, 6-0


  1. Leslie Hureau/ Carolyn Chupa (IND) def. Hannah Berner/Lauren Chypyha (WIS) 8-3
  2. Alecia Kauss/Shannon Murdy (IND) susp. Anastasia Tripolskaya/Katie Hoch (WIS) 6-3
  3. Sophie Garre/ Katie Klycezk (IND) def. Helen Rabot/Lauren Burich (WIS) 8-3

With the win this past weekend, IU clenches a winning conference record.  Their current Big Ten record in 6-3, but they will still face Illinois and Northwestern this weekend before the regular season comes to a close.

Next weekend (25-28th), the IU Hoosiers will be competing in the Big Ten Tournament hosted in BLOOMINGTON!  If you would like to see the match ups and find out more about the other teams, visit Big Ten Tournament Central on iuhoosiers.com’s website here!

Sophie Garre (photo courtesy of: iuhoosiers.com)

Sophie Garre (photo courtesy of: iuhoosiers.com)

As the IU Women’s Golf season begins to come to a close, the girls can’t help but bring home a few more trophies!

Photo Courtesy of: iuhoosiers.com

Photo Courtesy of: iuhoosiers.com

This past weekend here in Bloomington the golf team won the Indiana Invitational by three strokes over Kansas.  Toledo, Eastern Michigan, and Ball State also competed this weekend.

The team wasn’t the only one to bring home a trophy, Elizabeth Tong received her third one of the season on Sunday. Tong also won titles this year at the IU Fall Kickoff and the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.  There were also many other notiable wins and accomplishments achieved this past weekend.  To view the whole story, click here.

This first video is Head Coach Wallman recapping the first day of the invitational, while the second one is day two recap along with Lauren Harling, the assistant coach.

If you would like to do some traveling this weekend, go see the women compete against Ohio State in Columbus, OH.