Who would like to have Doc Counsilman as a Mentor?

Posted: February 25, 2013 by srcrone in IU Women's Sports
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Jennifer Hooker now Jennifer Brinegar loved it.  Jennifer and I share a little bit more than just birthdays… we share the love of Indiana as well as the love of Bloomington.

Photo Courtesy of: homepages.indiana.edu

Photo Courtesy of: homepages.indiana.eduUniversity as well as the love of swimming, even though she would beat me in a race every time.

Jennifer was born here in Bloomington, IN and started swimming when she was two years old.  Once she was a little older, she started attending swimming camps and lessons on IU’s campus.  This is where Doc Counsilman first saw the young star.  From then on, Doc started allowing her to come and watch the men’s practices.  She just watched and listened as he helped each and every swimmer whether they walked on to the team or on scholarship.

Once she started high school, Doc encouraged her to go to a different more challenging school than Bloomington South.  Jennifer ended up at Kentucky where she finally qualified for nationals in a couple different events.

After graduation, she moved back to attend IU.  Even though the women’s swimming program wasn’t the best, she helped it along.  She helped usher in their first Big Ten Championship while breaking record after record, some of which still stand today.

Doc Counsilman kept pushing her to try out for the ’76 Olympics while Jennifer wanted to wait til ’80.  In the end, she was glad she tried out because she became part of the US’s gold medal relay team as well as placing top five in two other freestyle events.  Jennifer also was thankful she didn’t wait till ’80 because of the USA’s protest during those games.

Jennifer left Bloomington for many years to obtain a Law Degree, but eventually came back and worked in a few offices on campus, including the one that turned in Sampson for his unethical recruiting practices.

In 1999, Jennifer was finally inducted into the Indiana University Athletic Hall of Fame.  The Herald Time’s even wrote an article about her and all of her accomplishments.

Doc Counsilman as well as Bloomingotn was Jennifer’s key into swimming stardom.  She not only realizes this, but she also embraces it.

I was just really fortunate to be born where I was born and live where I lived and to work with someone like Doc Counsilman. If I had been born anywhere else, I might not have had those opportunities.

Photo Courtesy of: homepages.indiana.edu

Photo Courtesy of: homepages.indiana.edu

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