Former Swimmer one of IU’s most generous supporters

Posted: April 23, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Men's Swimming

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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