Archive for the ‘IU Men’s Swimming’ Category

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.

I’ll be the first to admit it- with men’s basketball March Madness in full effect, it is easy to be one-demensional when it comes to sports viewing.  If you’re anything like me, it is easy to side sweep any- and all- other sports.

Just when you think things can’t get any better- there’s even more to brag about from IU sports fans.  Indiana men’s swimming has qualified 10 swimmers for the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.  In addition, IU will take three relay alternates.

Photo courtesy of Swim World Magazine

Photo courtesy of Swim World Magazine

The Championships will take place March 28-30 at the IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis.

Junior Cody Miller from Las Vegas, Nevada is IU’s top seed in the 200 individual medley.  Just one of four student-athletes entered in the meet with three automatic qualifying times, Miller will lead the way for the Hoosiers.

Photo courtesy of IU Athletics

Photo courtesy of IU Athletics

If you would like to purchase tickets to the event, you can do so here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Swimming-Diving-Championships-tickets/artist/1813503?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name

Maybe it’s fate, or maybe it’s really a lucky name.  Maybe the athletic gods got together and decided to give those with the name Jim Montgomery special talents.

When you type in Jim Montgomery on Google, many big names pop up.  Surprisingly, they all seem to be successful athletes.  There’s the Jim Montgomery ice hockey star.  There is a famous soccer player with the name.  There is  the Jim Montgomery football player, and, of course, there is the Jim Montgomery who rose to fame beginning right here in Indiana.

Jim Montgomery is an American former competition swimmer, four-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder.  He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1986 as well as the IU Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Montgomery was the first man to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle.

Not surprisingly, “our” Montgomery swam under Doc Counsilman during his time at IU, with the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games taking place between his junior and senior years.  After his retirement from college and USA swimming Jim went on to win 14 Masters World Championships from 1986 to 2002.

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Today, Montgomery coaches varsity swimming at the Greenhill School in Addison, Texas.  He is also the owner and founder of the Dallas Masters club team and in 2002 was named USMS Coach of the Year.  He also offers swim workshops, seminars, instructions and public speaking.

If you would like to learn to swim with Jim Montgomery, or even just catch a bigger glimpse into what he’s doing today, check out his website here at http://www.jimmontgomeryswim.com/.

Montgomery also published a book titled “Mastering Swimming” which you can order offline from his website.  He currently gives speeches, seminars and workshops covering everything from adult swimming to learning to train your child for the Olympics.

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While you’re at it, don’t forget to take Montgomery’s swimming quiz to see if you know as much as this Hoosier pro!

http://www.jimmontgomeryswim.com/swimquiz.php

In 1982, Gary Hall was inducted into the IU Hall of Fame.  And rightfully so.  He won 13 Big Ten, eight NCAA and 15 AAU titles.  He was twice the world Swimmer of the Year and an Olympian in 1968,1972 and 1976.  Hall held three world records along with being recognized as the Sullivan Award Winner.

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At IU, Hall swam for famous coach Doc Counsilman.  He specialized in the individual medley. Many note Halls as “the fastest swimmer alive”.

Halls was accepted for medical school at the University of Cincinnati.  He later became an ophthalmologist, and practiced in Phoenix, Arizona.

Halls became  a local celebrity in Phoenix.  He himself appears at his office’s television ads, and he also is on his office’s billboard campaigns.

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His son, Gary Hall, Jr., has become a famous Olympic swimmer as well, starting in the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, getting various gold medals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.  With his son’s participation at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece,  the Halls became the first pair of father and son to make three Olympic appearances.

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Today, Hall is in Seattle,  pursuing a post-athletic career in providing U.S. medical and dental supplies to what he hopes will become an exploding market in China and Europe.

It’s apart of his devotion to combating the effects of diabetes, which he was diagnosed with himself at the peak of his swimming career a decade ago.

Even after being diagnosed with diabetes, not only did Hall keep swimming, he improved, winning gold medals in the 50-meter freestyle, swimming’s hotshot drag race, in both Sydney and Athens.

He is now active in the national and local diabetic community, serving on medical boards and foundations that work to prevent the disease, particularly in children.

Hall and his son own and operate The Race Club summer swim camps in Florida.  The Race Club provides facilities, swimming techniques coaching, swimming training programs, technical instruction, swimming technique videos, fitness and health programs for swimmers of all ages and abilities.  To be able to train with The Race Club, one must either have been ranked in the top 20 in the world the past 3 calendar years.

 

Happy Tuesday!

Posted: February 26, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Men's Swimming

I know, Tuesdays can be rough.  To top off your morning, we’ve treated you with a video from the 2012 Indiana Athletics Hall of Fame.  Swimmer and Hoosier Lary Schulhof is hilarious in this clip.  Not to mention, it’s inspiring on a rainy day like this.  Enjoy.

 

What more needs to be said?  Ch-ch-check this Hoosier out and be prepared to be amazed.

Swimming Tips from Coach Huber

Posted: February 19, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Men's Swimming

Spring break is approaching fast.  Impress your friends with some sweet swim tricks.  Here are some diving tips from legendary IU Coach Huber.  Enjoy.

Huber Announces Retirement

Posted: February 5, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Men's Swimming

He’s been here for more than 35 years.  Coaching the highest levels in domestic and international diving, IU’s head coach Jeff Huber announced on Friday that he will be retiring from coaching.

Although he is not an official alumni, Huber is a definite Hoosier and also a professor.  He has been coaching for 24 seasons and made a huge impact on the Diving Team at Indiana.

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One thing is for certain, Huber will sure be missed.  His mark left on the team will be remember forever and his encouragement will be remain present for the team.  Huber is a 12-time U.S. National Coach of the year.

Huber earned the great honor of serving as a coach with the U.S. Olympic Team in 2000, 2004 and 2008.  His divers have competed at the Olympics, Pan Am Games, World University Games, FINA Diving World Cup, and won multiple USA Diving national titles.

Today, Huber is a part-time adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Education Psychology in the Department of Kinesiology at IU.  What’s next for Huber?  We’ll keep you updated.  He will continue to continue with the IU program until August.  For now, we will all cherish the remaining time under Huber’s direction.

Okay, we won’t totally leave you hanging.  Here are a few instructional videos from Huber.  You’re welcome.

Where is he now? Mark Spitz

Posted: February 4, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Men's Swimming

If you thought Bruce Jenner was the only Olympic athlete that today provided motivational speaking, think again.  Mark Spitz, known as the most notable athlete of all time, is not only a swimming champion and celebrity, but also a INDIANA HOOSIER forever.

His swimming career gained him fans much further than Indiana… He is known today world wide.  He stood apart from his competition and became one of the greatest living sports legends.

Mark Spitz has won more gold medals than any athlete in the Olympic history.  He set a world record for the most gold medals received during a single Olympic Games.  His record wasn’t broken until Michael Phelps in 2008.

If that’s not impressive enough, watch this clip.  He speaks at various events, and of course within the first thirty seconds gives a shout out to IU.

Spitz has set 33 world records.  At Indiana, he won eight individual NCAA titles.  He said that choosing Indiana University was “the biggest decision of my life and the best.”  During his time in Bloomington, he was known as Mark the Shark.  We can definitely see where that comes from.

Spitz at Indiana University

Spitz at Indiana University

It seems as if there is nothing this man can’t do.  He is literally talented in more ways than one.  He utilizes his devotion and enthusiasm inside and outside of the water.  Today, he continues to swim speak his way to the top.  A world-renown public speaker, Spitz is a hot commodity.

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  • To keep up with Spitz more closely, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/markspitzusa.
  • He can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/markspitzusafanpage.
  • His official website is http://www.markspitzusa.com/index.html.
Spitz’s accomplishments are well known to IU fans, along with everyone else.  The legacy of Mark Spitz and his impressive performances will always remain proud moments for Hoosier fans.
Added shout out to Spitz’s iconic  stache: As stated on his official website, Spitz is well-know for having an iconic mustache throughout the Olympics, during a time when most swimmers were clean shaven.  Now we know where the new mustache crave stemmed from.  Leave it to one of our best.
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Not everyone gets the opportunity to be an Indiana Hoosier, and even less can say that they have competed in the Olympics.  One thing is for sure, Florida raised and IU graduate Nick Schwab did much more than just splash around during his time in Bloomington.

Schwab was one of three Hoosiers that competed in the London Olympics this summer.  Schwab represented the Dominican Republic at the games.  The Dominican Republic is his mother’s native country.

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In the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China, he wont hit heat and placed 47th overall in the 200-meter freestyle.  In London, he was coached by IU’s Ray Looze.

Schwab represented cream and crimson well, placing 37th overall in the men’s 200 freestyle and winning his heat.

Some might say that the ways of the water have been placed in Schwab’s genes as his father, Mark Schwab, swam for Michigan University in his day.

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On top of his win, it can’t be forgotten that Schwab broke a national record and won his first major gold in the 400

meter freestyle at the Central American and  Caribbean Swimming Championships.

Schwab was sure to say that walking in the opening ceremony for the Dominican Republic’s team was the most amazing experience of his life.

Schwab’s accomplishments mean much to the Dominican Republic, and say a lot about the Hoosiers too.  Coach Looze said that there are other current IU swimmers just as qualified to make the Olympics.

Multiple current and former students fought for a chance at the Olympics.  Luckily for current swimmers, Schwab set a high mark for Hoosiers and future Olympians to come.

There are plenty of fish in the sea, but very few swim around being IU alumni as well as Olympic athletes.  Watch out Phelps, Nick Schwab spent his time at Indiana… And he continues to swim his way to the top.