Alan Somers

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Alan Somers
Personal information
Full name Alan Brounell Somers
Nationality  United States
Born (1941-07-30) July 30, 1941 (age 73)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 163 lb (74 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Indianapolis Athletic Club
College team Indiana University

Alan Brounell Somers (born July 30, 1941) is an American former competition swimmer and world record-holder who represented the United States at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy. Somers competed in the men's 400-meter freestyle, finishing fifth in the event final with a 4:22.0. He also qualified for the final of the men's 1,500-meter freestyle, and clocked a time of 18:02.8 and finished seventh overall.[1]

Somers was a member of a U.S. team that set a new world record of 8:17.0 in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay on July 23, 1960; the record was broken by an Australian relay team less than a month later.

Somers attended Indiana University, where he swam for coach Doc Counsilman's Indiana Hoosiers swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. He received eight All-American honors as a college athlete, and won three Big Ten Conference individual championships in the 1,500-meter (1961, 1962) and 1,650-yard (1963) freestyle events.[2]

He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1968 and specialized in neurology.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Alan Somers. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Indiana University, University Honors & Awards, Alan Somers. Retrieved February 3, 2013.

External links[edit]

  • Alan Somers – Olympic athlete profile at