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Swimmer makes splash: Sommerville named Swimmer of the Week

Alice Sommerville

By Aziza Doleh

February 14, 2013

In the past four years Alice Sommerville has won the title of Horizon League’s female “Swimmer of the Week” 11 times at Cleveland State, and she has done it again this week.

Sommerville was incredible, earning three first place finishes on Saturday, Jan. 26 against the University of Akron.

Unfortunately the Vikings lost in a close 144-156 match, but Sommerville had a remarkable night. She took home first place in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, as well as the 100 butterfly. She and her teammates, Nikki Kolis, Joanna Olsson and Gretchen Hestley, took home third in the 200-medley relay.

Sommerville has been a remarkable competitor for the Vikings. She leads the way in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and set a new record in the 200 individual medley.

Head coach Wally Morton is fully aware of how great of an athlete Sommerville is.
“Alice is an incredibly intelligent woman,” Morton said. “She’s a great athlete, and she’s a strong person. She is so special because she pushes herself to the ultimate level.”

Sommerville is a straight-A student majoring in Civil Engineering.
“She is extremely intelligent, and definitely at the top of her game in her studies,” Morton said.

Sommerville comes to Cleveland State from New Zealand, raised by a family of farmers.

“My family has made me a motivated person, coming from nothing,” Sommerville said. “I wouldn’t be here without the support of my family. “

According to many observers, with her record-breaking performance Sommerville will go down in Cleveland State’s athletic history as one of its greatest swimmers.

“I’ve always pushed myself to do better,” Somerville said. “I keep going and going,”
She is currently a senior earning her bachelor’s and, will continue on to earn her master’s as well.