Amanda Murdock Diehl ’92 Inducted 2011
Amanda Murdock Diehl delivered one of the more memorable moments in Gustavus Athletics history on March 8, 1991 when the junior gymnast thrilled a standing room only crowd in the Lund Center Forum by posting a score of 9.60 on the floor exercise on the final routine of the meet, which allowed the Gusties to win the national team title by two-tenths of a point over rival UW-Oshkosh (145.55 to 145.35). In addition, Diehl's floor exercise score allowed her to claim the national all-around title with an all-time record total of 37.0. Diehl played a major role in helping the Gustavus gymnastics team claim three consecutive national titles (1990, 1991, and 1992) during her standout career. The Casper, Wyoming native established herself as one of the all-time greats in the storied history of Gustie gymnastics as she claimed three individual national titles including a vault title in 1990, and all-around and floor exercise titles in 1991. She also earned All-America honors seven different times including three on the floor exercise, two in the all-around and two on the vault. In the spring of 1991, Diehl was named one of six finalists for the Honda Award, which is presented to the top gymnast in all divisions of collegiate gymnastics. She was the first Division III gymnast to ever be named a finalist for this prestigious award.
After graduating cum laude in 1992 with majors in biology and psychology, Diehl attended medical school at Creighton University graduating in 1996. She then served residencies in pediatrics at Creighton and the University of West Virginia. She has worked as a pediatrician in Rapid City, South Dakota for the past 11 years including the last four years at Community Health of Black Hills. In addition to her pediatric practice, Diehl regularly travels to Haiti where she does medical relief work. Amanda lives in Rapid City with her husband Tony and their three children Alexa, Zachary, and Kendall.