Susan Swanson ’79 Inducted 1998
Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball
A gifted three-sport athlete, Sue Swanson was a four-year starter in volleyball, basketball and softball from 1975 to 1979. Sue and fellow Hall of Famer Roxy Swenson are the only two female athletes to be awarded 12 letters at Gustavus.
In volleyball, Swanson was an outside hitter with outstanding serving abilities. She is the only volleyball player at Gustavus to receive the "Queen Bee" award as the team's top server four times.
In 1975, Swanson was an integral part of the Gustie Bee team that compiled a record of 31-9 and placed 16th at the AIAW National Tournament. She was selected to the All-State Tournament team in 1978.
In basketball, she was a four-year starter at guard finishing her career with an average of 9.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. In 1976, Swanson was a starter on the squad that compiled a record of 2-1 at the state tournament winning the consolation title.
In softball, Swanson was the team's starting pitcher for four years and her teammates selected her as the Most Valuable Player in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. In 1977, Sue helped lead the squad to record of 12-5 and a fifth place finish at the state tournament.
A recognized leader during her four years at Gustavus, Swanson was captain of the volleyball, basketball and softball teams in both her junior and senior seasons. A cum laude graduate with a major in physical education, Sue taught physical education and health at Norwood-Young America High School and coached volleyball, basketball and softball for several years.
She moved to Boulder, Colorado and landed a job with the Boulder Park and Recreation Department while also pursuing a masters in business administration at Phoenix University. Upon completion of her masters, Swanson accepted a position with Farmers Insurance as a management trainee and has moved up through the ranks to her current position as Liability claims manager.
Sue currently lives in Englewood, Colorado.