Roxy Swenson ’72 Inducted 1992

Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball

Roxy   Swenson

In the early days of the Gustavus' women's athletics, Roxy Swenson was a three-sport standout from 1969 to 1972. Swenson was considered one of the top female collegiate athletes in the state of Minnesota at a time when all colleges participated in one division. She was a four-year starter as a hitter on the volleyball team and helped lead the Bees to second place finishes in the state tournament in 1969 and 1970.
In the winter she directed her energies to the basketball court where she was also a four-year starter at the forward position. She was a captain both her junior and senior seasons and averaged more than 11 points a game each year.
In the spring, Swenson moved to the softball diamond where again she was a four-year starter. Her career batting average was over .400 and she led the team in runs-batted-in every season. After graduating from Gustavus with an education degree, she settled in Fort Dodge, Iowa, where she taught physical education at the Fort Dodge Junior High School for more than 20 years. She was also heavily involved in coaching various sports, 11 years as volleyball coach, 18 years as basketball coach, and 19 years as track coach. In 1993, Swenson received her master's degree in Effective Teaching from Drake University.