Dana Schoenfield

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Dana Schoenfield
Personal information
Full name Dana Lee Schoenfield
Nationality  United States
Born (1953-08-13) August 13, 1953 (age 61)
Harvey, Illinois
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 146 lb (66 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Breaststroke
Club Orange County Cypress Athletic Club
College team University of California, Los Angeles

Dana Lee Schoenfield (born August 13, 1953) is an American former swimmer who participated in the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany and won a silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Early life[edit]

Schoenfield was born in Harvey, Illinois and spent her childhood in Schererville, Indiana. She first learned to swim at the local Sherwood Golf and Swim Club, where she began to excel in the breaststroke. Her family relocated to Anaheim, California in 1963 where she, along with her brother Michael, actively swam on the Disneyland Hotel Swim Team. She qualified for the Women's Senior National Championships in the 200-meter breaststroke at age 12, the youngest swimmer to participate. As a 14 year-old, Schoenfield was the second fastest Women's 200 meter breaststroke swimmer in the country, and just missed making the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team. She would have been the youngest swimmer on the U.S. Team. After semi-retiring for the next 3 years, she was a varsity cheerleader for Loara High School in Anaheim, California.

1972 Summer Olympic Games[edit]

After graduation, Schoenfield, along with her swim coach Ray Woods, began a one-year regimen of serious training in an effort to make the 1972 Olympic Team. At the 1972 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, she qualified first in the 200 m breaststroke, with a personal best time of 2:43.7. At the Munich Olympic Games, she was not expected to 'medal' as she had just the 4th fastest time/ranking for 1972. She placed fourth in the qualifying heats, and was in lane 6 for the Munich final. With her swim idol, Galina Prozumenschikova-Stepanova of Russia swimming in lane 3, she out-touched Stepanova with a time of 2:42.03, another personal best. Beverly Whitfield of Australia, on the outside No. 7 lane, beat Schoenfield for the gold medal at 2:41.7.

College career[edit]

After the 1972 Olympics, Shcoenfield attended University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she helped start the UCLA Bruins women's swimming team under the auspices of the AIAW. In 1973, she qualified for the World University Games in Moscow, Russia. Afterward, retiring from swimming, she was selected to the 1975-76 UCLA Spirit Squad as a Songgirl/Dance Team member, where she performed at the 1976 Rose Bowl and the NCAA men's basketball Final Four. She met her husband, Bob Reyes, a UCLA football player, when they shared their first kiss after the Rose Bowl win.

Later years[edit]

Schoenfield and her husband Bob Reyes have two daughters, Taylor and Sammee. The family now resides in Dana Point, California. She is a swim coach and dean at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.

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