Susan Walsh (swimmer)

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Susan Walsh
Susan Walsh 1981.jpg
Walsh at the 1981 Universiade
Personal information
Full nameSusan Walsh
National team United States
Hamburg, New York
College teamUniversity of North Carolina

Susan Walsh (born 1962),[1] also known by her married name Susan Stankavage, is an American former competition swimmer who won two medals at the 1982 World Aquatics Championships.[2] She qualified for the 1980 Summer Olympics in the 100-meter backstroke, but could not compete because of their United States-led boycott of the Soviet-hosted games. She was 0.01 seconds short of qualifying for the 1984 Olympics in the same event.[3]


Walsh was born in Hamburg, New York, as the youngest of five children and started swimming because of her father Bob, a swimming official. She graduated from the Mount Mercy Academy and then from the University of North Carolina (1984), with a degree in business administration and accounting. In 1987 she became assistant swimming coach and in February 1989 started working at the Educational Foundation, better known as the Ram's Club.[3][4]

In 2003, she was inducted to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.[5] In the 2000s, she was still competing in swimming in the masters category. In 2007, she set six world records in the 45–49 age group at the 2007 United States Master's Swimming Championships.[6]


She was married to Scott Stankavage, a former American football quarterback, from 1986 to 1997. They had three children: Sarah and Shelby are swimmers,[3][7] and Shawn plays football.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Susan Walsh.
  2. ^ Sue WALSH.
  3. ^ a b c Jim Sumner (February 15, 2007). Looking Back... Sue Walsh Found Swimming Success at North Carolina.
  4. ^ SUE WALSH Director of Endowment & Legacy Gifts.
  5. ^ Sue Walsh 2003.
  6. ^ Sue Walsh Sets Six World Records at U.S. Master's Swimming Championships. Tarheeltimes (August 15, 2007).
  7. ^ Shelby Stankavage.
  8. ^ Greg Mintel (September 10, 2012). Gibbons QB Stankavage just enjoys playing.
  9. ^ Carolina Swimming and Diving 2006–07 Media Guide, pp. 35–36