Swimming made Sue Walsh who she is


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It’s hard to fathom, but Sue Walsh is about to send her youngest child off to college. Shawn Stankavage is headed for Vanderbilt on a football scholarship. Kids these days would compare him to Johnny Manziel, but his mother’s generation would see the next Fran Tarkenton.

It’s hard to fathom because it seems like yesterday when Walsh was going off to college after pit stopping in Moscow for a gold medal. At least that was the plan when the former swimming prodigy from Hamburg graduated early from Mount Mercy Academy and skipped prom to train for the 1980 Summer Olympics.

“And I’d do it all over again,” Walsh said by phone last week.

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