Dana Schoenfield

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American swimmer

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According to Wikipedia, Dana Lee Schoenfield is an American former competition swimmer who won a silver medal in the 200-metre breaststroke at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Early life 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 U.S. team for the 1968 Summer Olympics. After semi-retiring for the next three years, she was a varsity cheerleader for Loara High School in Anaheim, California.

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