Washington Gymnasts Who Competed in College - Women of the 1960's

Joyce Tanac Schroeder
Joyce Tanac Schroeder

Joyce Tanac Schroeder

University of Washington 1969-1974
Club - Seattle YMCA

Joyce is one of our state's most decorated gymnasts. Began tumbling at 10. Started at Seattle "Y" in 1963 with George Lewis. Frank Hailand was early influence. She was first YMCA National AA Champion. Holds National Championships in AAU, USGF, and YMCA. She performed the one arm handstand on the beam at the 1967 Pan Am Games. The Tanac dismount on unevens is named for her.
1965-'66 -National YMCA Women's AA Champ.
1966 World Games team.
1966 Pan Am Game's, 2nd AA.
1968 Olympic Trials, 1st AA.
1968 US Olympic team. (Team was 6th, Joyce was 30th AA.) 1969-'74 UW Women's Team. 1969 won Senior Nationals AA -USGF.
1969 First USGF World Cup, 3rd AA. 1969 Pacific Coast Invitational 1st AA.
1969 AAU National AA Champ and placed frist in every individual event. Member U.S. Collegiate All Star team. UW Hall of fame.
1990 inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
2003 inducted into the USA Gymnastics WA Hall of Fame.
Lives in Spokane.


Ruth Rabinovitch

University of Washington 1969-1971

Maureen Ryan

University of Washington 1969-1971

Barbara Cook Newton

University of Washington 1964, 1966-1967
Club - Seattle "Y"

Graduate of Roosevelt HS. Trained at the Seattle "Y". 1964 UW team member - went to National College Championship with the team that placed 2nd in 1966 and 1967. Was on the 1968 Seattle Gymnastics Club team that toured Asia. Taught PE at Roosevelt High School.

Karen Patoile Wisen

University of Washington 1964-1966

Karen started competing in the 7th grade on the Mercer Island tumbling team. She transferred to the UW after competing in Minnesota at Gustavus Adolphus on their very first gymnastics team. Karen became captain of the team, which took 2nd at the first ever Collegiate Women's Invitations Gym Meet. (Southern Ill.)

Started judging while still at UW. She went with George Lewis and his team to USGF Nationals. A judge didn't show up, so Jackie Kline Fie had Karen judge. The next year they sent her to the Pan Am Games and then the FIG course in Madrid!
Coached at Ingelmoor High School from 1968 to 1976. Won King-Co every year and won 3 State Championships.
Became Brevet judge in the early 1970's.
Judged the 1984 Olympics.
USGF/USAG Regional Technical Director 1971-1995.
Goodwill Games, Seattle, 1990 Technical Director.
Charter Member of NAWGJ.
Karen was inducted into the WSGCA Hall of Fame in 1998.
USA Gymnastics WA Hall of Fame 2004.
(Died 2014)


Dale McClements Kephart
Dale McClements Kephart

Dale McClements Kephart

University of Washington 1962-1967
Club - Seattle YMCA

Born 12/31/44. Moved to Seattle 1959 from Canada. Attended Highline High School. Also was a Gym Kamper. Turned out for high school gymnastics and also Seattle "Y". Our states most notable woman gymnast and women's international level coach. Named to the AAU All American Women's Gymnastic Teams. Graduated from UW and University of Nevada. (Grad work in PE)
Coached at Jerry Penney's Christmas Camps in the 1970's. Listed in the USGF 1973 Who's Who.
1962 National AA Champion and 1st on vault, 3rd on beam, 4th bars, 6th floor. (Held in Seattle.)
1962 Member of USA World Championships Team, Prague, Czech.
1963 USA Pan Am Games, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Team gold medal, vault gold, bars and AA silver.
1963 National Championships: 2nd AA; 1964 National Championships, 3rd AA.
1964 1st AA at Olympic Trials.
1964 Olympic Team Member, Tokyo. Top USA scorer.
1965 UW Women's Club team member. Team attended the first ever National Women's Gymnastics College Championships. 1st vault, bars, floor. 4th all-around. Team placed 2nd. 1965 National Championships. 2nd AA.
1965 Member of USA Team to International Gymnaestrada in Vienna, Austria.
1966 Member of USA Team at World Championships.
Received International Judges Rating in 1968 (F.I.G. Brevet level judge)
Judged 1968 Olympics. Judged Nationally and Internationally from 1968 to 1988.
Brevet Judge from 1968-2001.
1966 First Women's Pacific NW Collegiate Invitational meet, coached with George Lewis and Dale Shirley. She was Assistant coach at the Seattle YMCA and choreographer for UW Team. 1966 UW has official Women's Gymnastics Team, with Dale and Dale Shirley as coaches. 1967-69 McKnight Jr. High and Hazen High Schools in Renton, WA, and Assistant Coach at Seattle YMCA.
1970-78 U of Nevada, Reno Head Coach. Co-owner/coach Western Gymnastics Foundation Club in Reno.
1972 Manager/Coach for Women's USA Olympic Team, Munich, Germany.
1975 Head Women's Coach of USA Pan Am Games Team.
1976 Head Women's Coach USA Olympic Team, Montreal.
1978 Co-head coach PNW Gymnastics Schools, Tigard, OR.
1979-81 Head Women's Coach at UC, Berkeley.
1984 Choreographed the Olympic Floor Exercise Compulsory Routine. 1988 Choregraphed the 1988 Olympic Balance Beam Compulsory Routine.
1988-95 Coached Jr. and Sr. High School teams in Anchorage, AK.

1985 Inducted into the Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
1987 First recipient of the "Spirit of the Flame" Award.
1985-89 Chairman of the Jr. Olympic Compulsory Exercises Committee.
1999 UW Hall of Fame,
2003 inducted into USA Gymnastics WA Hall of Fame.


Carol Camp Flaathen

University of Washington 1964
Club - Seattle YMCA

Graduated from Highline High School in 1963. Married UW Husky gymnast Eigel Flaathen from Norway and moved there and coached Olympic members. Was set to go train nationally but fell on bars and hurt her back and was in a cast. Took ballet because she could still use her legs. Carol did Irish Step Dancing as a competitor.

Louise Grant Sussman

Seattle YMCA 1960's

Sharon Heilman Marks

University of Washington 1960's