Rhonda Schwandt
Class of 1981

Hometown: Los Alamitos
Current Residence: Corona

Following in the footsteps of Cathy Rigby, Rhonda was the second world level gymnast from Los Alamitos. .

The daughter of longtime Griffin drivers ed teacher and football coach Ron Schwandt, Rhonda took local gymnastics to another level -- reaching the No. 6 gymnast in the world in 1978 and gaining accolades from Sports Illustrated which called her "potentially the best American gymnast ever."

Unfortunately, injuries to her knees and over nine surgeries prevented her from continuing on the international level, but it gave her time to enjoy her years at Los Al, where she competed as a diver.

At UCLA she returned to gymnastics, but on a limited basis, as injuries again limited her activity.

As a coach Rhonda received an award in 2004 for her choreography and as the Level 7 Coach of the Year.

 

Rhonda Schwandt video on Youtube - 1978 World Championships

Aug 1976 - Sports Illustrated - Faces in the Crowd

 

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