As a seven-year-old, Susie was attending an event where a paramedic saved a child from drowning. This left a strong impression on Susie and her parents and they immediately signed her up for swim lessons at the local YMCA. Her first swimming instructor became her long-time coach as Susie excelled in this new sport.
At the young age of 15, she qualified for the USA Olympic Swimming Team for the Mexico City Olympics. After the excitement of these Games, her swim career really took off.
During the next four years, Susie became the most dominating female swimmer in the United and swimming. She captured 23 national titles and set 24 world and American records in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke and individual medley events. She held the world record in the 200-meter backstroke for 3 years and won 14 consecutive U.S. National Championships. At the Munich Olympics, Susie won both a silver and a bronze medal in the 200 and 100-meter backstroke.
Under the current Olympic rules, she would have also won a gold medal in the Women’s 4 x 100-meter medley relay team. Following her career as an elite competitive swimmer, Susie became the Head Swimming coach at The Ohio State University and elevated this program to national prominence.
Susie graduated from both Millikan High School and Whittier College. She also attended graduate school at The Ohio State University. In 1992, Susie was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. She continues to be an active supporter for local charities and community events. She recently celebrated the 25th anniversary for her highly successful State Farm Insurance Agency in Long Beach.