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Barbara Bliss Mahnke


At Rochester:

  • Qualified for the NCAA Championships in four straight years
  • Anchored six different relays to All-America honors
  • Helped Rochester place 13th out of 63 teams at the NCAAs as a senior
  • Qualified for NCAAs in the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, and 400 medley relay each setting a school record
  • Her 400 medley relay team earned All-America honors in four straight years with a best finish of 6th place nationally
  • Set several individual records in freestyle and individual medley events

Post Graduate:

  • Moved to Hickory, North Carolina and worked for 22 years at SIECOR/Corning Cable Systems in engineering, sales, and various other management positions
  • Taught math at a local university, then taught math and physics at a local high school
  • Married Peter Mahnke in 1961 and they raised four boys
  • Her hobbies in retirement include quilting, playing the cello, and rescuing dog