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40 years tribute: Debbie Adam-Schall

BY ANDRES FOCIL
40 years tribute: Debbie Adam-Schall

To honor 40 years of swimming and diving at the University of Arkansas, we took some time to get in touch with some former swimmers and divers to reflect on their time at the UA and find out where they are now. Debbie Adam-Schall was a member of the swimming and diving team from 1976-78 where she specialized as a backstroke swimmer. Adam-Schall also qualified for nationals while a member of the swimming and diving team.

What years were you a member of the swimming and diving team?

I swam with the Lady Razorbacks from 1976 through 1978. I actually earned one of the few female swimming scholarships after I walked on in the fall of 1976. I had considered retiring from the sport after high school, but could not stand being away. I walked on the team after getting my desire to compete back by participating in the intramural program. What was your specialty on the team?

My specialty was 100 yardbackstroke. In competition, I swam any stroke that was needed especially in relays. I even swam the butterfly in one meet which was my weakeststroke. I learned to breathe to the side or not at all which helped to speed me up. I actually earned one of the few female swimming scholarships after I walked on in the fall of 1976. I had considered retiring from the sport after high school, but could not stand being away. I walked on the team after getting my desire to compete back by participating in the intramural program. What made you decide to come to Arkansas and swim/dive for the Razorbacks?

I am a third generation Fayetteville girl and I have deep roots at the University of Arkansas. My grandfather, Alfred Lussky,taught in the foreign language departmentfrom the mid-1920s until he retired and then continued teachinguntil his mid-eighties by correspondence. Both my mother, Katherine Lussky-Adamand my uncle, John Lussky,graduated from Arkansas in themid 50’s. I had also gotten to know Coach Fedosky and his familywhen hecoached our AAU team during the summer and his kids also swam and worked as lifeguards with me at the Fayetteville City Pool. We also had many of the male RAzorback swimmers as coaches during the summer. What was your most memorable moment while on the team?

My most memorable moment was when they announced during the halftime of a Razorback basketball game that I had qualified for nationals. How did being a member of the team help you through college?

It kept me out of trouble. Between swimming and keeping my grades up, there was not much time or energy to get involved in much else. I enjoyed being part of the team effort as well as pursuing my own individual goals as I competed. I also loved thephysical benefits of being in shape and in top competitive form. It was fun to be part of the camaraderie at swim meets. Did you win any awards or accolades while at Arkansas? What was your biggest individual and team accomplishment while at Arkansas?

I held the record at the University for 100 yard backstrokewhile I was there andI also was the only female swimmer to qualify for national competition during my time at the University of Arkansas. While you were on the team can you discuss the impact it had on you while you were in school?

Iloved being part of the Razorback swimming and diving program. It felt like family since I had known many of my teammates since high school and I also made many newfriends on both the men’s and women’s teams. How did being a swimmer at Arkansas help/impact you later on in your life?

I learned to work hard to reach my goals. What was your major?

I majored in Commercial Art. What are you doing now and where do you live?

I moved back to Fayetteville in 2006 after being away for over 25 years. I have recently started a business that is growing rapidly called, "Debbie’s Gourmet English Toffee". Making the toffee has been a hobby for many years and the time came to take it to the next level.

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Tara Blankenship (Reynolds)

Helen Gorman

Becky Morrison (Ralph)

Laurie (Dolgas) Zack



Sports Category : Swimming & Diving (W)