Rochelle Schmidt Swanson, originally from Indianola, Nebraska, graduated from Doane in May 2004 and was a two-sport athlete for the Tigers while setting sights on becoming a nurse following her graduation. During her time at Doane, Schmidt was a 16-time All-American in track and field while earning Third Team All-American honors in volleyball during her senior season. On Wednesday, August 18, Doane received notification from the NAIA that Schmidt will be inducted into the NAIA Hall-of-Fame in May 2011 prior to the start of the Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Marion, Indiana.
Schmidt was named the Doane Female Athlete-of-the-Year in 2003 and 2004 while receiving the Omaha World Herald State College Female Athlete-of-the-Year honor in 2003 and the Lincoln Journal Star State College Female Athlete-of-the-Year honor in 2004.
Each year, Schmidt arrived on campus with the fall sports athletes to prepare for her volleyball season. She excelled on the court, earning All-GPAC honors in each of her four years, twice on Second Team and twice on First Team. The Tigers qualified for the NAIA National Tournament in 2002 (junior season). She was named First Team All-Region IV after helping guide the team to the Region IV championship. Schmidt was named Co-MVP of the Region IV tournament that season.
Schmidt closed out her volleyball career in 2003, earning All-American honors. She graduated holding the school record in digs (1,926) and service aces (227). She has fallen to third on the digs list over recent years but still holds the mark for service aces while sitting third all-time in kills with 1,704.
Turning to track & field following the completion of volleyball, Schmidt used here athleticism and competitive edge to set the school records in the long and triple jump, marks that still stand today. Her career best marks in each event came during her senior campaign. For the indoor season, she holds a mark of 19-04.75 in the long jump and 40-06.00 in the triple jump. Her marks during the outdoor season that year topped out at 19-02.25 in the long jump and 41-03.50 in the triple jump.
In 2003, her junior season, Schmidt swept the triple jump crowns, winning the indoor and outdoor NAIA titles. She received runner-up honors in both long jump events. In 2004, she defended her indoor triple jump crown while earning the long jump crown as well. During the outdoor season, she finished runner-up in the triple jump.
She won several long and triple jump competitions in the GPAC meets, setting the outdoor school record at the meet her senior year. She also received GPAC Outstanding Female Performer-of-the-Meet honors following the competition. She was a member of eight GPAC Championship teams, helping her team sweep the trophies each year.
Schmidt now lives in Gretna with her husband, Scott (Doane '03), and their daughter, Anisten, and is a registered nurse. Scott was also an All-American for the Tigers in the high jump. She is the daughter of Les & Nancy Schmidt.
Courtesy: Doane Media Relations