Bonnie Glasgow Rhodes – Honor Athlete

Even before she was eight years old, Bonnie Glasgow-Rhodes was an international swimmer. Bonnie Glasgow spent her early Age Group career swimming in Italy where her father served in the Armed Forces. Swimming as a family, the swimming Glasgow’s made a name for themselves in European Age Group swimming. By l976, after returning to the United States, Bonnie had enrolled in the nationally known Age Group Program at KCO under Reds Hucht.

Bonnie moved quickly to the forefront of local swimming, winning at all events and distances. After only a year in the States, she narrowly missed the l976 Olympic Team in the 400 IM. Her Fourth place earned her alternate status for the team. In l977, while a Glen Burnie High Senior, Bonnie “put on a Bonnie Swim Show,” as the Baltimore Sun headlined it, at the AAU Nationals in Canton, Ohio. In that meet Bonnie set an American Record (4:20.69) in the 400 yard IM, while finishing Second behind Canadian, Nancy Garapick. Later in the meet Bonnie set another American Record in the heats of the 200 IM (2:04.61), and time again bettered two heats later by Garapick. Bonnie left the meet with two American Records as only a senior in High School.

In the summer of l977, Bonnie, now as a Senior Level Athlete, returned to the international scene by winning three Gold Medals at the World University Games in Sophia, Bulgaria. That fall, Bonnie attended the University of Miami and swam under Charlie Hodgson. Coach Hodgson remembers Bonnie as the “toughest swimmer he ever knew.” “In the Fall Bonnie needed to have her tonsils out and within six hours she was doing push-ups and sit-ups in her hospital room. She had an awesome pain threshold.” In the spring of l978, Bonnie demonstrated her toughness and versatility again in winning the AIAW 500 Free. After Title IX coaching changes at Miami, Bonnie transferred to Arizona State University where she was three times Academic all-American to add to her 21 time collegiate all-American Swimming honors.

In l979 Bonnie came home to train with Reds Hucht in preparation for the l980 Moscow Olympics. In the summer of l979, Bonnie again starred at the World University Games in Mexico City, winning one Gold and one Silver Medal while serving as team captain and flag bearer.

In the summer of l980, Bonnie again was a finalist at Olympic Trials and captained a US Team in Honolulu. After graduation, Bonnie continued her swimming leadership at United States Swimming Conventions and served on the Board of Directors in l984-85.