Most students are thrilled to graduate with honors and maybe even be lucky enough to have a job lined up. Blugold alumna Carolyn Sheild, a biology graduate, had an even longer list of accolades behind her name by the time she graduated summa cum laude from UW-Eau Claire in December 1984.
Sheild was the first Blugold to receive All-American honors in four sports: Swimming, Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track. Her two seasons of swimming competition took her to the National Championships in both 1981 and 1982. In 1981 her team placed third in the 400 free relay. In both 1981 and 1982 her team took second in the 800 free relay. The 1982 relay team members Laura Ladwig, Mary Robertson, Sheild, and Stephanie Thompson set a school record of 7:58.839 at the National Championships.
Sheild was also named Eau Claire's Leader-Telegram Female Athlete of the Year in 1983, First Team College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American in 1984, and was inducted into the UW-Eau Claire Women's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988. She also found a place in the NAIA District 14 Hall of Fame, where she was inducted in 1994.
Second place 800m freestyle relay team. Pictured from left to right are Laura Ladwig, Jenny Eberlin, Carolyn Sheild, and Holly Hanson.