SUSANNA BARRY-RIVERA
Hall of Fame Enshrinee Information

SUSANNA BARRY-RIVERA

Inducted: 2005
Year Graduated: 1986
Sport: Swimming

ACCOMPLISHMENTS/HONORS:

  • Susanna Barry-Rivera blazed a way as a pioneer of Loras women's sports. Even though the four-time high school all-stater and prep Hall of Famer was on campus only four semesters, she left an indelible mark on the Duhawk women's swimming program. In addition, she was a two-year member of the Hawkettes - the college's cheerleading/pom-pom squad.
  • Barry-Rivera began competitive swimming at age five. After two years at Muscatine Community College, she made a big splash in the annual Loras intramural swim meet in February of 1984 - winning and setting records in six events. In addition, she was a member of four record-setting relay teams. Swim Coach Pete Ross convinced her to try competitive intercollegiate swimming.
  • In her brief career, Barry-Rivera set four school individual records (50-yard, 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly) and was part of two more relay records. She was an NAIA all-American in 1985 in the 100-yard butterfly, the same year she qualified for the NAIA Nationals in three events. She held the school record in the 100-yard butterfly until 2001. A standout in the classroom as well, Barry-Rivera was a magna cum laude graduate who majored in physical education and was honored twice as an Academic All-American by the Swimming Coaches Association. Coach Ross called her "one of the most intense competitors and hard-worker I've been around." In 1991, Barry-Rivera was honored along with eight other Loras woman athletes as part of the 10th anniversary of NCAA sponsorship of women's championships.
  • A standout in the classroom as well, Barry-Rivera was a magna cum laude graduate who majored in physical education and was honored twice as an Academic All-American by the Swimming Coaches Association. Coach Ross called her "one of the most intense competitors and hard-worker I've been around." In 1991, Barry-Rivera was honored along with eight other Loras woman athletes as part of the 10th anniversary of NCAA sponsorship of women's championships.
  • A physical education teacher at Central Middle School in Muscatine, Iowa, Barry-Rivera works with special needs people in giving swimming lessons. Husband Matt Rivera ('86) was a standout Loras football and baseball player. The Riveras have three children - Barry, Brance and Benjamin.