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Paynesville Press - October 11, 2006

Gustie inducted into Hall of Fame

Dee (Sand) Johnson of Paynesville was inducted into the Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Nine Gustie athletes were inducted this year, bringing membership in the Hall of Fame, established in 1978, to 215 members.

Johnson, a 1988 Gustavus grad, earned All Conference honors in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference three times in tennis, helped the Gusties to two conference titles and a record of 55-15 during her four-year career, and earned All American honors her senior year.

The Gusties won conference titles in 1988 and 1989, with Johnson winning the #6 singles title in the MIAC in 1987 and the #3 singles title in 1988.

During her senior year, she teamed with Mary Sutherland Ryerse to form a doubles team that was ranked #3 nationally. They advanced to the semifinals at the NCAA Division III tournament before falling to the eventual national champions, earning All American honors for reaching the semis.

The Gusties went 18-3 during Johnson's senior year and finished fourth at nationals, their highest team finish at the time.

Johnson, a biology major with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy, worked as a tennis professional following a short stint as a physical therapy aid after graduation.

She continues to teach tennis through Paynesville Community Education and also has coached tennis at Rocori and the College of St. Ben's. She currently works in abstracting at the Amundson and Johnson Law Office in Paynesville.

She and her husband Dave have three children: Ella, 8; Eric, 6; and Luke, 6.

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