On Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 during the halftime of the Saint Gertrude and Thomas Jefferson game, Beth O’Conner Baker, Peggy Terrell Perkins and Theresa Williams Harvey will be inducted in the Saint Gertrude High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Beth O’Conner Baker, from the Class of 1979, played field hockey but was a standout swimmer. As a 12 year old, she broke the national record in the 50m Freestyle and was one of the top 10 swimmers in the nation. During her junior and senior years at Saint Gertrude, she broke several state Catholic swim records. She continued her swimming career at the University of Virginia where she was a 10 time NCAA All-American numerous events. In 1981 she was named UVA’s Outstanding Female Athlete and in 1982 was the ACC 200m Fly champion. She graduated UVA as the school record holder in four events. After graduation, Baker she has become a national and world champion in numerous swim events. She was elected to the UVA Swimming Hall of Fame in 1999, was named 2001 US Masters Swimmer of the Year and has been featured in Sports Illustrated and Swimmer Magazine. She currently is coaching at American University.
Peggy Terrell Perkins, from the Class of 1956, excelled in the only two sports offered at the school at the time, field hockey and basketball. As a sharp shooting forward, she guided her team to a 32 game winning streak and helped her team win three consecutive Catholic Tournament Championships from 1954-1956. During the 1954 tournament, she set a record for the most free throws made in one game. In the 1955 tournament, she was named Most Valuable Player. She went on to coach tennis, basketball, softball and little league baseball. Two of her daughters were state tennis champions and her son was the starting point guard on a state championship basketball team. She currently stays busy bowling, playing tennis and keeping up with her 15 grandchildren.
Theresa Williams Harvey, from the Class of 1975, was a standout field hockey and basketball player. She was an All-State Catholic basketball player her junior and senior seasons and was named MVP in the 1975 State Catholic Basketball Tournament. She continued her athletic career at Virginia Commonwealth University where she played basketball and field hockey. In 1978 she was named to the Tidewater All-Tournament Field Hockey Team and in 1979 was named VCU Female Athlete of the Year. In 1996, she was inducted to the VCU Sports Hall of Fame. She currently works at Loveland Distributing and has officiated basketball and field hockey for more than 20 years.
Inductees were chosen because of their excellence in athletics, their significant contributions to the Gator athletic department, their recognition at the conference and state level and their tremendous character, leadership and integrity.
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