1975 WOMEN'S FINAL

The first Women's Superstars final was held in Rotonda, Florida following preliminary rounds a month earlier in Houston. Eleven women, each from a different sport had advanced to the final. On the first day of competition, Laura Ching, who barely qualified for the final, was a surprise leader with second place finishes in swimming and rowing. Softball's Joan Joyce easily won the bowling with a 181 score. Basketball player Karen Logan easily defeated all her competitors in tennis while volleyball player Mary Jo Peppler defeated Ching in rowing and Olympic diving champion Micki King beat Ching in swimming to move within one point of the lead after four events. Wyomia Tyus, Olympic 100 meter champion in 1964 and '68, withdrew from the competition after the first day. Logan defeated King in the 60 yard dash, but the second place finish moved King into the lead. King extended her lead by defeating Logan in the quarter mile run. However, it was Peppler who took the overall crown. Peppler surged into the lead with a runner-up finish in the bike race and then wins in the softball throw and the basketball event. Entering the obstacle course, an event in which Peppler elected not to participate, Peppler led with 41 points, followed by Logan with 38 and King with 34. Logan, who needed just a third place in the obstacle course, recorded the second fastest time, but was charged with a penalty for failing to grasp the last bar on the monkey bars. King also had a chance to win, but she dislodged the bar on the high jump and finished fourth in the obstacle course, giving the first Women's Superstars title to Peppler. This competition was profiled in part in novelist James Michner's Sports in America. The event was held the same time as the third men's preliminary round. The women performed very favorably when compared to the men in similar events, especially swimming, bowling, tennis and the bike race.

Rotonda West, Florida

Competition Dates: January 27-29, 1975

Air Date: February, 1975

Announcer: N/A.

PLC. NAME, SPORT
BOWL TEN ROW SWIM 60 440 BIKE SOFT BSKT OC TOTAL
MONEY
1. Mary Jo Peppler, Volleyball
x
x
10
1
2
1
7
10
10
x
41
$34,100
2. Karen Logan, Basketball
x
10
x
0
10
7
4
7
x
0
38
$13,800
3. Micki King, Diving
x
1
4
10
7
10
x
2
x
2
36
$8,600
4. Kiki Cutter, Alpine Skiing
2
7
x
2
x
4
2
x
7
10
34
$3,400
5. Laura Ching, Surfing
x
2
7
7
1
0
0
x
x
7
24
$2,400
6. Dianne Holum, Speed Skating
1
x
2
4
x
2
10
0
x
4
23
$2,300
7. Barbara O'Brien, Football
7
0
1
0
x
0
x
4
3
x
15
$1,500
8. Joan Joyce, Softball
10
0
0
0
0
x
0
x
1/2
x
10 1/2
$1,050
8. Paula Sperber, Bowling
x
4
0
x
4
x
1
1
1/2
0
10 1/2
$1,050
10. Cathy Rigby, Gymnastics
0
0
x
0
0
0
x
x
3
1
4
$400
10. Wyomia Tyus, Sprinter
4
0
0
x
x
x
0
wd
wd
wd
4
$400

INDIVIDUAL EVENT RESULTS

BOWLING

1. Joan Joyce
181
2. Barbara O'Brien
163
3. Wyomia Tyus
143
4. Kiki Cutter
121
5. Dianne Holum
100
6. Cathy Rigby
91

TENNIS

1. Karen Logan
10
2. Kiki Cutter
7
3. Paula Sperber
4
4. Laura Ching
2
5. Micki King
1
6. Joan Joyce
0
7. Barbara O'Brien
0
7. Cathy Rigby
0
7. Wyomia Tyus
0
Cutter d. O'Brien
6-0
Sperber d. Rigby
6-0
Cutter d. Tyus
6-0
Logan d. Joyce
6-2
Ching d. King
7-6
Cutter d. Sperber
6-2
Logan d. Ching
6-2
Logan d. Cutter
6-2

ROWING - 100 yards

1. Mary Jo Peppler
50.48
51.94
2. Laura Ching
50.67
52.48
3. Micki King
54.49
4. Dianne Holum
54.50
5. Barbara O'Brien
55.97
6. Joan Joyce
56.86
 
7. Paula Sperber
59.98
 
8. Wyomia Tyus
1:03.01
 

SWIMMING - heat 1 (25 meters)

1. Micki King
14.54
2. Dianne Holum
15.51
3. Mary Jo Peppler
15.74
4. Cathy Rigby
18.55
5. Joan Joyce
19.51

SWIMMING - heat 2 (25 meters)

1. Laura Ching
14.77
2. Kiki Cutter
15.62
3. Karen Logan
16.53
4. Barbara O'Brien
23.60

SWIMMING - final (50 meters)

1. Micki King
32.24
2. Laura Ching
32.63
3. Dianne Holum
34.26
4. Kiki Cutter
35.34
5. Mary Jo Peppler
38.00

60 YARD DASH - heat 1

1. Karen Logan
7.60
2. Paula Sperber
8.02
3. Laura Ching
8.04
4. Joan Joyce
9.30

60 YARD DASH - heat 2

1. Mary Jo Peppler
7.39
2. Micki King
7.62
3. Cathy Rigby
8.22

60 YARD DASH - final

1. Karen Logan
7.53
2. Micki King
7.64
3. Paula Sperber
7.66
4. Mary Jo Peppler
8.00
5. Laura Ching
8.10

QUARTER MILE RUN

1. Micki King
1:02.12
2. Karen Logan
1:03.53
3. Kiki Cutter
1:04.50
4. Dianne Holum
1:06
5. Mary Jo Peppler
1:09

BIKE RACE - heat 1 (quarter mile)

1. Dianne Holum
37.10
2. Karen Logan
38.45
3. Paula Sperber
39.61
4. Joan Joyce
40.80

BIKE RACE - heat 2 (quarter mile)

1. Mary Jo Peppler
39.07
2. Kiki Cutter
39.51
3. Wyomia Tyus
39.80
4. Laura Ching
40.60

BIKE RACE - final (half mile)

1. Dianne Holum
1:15.13
2. Mary Jo Peppler
1:17.14
3. Karen Logan
1:18.10
4. Kiki Cutter
1:19
5. Paula Sperber
1:37.1

SOFTBALL THROW

1. Mary Jo Peppler
222-8 r
2. Karen Logan
178-1
3. Barbara O'Brien
172-10
4. Micki King
152-10
5. Paula Sperber
143-11

BASKETBALL

1. Mary Jo Peppler
11
2. Kiki Cutter
8
3. Barbara O'Brien
6
3. Cathy Rigby
6
5. Joan Joyce
5
5. Paula Sperber
5

OBSTACLE COURSE

1. Kiki Cutter
25.05
25.31
2. Laura Ching
27.19
27.20
3. Dianne Holum
27.43
4. Micki King
30.32
5. Cathy Rigby
30.90
6. Karen Logan
30.98
 
7. Paula Sperber
31.41
 

e = estimated time

r = Superstars record

N/A = result not available

dnf - did not finish

nm - no mark

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