Cardinal Swimmer Joyce (Luncher) Hale

Hale graduated May 1997 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and was a member of Dean's List and Capital Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. She and her husband, Robert Hale now reside in Cumberland, Maine. They have a daughter Molly (14) and twin boys Bradyn and Keegan (10), all who are competitive swimmers. Hale is a math teacher at the local high school and still swim recreationally and participating in some open water races. She keeps in contact with her CUA teammates via Facebook alumni groups.

The Luncher File

  • HOMETOWN: Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • HEIGHT: 5-2
  • BIRTHDATE: June 19, 1975
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Pittsburgh
  • DISABILITY: Congenital amputation of right arm at elbow.

Coach Calomeris said:

"Joyce is one of the finest swimmers I have ever been associated with. She has all the positive characteristics in a champion and is a pleasure to coach. I am very proud of her."
Calomeris is the U.S. Assistant Paralympic Swimming Coach as well as Catholic University's men's and women's swimming coach.

Career Highlights

Four-year letterwinner on Catholic University swimming team which is annually ranked in NCAA Division III Middle Atlantic Region. 1996-97 captain. Led Cardinals to 1995 National Catholic Division III Championship and was silver medalist in 200-yard butterfly.

May 1997: Received Capital Athletic Conference Unsung Hero Award.

February 1997: Received 1996 Sportswoman of the Year Award for Athlete with a Physical Disability by Women's Sports Foundation.

August 1996: Won seven medals, including four gold and three silver, and set seven American records and four world records at 10th Paralympic Games in Atlanta. Won gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle and 4x100 medley relay, while also setting world records in each event. Won silver medals in the 100-meter breaststroke, 200- meter individual medley and 4x100 freestyle relay.

May 1996: Set four American Records at the United States Paralympic Swim Trials in Indianapolis. Won the 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley.

December 1995: Named Disabled Sports USA (DS/USA) 1995 Female Athlete of the Year and was a nominee for the United States Olympic Committee’s Female Athlete of the Year Award which was given to skier Picabo Street.

June 1995: Set four American records and was named outstanding female athlete at the National Wheelchair and Amputee Championships in Boston.

Attended Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh and was the outstanding female scholar athlete amassing eight varsity letters in swimming, track and physical fitness.