1972 Miss America Pageant
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Miss America 1972: Laurel Lea Schaefer, Miss Ohio
1st runner-up: Karen Herd, Miss Idaho
2nd runner-up: Deborah O’Brien, Miss Massachusetts
3rd runner-up: Maureen Victoria Wimmer, Miss Pennsylvania
4th runner-up: Allyn Warner, Miss Maine
Laurel Schaefer, Miss Ohio, won the 1972 Miss America Pageant. She was crowned by her predecessor, Phyllis George, Miss America 1971, of Texas.
She won the swimsuit competition wearing a coral pink one-piece swimsuit, wore a gorgeous aqua blue chiffon gown in the evening gown competition, and performed “This is my Beloved” from Kismet in the talent competition.
At the conclusion of her reign, she crowned her successor, Miss America 1973, Terry Meeuwsen, Miss Wisconsin.