Cathy Carr (swimmer)

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Cathy Carr
Personal information
Full name Catherine L. Carr
Nickname(s) "Cathy"
Nationality  United States
Born (1954-05-27) May 27, 1954 (age 60)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 115 lb (52 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Breaststroke
Club Coronado Navy Swimming Association
College team University of California, Davis

Catherine L. Carr (born May 27, 1954) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events.

Carr was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque.[1] She trained for the Olympics with the Coronado Swim Club under 1960 Olympic gold medalist Mike Troy.[1]

Carr represented the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.[1] She won a gold medal swimming the breaststroke leg for the first-place U.S. team in the women's 4x100-meter medley relay, together with her teammates Melissa Belote (backstroke), Deena Deardurff (butterfly), and Sandy Neilson (freestyle).[2] The American medley relay team set a new world record of 4:20.75 in the event final, outrunning the East German and West German teams by 4.16 and 5.71 seconds, respectively.[2] Individually, Carr also won a gold medal in the women's 100-meter breaststroke, setting a new world of 1:13.58 in the final, and besting Soviet Galina Prozumenshchikova by 1.41 seconds.[3]

She held the long course world record in the 100-meter breaststroke (set at the 1972 Olympics) from September 2, 1972, to August 22, 1974. Her world record in the 4x100-meter medley relay survived from September 2, 1972, to September 4, 1973. Carr was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1988.[4]

Carr is a 1977 graduate of the University of California, Davis, and swam for the first UC Davis Aggies women's swim team.[5] She now works teaching the fourth grade at Pioneer Elementary School in Davis, California.[5]

She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1988.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Cathy Carr. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games, Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Final. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games, Women's 100 metres Breaststroke Final. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  4. ^ a b International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Cathy Carr (USA). Retrieved on March 15, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Mark Honbo, "From Olympic gold to Aggie blue," UC Davis Magazine Online (Summer 2012). Retrieved March 15, 2015.

External links[edit]

  • Cathy Carr – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
  • Cathy Carr (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame