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 Swimming
Stroke(s) Breaststroke
Club Coronado Navy Swimming Association

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, New Mexico.[1] She trained for the Olympics with the Coronado Swim Club under 1960 Olympic gold medalist Mike Troy.[1] She is the first Olympic gold medalist swimmer from New Mexico.[citation needed]

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). The American medley relay team set a new world record of 4:20.75 in the event final. Individually, Carr also won a gold medal in the women's 100-meter breaststroke, and setting a new world of 1:13.58 in the final.[2]

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.[3]

Carr is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. She now works teaching the fourth grade GATE class at Pioneer Elementary School in Davis, California.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Cathy Carr. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  2. ^ "1972 Olympics – München, Germany – Swimming" (Retrieved on May 1, 2008)
  3. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Cathy Carr (USA). Retrieved on October 9, 2012.

External links[edit]

  • Cathy Carr – Olympic athlete profile at
  • Cathy Carr (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame