Carolyn House

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Carolyn House
Carolyn House 1960.jpg
Carolyn House at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Carolyn House
National team  United States
Born (1945-08-23) August 23, 1945 (age 70)
Los Angeles, California
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 110 lb (50 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Los Angeles Athletic Club

Carolyn House (born August 23, 1945) is an American former competition swimmer and former world record-holder in two events. At the age of 15, she competed in the preliminary heats of the women's 400-meter freestyle at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, clocking a time of 5:00.7.

During a ten-day span in August 1962, she broke the world records in both the 800-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle events. On August 16, 1962, she set a new world record of 9:51.6 in the 800-meter freestyle, On August 26, 1962, she established a new world mark of 18:44.0 for the 1,500-meter freestyle, cutting 18.8 seconds off the old mark. Both records would survive until July 1964, almost two years later.

See also[edit]


  • Carolyn House – Olympic athlete profile at

Preceded by
Margareta Rylander
Women's 1,500-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

August 16, 1962 – July 30, 1964
Succeeded by
Patty Caretto
Preceded by
Jane Cederqvist
Women's 800-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

August 26, 1962 – July 30, 1964
Succeeded by
Patty Caretto