Karen Phillips

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Karen Phillips
Personal information
Full name Karen Anne Phillips
National team Australia
Born (1966-05-04) 4 May 1966 (age 50)
Nowra, New South Wales
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Butterfly

Karen Anne Phillips (born 4 May 1966), known after marriage as Karen Anne Higgison, was an Australian butterfly and individual medley swimmer of the 1980s, who won the silver medal in the 200-metre butterfly at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Raised in Nowra, New South Wales, Phillips was selected to represent Australia in the 200-metre butterfly and 400-metre individual medley, but was not expected to do well, barely scraping into the final of the 200-metre butterfly, and narrowly missing the final of the 400-metre individual medley. Although she was left far behind by the United States' Mary T. Meagher, she swum a personal best of 2 minutes 10.56 seconds to claim the silver medal, although Meagher was 7 metres ahead.

Two years later at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, Phillips enjoyed more success, winning the silver medal in the 200-metre butterfly.

She was the inaugural winner of the Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year in 1983–84.[1]

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