Pam Kruse

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Pam Kruse
Personal information
Full name Pamela Jean Kruse
Nickname(s) "Pam"
National team United States
Born (1950-06-03) June 3, 1950 (age 68)
Miami, Florida
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 130 lb (59 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Fort Lauderdale Swim Association
College team Michigan State University

Pamela Jean Kruse (born June 3, 1950) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder in two events.

Kruse represented the United States as an 18-year-old at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where she competed in two freestyle events.[1] She received a silver medal for her second-place performance in the women's 800-meter freestyle (9:35.7), finishing behind American teammate Debbie Meyer (9:24.0).[2] She also swam in the women's 400-meter freestyle and placed fourth in the event final, and recorded a time of 4:37.2.[3]

After the Olympics, Kruse attended Michigan State University with fellow Olympian Linda Gustavson, where the two swimmers joined Kappa Alpha Theta sorority together.[4] She swam for the Michigan State Spartans swimming and diving team in Big Ten Conference competition, and she won conference championships in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, and the 400-yard freestyle relay in 1971.[5] She graduated from Michigan State with her bachelor's degree in 1973, master's in 1975, and Ph.D. in 1979.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Pam Kruse. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  2. ^, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games, Women's 800 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  3. ^, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games, Women's 400 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  4. ^ Kappa Alpha Theta, Notable Thetas. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  5. ^ Michigan State Spartans, Swimming & Diving, Women's Swimming Big Ten Champions. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  6. ^ Robert Bao, "Spartan Olympians: Pam Kruse," MSU Alumni (Summer 2008). Retrieved September 9, 2015.

External links[edit]

  • Pam Kruse – Olympic athlete profile at

Preceded by

Martha Randall
Women's 400-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

June 30, 1967 – July 27, 1967
Succeeded by

Debbie Meyer
Preceded by

Lillian Watson
Women's 200-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

August 19, 1967 – July 6, 1968
Succeeded by

Susan Pedersen