Penny Pence

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Penny Pence
Personal information
Full name Carol Jane Pence
Nickname(s) "Penny"
National team  United States
Born (1929-05-11) May 11, 1929 (age 88)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Club Lafayette Country Club

Carol Jane "Penny" Pence Taylor (born May 11, 1929), also known by her married name Penny Taylor, is an American former competition swimmer who represented the United States at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. She competed in the preliminary heats of the women's 200-meter breaststroke, and finished with a time of 3:28.1.[1] Pence swam for the Lafayette Swim Club in Indiana and attended Purdue University. In 1951, when Pence was a finalist for the James E. Sullivan Award, she was part of the US Team for the first Pan American Games in 1951, winning a gold medal in the 3×100 meter medley relay and a bronze medal in the 200 meter breaststroke.[2]

After retiring from competition, Pence became a professional swim coach in the St. Louis area for 35 years, with one of her students being five-time Olympic gold medalist Tom Jager. She served in many positions for USA Swimming, being team leader at the 1984 and 1992 Summer Olympics, deck marshal at the 1996 Olympics, and chef de mission in seven FINA World Championships.[3]


  1. ^, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Penny Pence. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Carol “Penny” Pence Taylor (USA)
  3. ^ Greg Hansen: '48 London Olympian Carol 'Penny' Taylor loves memories