Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen (USA)
2007 Honor Swimmer
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:World Points – 2624, Pre-1986 Points – 0, Total Points
– 2624; Since 1987, she has competed in 4 age groups (25-29 thru 40-44); 123 FINA MASTERS WORLD
She began competitive swimming at the age of 6. By 15, she was a junior national champion.
Speed came naturally to her, but she lacked the necessary discipline and drive --
during practices, she was last in, first out! At the age of thirty, Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen returned
to the water; now, she was focused -- first in, last out. Her attitude change made
all the difference! She began breaking FINA Masters World Records in I.M., backstroke, freestyle and butterfly and has yet
to stop. To date, she has competed in four age groups accumulating more world points than any other swimmer. She was
named 2004 World Woman's Masters Swimmer of the Year.
Few competitive swimmers, like wine, get better with age. Defying nature, in her mid-forties she is swimming as fast as,
and in some cases faster than, she did in her twenties. Karlyn lets her age work to her advantage, using her wisdomto train
Swimming has taught Karlyn what she is made of. And, it seems that she is made of some pretty tough stuff. She has
learned that she can do just about anything she sets her mind to. She shares that message as a coach and motivational
speaker. Her pioneering spirit inspires others to reach their full potential both in and out of the water.