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Karlyn Pipes
World Class Swimmer
World Class Swim Technique

Karlyn Pipes is a Hall of Fame swimmer that loves to swim fast, but loves to help others swim fast even more. Karlyn offers Faster Freestyle swim camps and swim technique workshops worldwide, and private swim instruction in her Endless Pool Kona, Hawaii. For more information, please visit www.karlynpipes.com.

Karlyn Pipes Swimming Accomplishments (pool and open water)
  • April 2022, at the age of 60, Karlyn was first out of the water at the Lavaman Triathlon, Waikloa HI
  • April 2022, Karlyn set four FINA Masters World records 60-64 age group 100m fly, 50/100/200m Back in Surry, BC Canada
  • May 2022, Karlyn set two FINA Masters World records 60-64 age group 50/200m back in Tunis, Tunisia
  • June 2022, Karlyn was third woman overall and 13th out of 223 at the Hapuna 1-mile Rough Water Swim
  • Inducted into the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame class of 2018
  • Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) class of 2015
  • International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) class of 2007
  • Pipes still holds Masters World Records from the 20th century!
  • Voted by Swimming World Magazine Top 12 World Masters Swimmer of the Year in 2017
  • In 2017 Karlyn set 10 FINA Masters World and 20 USMS National records for the 55-59 age-group
  • Set SIX FINA Masters World records for 55-59 age-group in Europe January 2017
  • Set FOUR FINA Masters World records for the 55-59 age-group in San Diego July 2017
  • Voted TOP TEN Masters swimmer of All-Time by Swimming World Magazine
  • Has set 231 FINA Masters world records to date, 32 records still stand as of July, 2022
  • Has set over 355 U.S. Masters National records to date
  • Currently holds 28 FINA Masters World and 64 U.S. Masters National records
  • Karlyn has set a FINA World and US National Records in every stroke!
  • Karlyn's records stand the test of time spanning SIX age-groups: 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49,50-54 & 55-59
  • 8 USMS Long Distance Records for 35-39 & 40-44 (3,000 yd., 6,000 yd, 5k & 1-hour postal)
  • 2012 World Masters Swimmer of the Year voted by Swimming World Magazine
  • 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2004 World Masters Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine
  • Female U.S. Masters Swimmer of the Year 1997, 2002& 2003
  • Top Ten Masters Swimmer of the Year 1994 to 1998, 2000, 2002 & 2003
  • 611 time USMS All-American achieved by earning #1 national ranking in an event
  • 18-time USMS All-Star achieved by earning the most #1 rankings in an age-group in a year
  • Cover of SWIM Magazine April 2005, February 1998 and September 1995
  • Cover of Fitness Swimmer Magazine, October 1997

Collegiate and USA Swimming
  • Swam for Cal State Bakersfield on a full-athletic scholarship in 1998 at age 35
  • NCAA Division II record holder in 200-yard backstroke from 1998 to 2001 with a time of 2:00.54
  • Oldest athlete to set and/or hold an NCAA record at the age of 35 in 1998
  • Won three events at NCAA Division II championships 100/200 back, 400 medley 1998
  • 8 time NCAA Div. II All-American for CSUB
  • Set 4 National Community College and 5 State Community College records in 1996-1997
  • Set 12 Palomar College school records and two-time Student-Athlete of the year 1996-97
  • 2-time Pacific College Conference Swimmer of the Year
  • San Diego Hall of Champions Amateur Star of the Month 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 & 2002
  • A USA National Qualifier 1995-2000 and 2004 (placing 10th 200 back in both 1996 and 1998)

Triathlon and Aquathlon
  • Silver medal 2021 USAT Aquathlon National Championships 55-59 age group Long Beach, CA
  • Bronze medal 2013 ITU World Aquathlon (1k swim, 5k run) Championships, London, UK
  • Three-time 50-54 age-group winner 2013, 2014 and 2015 at Lavaman Waikoloa Olympic Distance Triathlon
  • 2nd female overall at the Hilo Olympic distance triathlon 2014
  • 2012 USAT Aquathlon (1.5k swim, 10k run) National Champion

Open-Water Swimming
  • First Masters Overall and Sicilian Regional Champion at the Sicilia Open Water Grand Prix, Italy Sept. 2021
  • First woman (at age 56) and 13th overall (out of 1,110) in the Across the Lake Swim in Kelowna, BC, July 2018
  • First woman (at age 55) and fifth over at the Cinco de Mayo Splash, May 2017
  • Fifth place OVERALL at the 2016 Hapuna Rough Water Swim at age 54
  • Overall Winner-Kukio Blue Water 1.2 mile swim 2004 & 2006 and overall female winner 2004 to 2008, 2011
  • Top female, 2nd overall & new course record Hapuna RWS 2004-2010 (Hawaii)
  • Top female & new course record for the 1.2 King Swim, July 10th 2004, 2008 (Hawaii)
  • 2004 Maui Channel Swim Overall Winning Team RCP Milers (Hawaii)
  • Overall Winner for the 2004 Cinco De Mayo Splash 1-mile swims at Waikoloa (Hawaii)
  • 2nd female and 12th finisher overall and division winner La Jolla Gatorman 3 mile 2003
  • 1st Female 40-44 age group and 2nd overall 2003 USMS National 3k champs, Clemson, SC
  • Overall winner of Coronado Optimist One-mile Cable swim from 1995-2003
  • 1999 5k Open-water USMS National Champion for 35-39 age group, Catalina Island
  • 3-time overall (female) winner of the Gatorman 3-mile at La Jolla 1993, 1994 & 1996
  • Only swimmer to win “Daily-Double” Gatorman 3-mile/one mile swim combo 1994 & 1996
  • La Jolla Rough Water One-mile Swim Champion for 30-34 & 35-39 from 1994 to 2001
  • Overall (female) winner Coronado 4th of July Rough Water swim from 1994-2001
  • Overall winner & course record holder for Base-to-Base Military Swim from 1994-1998