Maddy Crippen

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Madeleine ("Maddy") Crippen (born July 10, 1980) is an eloquent and respected proponent for safety in open water swimming. She is an administrator for the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation. Crippen was a member of the USA Olympic Swimming Team in 2000 and competed in the 400 meter individual medley where she placed sixth at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She swam for Villanova University and, along with her late brother Fran Crippen and sisters Teresa and Claire, was a member of the Germantown Academy swim team.

Maddy was awarded the Glen S. Hummer Award from USA Swimming in 2011.

[edit] Career

In 1997 Maddy earned a silver medal as a part of Team USA at the Pan Pacific Championship in Fukuoka, Japan. She followed that performance with a fifth place finish in the 400 meter individual medley and a sixth place finish in the 200 m individual medley at the 1998 World Championship in Perth, Australia. She represented the United States at the Pan Pacific Championships in 1999 where she place fourth in the 400 m individual medley. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she placed sixth in the 400 m individual medley. She competed at the 2002 Pan Pacific Championships and 2003 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. She is a three-time USA Swimming national champion, winning two national titles in the 400 m individual medley and one in the 200 m breaststroke.

Representing Villanova University, Crippen won an NCAA Championship in the 400 m individual medley. A 10-time Big East Champion, she was named Big East Conference "Swimmer of the Year" in 1999, and 2001. She was named Villanova "Swimmer of the Year" in 1999, 2001, 2002.

[edit] Personal

Crippen's brother, Fran Crippen, won a bronze in the 10K race at the 2009 FINA World Swimming Championships. He swam for the University of Virginia where he was an 11-time All American and two-time Atlantic Coast Conference swimmer of the year in 2006 and 2008. He died on October 23, 2010 in a FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Dubai.

Her sister, Claire Crippen, is a national finalist, an NCAA All-American, swims for the University of Virginia. Her third sister, Teresa Crippen, is a Pan American Games Champion in the 200 meter backstroke and U.S. National Team member. All four Crippen’s attended Germantown Academy and swam for the legendary Richard Shoulberg. Crippen retired from swimming in 2004 and currently lives in Washington, DC and works as a marketing professional. She is a member of USA Swimming’s Board of Directors and the Athletes Executive Committee.

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