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Pam Kruse

Pam Kruse

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

Pam Kruse
Personal information
Full namePamela Jean Kruse
National teamUnited States
Born (1950-06-03) June 3, 1950
Miami, Florida
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight130 lb (59 kg)
ClubFort Lauderdale Swim Association
College teamMichigan State University
Medal record
Women's swimming
Representing the United States
Olympic Games
1968 Mexico City 800 m freestyle
Pan American Games
1967 Winnipeg 200 m freestyle
1967 Winnipeg 4×100 m freestyle
1967 Winnipeg 400 m freestyle

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


  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.

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