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Tracy Caulkins Biography

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American swimmer

One of the greatest swimmers ever produced by the United States in terms of her versatility, Tracy Caulkins was at her peak in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Caulkins won a record 48 national championships, and set five world and 62 U.S. records. She was the first American to win a national title and set an American record in each of the four swimming strokes (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle). Caulkins is also the youngest athlete to ever win the Sullivan Award, awarded each year to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States.

Caulkins was born January 11, 1963, in Winona, Minnesota, the youngest of three children of Thomas Caulkins and his wife Martha. Her father was a group-testing coordinator for public schools, who later became a part-time swim coach. Her mother was a junior high school art teacher. Caulkins grew up in Waukon, Iowa, until the age of six, when the family moved to Nashville, Tennessee.


Address: 511 Oman St., Nashville, TN 37203-1234. Email: info@tracycaulkins.com.

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