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  • Swimmer at Mecklenburg Aquatic Club (MAC-NC)]]
  • in 2008 = 24 DOB: Sep 23, 1983
  • 6' 2" (188.0 cm)
  • Hometown = Grosse Pointe, Mich.
  • in 2008 resides in Charlotte, N.C.
  • former resident of Detroit, Mich.
  • Coach = David Marsh
  • Wikipedia:Carly Piper
  • USA Swimming's media guide provided some source materials.

Career Highlights:[]

Gold medalist on the 800m free relay that broke the 17-year-old world record at the Olympic Games … also won gold on the 800m free relay at the 2003 Pan American Games … won her first U.S. National title in the 400m free at the 2005 World Championship Trials … made finals in the 500y and 1650y free at the 2005 NCAA Championships

World Championships[]

2005: 1st, 400m free

Pan Am Games[]

2003: 1st, 800m free relay

Duel in the Pool History:

2005 participant; 2nd, 400m free


Former WR holder in 800m FR-R (Short Course Meters) (Prelim), set at 2006 SC World Champs

United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States Swim Titles[]

400m Free (1): ’05 SPG


General Accolades: 2004 USA Swimming Relay Performance of the Year (Olympic 800m free relay) National Teams: 2005 National B Team Collegiate: 2005 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year ... 2005 Big Ten Champion (500y free, 1650y free) ... 2004 Big Ten Champion (500y free, 1650y free) ... 2003 Big Ten Champion (500y free, 1650y free) ... 2002 Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... 2002 Big Ten Champion (200y free, 500y free, 1650y free) ... 11-time All-American ... six-time Honorable Mention All-American High School: Four-time High School All-American ... 1999 Class A Michigan State Champion ... 1999 Michigan State Champion (200 and 500 free)


High School: Grosse Pointe North HS ’01 College: Wisconsin '06 College Major: Zoology

Ambitions, Aspirations, Goals, Dreams[]

Something to do with animals, possibly vet tech school … 

“The bonds that people have with their pets is so interesting to me. I would love to be around that everyday, especially in a work setting.”

Family, Village, Community[]

Parents: Kenneth and Carol … father is a quality assurance inspector for General Dynamics, and mother is an aerobics instructor Sibling(s): Older sister (Cortney) swam at Tennessee Sports Played Before Swimming: Gymnastics, dance Nickname(s): Pipes, Carlita Sanchez … nicknamed “Pipes” because her friends shortened her last name … nicknamed “Carlita Sanchez” because “my uncle always called me Carlita. When I came to school, my coaches randomly started calling me it also, and it stuck. The Sanchez part was added because Carlita sounds Spanish.” Pet(s): One dog (Bailee) that stays at home in Michigan with her parents Hobbies Outside the Pool: Making jewelry (necklaces, earrings, bracelets, all by hand); adds a star to all her pieces as a "trademark" … loves cooking everything; “My favorite dishes are raspberry chicken and a stuffed cabbage lasagna that my family calls ‘the polish lasagna.’ I also love cooking fish because there are so many things you can do with it. If I wasn’t swimming, I would probably go to culinary school in France. That would be a dream.” … also enjoys listening to music, being outside, watching hockey Ultimate Way to Relax: Laying outside in the sun, sitting out by the lake in Madison with friends, going to a spa Most Influential Person: Family … “They are there for me always no matter what happens.” Charities: Is passionate about breast cancer research, specifically because her mother was diagnosed when Carly was in sixth grade (but has since made a full recovery) and her grandmother died when Carly was in grade school … “Supporting the cause is something that can only get us closer to finding a cure.”

Training Notes[]


Swims 10-15,000 meters/yards per day, 4 hours a day, 6 days a week Favorites: Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You, Miracle ... tv: Grey's Anatomy, Monk, Psych, America's Next Top Model ... music: everything


  • One-time Olympian (2004)

One Olympic medal (1g)

International Medals[]

2004 Olympic Games 2004: Gold, 800m FR-R (WR)

Top Times[]

Event 200m FR 400m FR 800m FR 1500m FR Best 1:59.99 4:11.05 8:44.07 16:46.74 Year Jul 04 Apr 05 Aug 02 Aug 02


Swimvitational - 6 Final, 100m FR; 4 Final, 200m FR; 8 Final, 400m FR 08 OSU GP - 19 Final, 50m FR; 4 Final, 200m FR; t3 Final, 400m FR; 2 Final, 800m FR-R; 5 Final, 400m MED-R


SCY NATS - 19 Final, 200y FR; t7 Final, 500y FR SUM NATS - 22 Final, 100m FR


US OPEN - 8 Final, 100m FR; 5 Final, 200m FR; 7 Final, 400m FR SUM NATS - 20 Final, 100m FR; 24 Final, 200m FR; 15 Final, 400m FR


US OPEN - 6 Final, 200m FR; 3 Final, 400m FR MoO DiP - 2 Final, 400m FR WC TRIALS - 7 Final, 200m FR; 1 Final, 400m FR; 7 Final, 800m FR


OLY - 1 Final, 800m FR-R (WR); 1 Final, 800m FR-R (United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States / American Record); 1 Final, 800m FR-R (OR); 1 Prelim, 800m FR-R OLY TRIALS - 5 Final, 200m FR; 5 Final, 200m FR; 6 Final, 400m FR


SUM NATS - 11 Final, 200m FR; 13 Final, 400m FR; 10 Final, 800m FR; 3 Final, 1500m FR