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Posted: Friday, September 4, 2015 8:19 am

Masters swimmer Karlyn Pipes, 53, was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) class of 2015 in an enshrinement ceremony held at the Santa Clara Convention Center on June 20. The event was attended by over 500 guests which included past and present Olympians and dignitaries. Only twelve people per year are inducted and are selected from all the aquatic sports including swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, open water, coaching and pioneer contributors. Since its inception, only 14 Masters swimmers have been honored. 

Pipes, formerly Pipes-Neilsen, grew up in San Diego, swam under Mike Troy and Coronado Navy Swim Association as a youth, and graduated from Coronado High School in 1980. She was honored as “Star of the Month” by the San Diego Hall of Champions in 1994, 1997 and 2002. Pipes moved to Kona, Hawaii in 2004.

Pipes is a versatile swimmer who to date has set over 200 FINA Masters world records, in all four strokes, the medley and in every distance offered. She is also an open water champion having won both the La Jolla rough and water swim and the 3-mike Gatorman numerous times. Pipes’ pool swimming records stand the test of time and currently span four age-groups reaching back twenty years. In addition to her Masters accomplishments, Pipes competed for Palomar Community College in 1995/96 and was recently inducted into the Palomar Hall of Fame for setting state and national records in backstroke, freestyle and medley. In 1997, at the age of 35, Pipes accepted a full athletic scholarship to Cal State Bakersfield and there she won three NCAA DIV II individual titles and became the oldest person to set and hold an NCAA record. Since moving to Kona Pipes has been coached by Harry Canales for the past 10 years and trains and competes for the Kona Dolphin (youth) Swim team. 

Pipes is an inspirational speaker, an author publishing an autobiography “The Do-Over” due to release in September 2015, and owns Aquatic Edge offering private swim technique instruction in Kona, and swim technique clinics and camps worldwide. Aquatic Edge was the official cap sponsor for the Hilo Triathlon.

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