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Katherine Rawls

Full name: Katherine Louise Rawls (-Thompson, -Green)
Gender: Female
Born: June 14, 1917 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: April 8, 1982 in Belle Glade, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Miami Beach Swimming Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Diving, Swimming

Medals: 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Katherine Rawls showed a rare versatility in the pool, winning a record number of 33 AAU titles (later broken by Tracy Caulkins) in such diversified events as freestyle, breaststroke, individual medley and diving. She was undefeated in the individual medley for eight years and had it been on the Olympic program in 1932 or 1936 she would almost certainly have added an Olympic gold medal to her championship honors. She was the first American woman to win four national championships at a single meet, which she did by taking the 440y, 880y, and one mile freestyle and the individual medley at the 1937 AAU Championships. She repeated this feat in 1938. Katherine Rawls came from a dedicated swimming family in Fort Lauderdale and her sisters, Dorothy and Evelyn, both won national honors in relay events. She retired after the 1938 nationals and later, as Mrs. Thompson, became a top pilot in World War II, being one of the original 25 women who ferried planes to combat zones for air transport command.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 15 Los Angeles Diving Women's Springboard United States USA 2 Silver
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Diving Women's Springboard United States USA 2 Silver
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 7
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 3 Bronze

Women's Springboard

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS DP SP
1932 Summer 15 Los Angeles Diving United States Final Standings 2 82.56
1932 Summer 15 Los Angeles Diving United States Dive #1 1T 11.48
1932 Summer 15 Los Angeles Diving United States Dive #2 4 12.16
1932 Summer 15 Los Angeles Diving United States Dive #3 2 14.62
1932 Summer 15 Los Angeles Diving United States Dive #4 4 14.80
1932 Summer 15 Los Angeles Diving United States Dive #5 2 16.20
1932 Summer 15 Los Angeles Diving United States Dive #6 5 13.30
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Diving United States Final Standings 2 88.35
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Diving United States Dive #1 1 13.50
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Diving United States Dive #2 1 14.11
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Diving United States Dive #3 2T 15.20
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Diving United States Dive #4 2 15.20
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Diving United States Dive #5 1 15.40
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Diving United States Dive #6 3 14.94

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Swimming United States Final 7 1:08.7
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 1:08.5
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Swimming United States Round One Heat One 3 QU 1:08.5

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Swimming United States USA Final 3 4:40.2
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