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Barbara Jensen

Full name: Barbara Jayne M. Jensen (-Reeve, -Jackson)
Gender: Female
Born: September 15, 1929 in San Francisco, California, United States
Affiliations: Athens Athletic Club, Oakland (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming


Barbara Jensen learned to swim at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco. At age 12, she swam for the Crystal Plunge Pool in San Francisco and then went to Athens Athletic Club in Oakland, later to return to Crystal Plunge in 1949. Jensen broke the American record for the 100 metre backstroke in 1945 when only 15-years-old. She was an All-American swimmer from 1948-50 and was a member of the 1949-50 US overseas squads and was high point winner at the indoor and outdoor Nationals in 1949, winning the 1949 AAUs outdoors in the 110 yd and 220 yd backstroke, and indoors in the 220 yd backstroke. In 1949 she was runner-up for the Sullivan Award.

In 1972 Jensen returned to Masters’ Swimming while living near Chicago. She became an All-American Masters’ Swimmer from 1972-79, winning 42 national titles and setting eight age-group US or world records in the backstroke. She then took a break in 1980 for health reasons but returned to the pool for competition in 1997, winning her age-group in the 50, 100, and 200 backstroke in 1997, and again making the All-American Masters’ Swim team in 1997, and 2000-01.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 18 London Swimming Women's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 5 h2 r2/3

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 18 London Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 1:19.1
1948 Summer 18 London Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 3 Q 1:18.8
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