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Catherine Fox
  • 21-time All-American swimmer at Stanford University
  • Nine-time NCAA champion
  • Two-time gold medal winner at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics
Fox, Catherine
Inducted 2006

Born: Dec. 15, 1977 – Detroit, MI

Graduated: Bishop Miege High School (Roeland Park, KS), 1996; Stanford University, 2000

Overview

One of the most decorated athletes ever in Kansas and one of the top female swimmers in Stanford University history, Catherine Fox was a 21-time All-American in women's swimming; a nine-time NCAA champion and an American record-holder at Stanford.

Club Swimmer

Fox swam competitively for the Kansas City Blazers Swim Team for eight seasons, starting when she was 11 years old.  As a sophomore in high school, Fox won all six events she entered at the Region VIII Championships as a member of the Blazers.  Fox didn't swim competitively for her high school (Bishop Miege), but earned an honorary letter from the school after the 1996 Olympic Games when her hometown of Roeland Park honored her with a parade.

Olympic & Professional Career

Fox won gold medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta as a member of the 400-meter medley and 400-freestyle relay teams.  She would later set an American record in the 100 backstroke (52.47 seconds) at the 1999 NCAA Championships. Fox competed at the 1998 World Championships in Australia, swimming a preliminary leg for the 400 freestyle relay team that went on to win gold. She won one gold (400 free relay) and two bronze (100 backstroke and 100 freestyle) medals at the 1997 Pan Pacific Championships in Japan.  Fox ranked in the top 21 in the world in five events for 1997, including seventh in the 100 backstroke.  She also won a gold medal on the 800-meter freestyle relay team at the 1995 Pan American Games.


Click here to see Catherine's Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction speech