Carly Piper

Carly Piper (born September 23, 1983), also known by her married name Carly Ryan, is a former American professional competitive swimmer and Olympic gold medalist. As part of the American team, she helped set a new world record in the women's 4×200-meter freestyle relay (long course).

Carly Piper
Piper speaking to U.S. troops in 2010
Personal information
Full nameCarly Piper
National team United States
Born (1983-09-23) September 23, 1983
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight179 lb (81 kg)
ClubSwimMAC Carolina
College teamUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison


Piper was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan in 1983, the daughter of Kenneth and Carol Ann Piper. Her father worked for General Dynamics, a defense contractor, and her mother was an aerobics instructor. Piper has one older sister, Cortney, who is also a swimmer and swam for the University of Tennessee. Piper is a 2001 graduate of Grosse Pointe North High School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Piper attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison and graduated in 2006, majoring in zoology. At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, she had a highly successful career on the women's swimming team and served as the team's captain. She twice won Big Ten Conference swimmer of the year honors and was an 18-time All-American. While still in school, and after she had exhausted her athletic eligibility, she served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Wisconsin Badgers swimming teams.

Carly married swim coach Shane Ryan on May 16, 2014. In 2015 they started their coach owned team called the Madison Aquatic Club, located in Madison, WI. Shane and Carly have a son, Clint Murray, and daughter named Piper Autumn Ryan who was born in 2016.

Swimming career

At the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Piper qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics by finishing 5th in the 200-meter freestyle.[1] She also placed 6th in the 400-meter freestyle.[2]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Piper won a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay with Natalie Coughlin, Kaitlin Sandeno, and Dana Vollmer that set the world record in the event.[3] On December 20, 2004 it was declared "Carly Piper Day" in Piper's hometown of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan for her accomplishments in Athens.[4]

See also


  1. "2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's 200 m freestyle (final)" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
  2. "2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's 400 m freestyle (final)" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
  3. "US Women Break the Oldest World Record in the Book, the 800 Freestyle Relay". Swimming World Magazine. August 18, 2004. Archived from the original on May 21, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  4. "Dream Big: Wisconsin's Golden Girl". Archived from the original on May 21, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
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