Kathy Heddy

Kathryn Jean Heddy (born February 4, 1958), also known by her married name Kathy Drum, is an American former competition swimming world champion and four-time Pan American champion.

Kathy Heddy
Personal information
Full nameKathryn Jean Heddy
National teamUnited States
Born (1958-02-04) February 4, 1958
Syracuse, New York
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight134 lb (61 kg)
StrokesFreestyle, Medley
ClubCentral Jersey Aquatic Club

Heddy grew up in Summit, New Jersey, where she graduated early from Summit High School in January 1976, which allowed her to focus on training during what would have been the second half of her senior year.[1]

Heddy represented the United States at the 1973 World Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. On September 4, she won the bronze medal in the 200-metre individual medley. On September 8, Heddy was part of the silver medal winning 4 × 100 m freestyle relay team. On September 9, she finished 7th in the 100 m freestyle.[2]

Heddy had much success at the 1975 World Championships in Cali, Colombia. On July 22, she won the gold medal in the 200 m medley with a championship record time, 2:19.80, defeating the strong east German swimmers, Ulrike Tauber and Angela Franke. On July 24–25, Heddy won bronze medals in the 400 m medley and 400 m freestyle respectively. On July 26, she was part of the silver medal winning 4 × 100 m freestyle relay team. The American team had taken the world record from the east Germans the previous year and swam 1.25 seconds below that mark in the final, but still lost to the east Germans who took back the world record and won the gold. On July 27, Heddy finished fourth in the 100 m freestyle, a mere 1/100 s from the bronze. She had to settle for four medals in total, when summing up her 1975 world championship.[3]

Later that year, Heddy was unstoppable at the Pan American Games in Mexico City, where she won four gold medals: the 200 m medley, the 400 m medley, the 400 m freestyle and as part of the American 4 × 100 m freestyle relay team.

Heddy also participated at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, where she finished fifth in the 400-metre freestyle on July 20.[4]

See also


  1. Meyer, Lacy. "Summit's Own Kathy Heddy: Swim Star Eyes Olympics", The Summit Herald, February 19, 1976. Accessed October 14, 2018. "Summit has its own candidate for the summer Olympics in Montreal. Kathy Heddy, age 18, is the holder of four gold medals in swimming from the Pan American games.... 'I'm grateful that Summit High School allowed me to graduate in January.'"
  2. "1973 World Championships". the-sports.org. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  3. "1975 World Championships". the-sports.org. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  4. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Kathy Heddy". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 17, 2012.

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