Patty Caretto

Patricia Sarena Caretto (born January 4, 1951), also known by her married name Patricia Brown, is an American former competition swimmer and former world record-holder in two distance freestyle events. Caretto competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City as a 17-year-old, and placed fifth in the final of the women's 800-meter freestyle.[1] She retired after the Olympics competition.[2] She is a former world record holder in the women's 800-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle, having set world records in those events on eight occasions.[3]

Patty Caretto
Personal information
Full namePatricia Serena Caretto
National teamUnited States
Born (1953-01-04) January 4, 1953
Los Angeles, California
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight123 lb (56 kg)
ClubPhillips 66

Post-Olympic retirement

Caretto married her Cal State Long Beach classmate in 1971. She taught physical education to students with motor-skill or learning disabilities in Garden Grove Unified School District in California.[2]

Caretto was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1987.[3]

See also


  1., Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games, Women's 800 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  2. Norwood, Robyn (May 8, 1987). "Pat Brown's Fame Not So Fleeting After All : She's Named to the Swimming Hall of Fame for Her Record-Breaking Career". Los Angeles Times.
  3. International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Patty Caretto (USA). Retrieved September 7, 2015.

Preceded by
Carolyn House
Women's 800-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

July 30, 1964 – September 28, 1964
Succeeded by
Sharon Finneran
Preceded by
Carolyn House
Women's 1,500-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

July 30, 1964 – July 9, 1967
Succeeded by
Debbie Meyer

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