Susan von der Lippe

Susan von der Lippe (born July 5, 1965), née Susan Gerard Rapp, is an American competition swimmer, Olympic medalist, and Masters world record-holder in multiple events.

Susan von der Lippe
Personal information
Full nameSusan von der Lippe
National teamUnited States
Born (1965-07-05) July 5, 1965
Ft Carson, CO
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight146 lb (66 kg)
College teamStanford University

She attended Stanford University, where she swam for the Stanford Cardinal swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Pacific-10 Conference competition.

Rapp first qualified for the 1980 Olympic games, but was unable to compete due to the United States-led boycott of the Olympic games hosted by the Soviet Union. Four years later at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, she had significant success. She won a silver medal for her second-place performance in the women's 200-meter breaststroke, finishing with a time of 2:31.15. She earned a gold medal by swimming for the winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the women's 4×100-meter medley relay. Individually, she also finished seventh in the final of the women's 100-meter breaststroke, recording a time of 1:11.45.[1]

Four years later at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Rapp competed in the B Final of the women's 200-meter breaststroke, finishing thirteenth overall with a time of 2:32.90.[1]

At the age of 42, von der Lippe qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100-meter breaststroke and 100-meter butterfly.[2]

As of 2014, von der Lippe holds 61 individual United States Masters Swimming pool records, across the 35-39, 40-44 and 45-49 age groups.[3] She holds Masters World records in breaststroke, butterfly, individual medley in the 40-44 and 45-49 age groups.[4][5]

See also


  1., Olympic Sports, Athletes, Susan Rapp. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  2. "Von der Lippe Is Still Making a Splash at 42". NY Times. 11 May 2008. Retrieved 6 Nov 2014.
  3. "Susan G Von der Lippe - USMS Swimmer".
  4. "FINA WORLD MASTERS RECORDS - SHORT COURSE METERS AS OF AUG 31, 2014" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-11-06.
  5. "FINA WORLD MASTERS RECORDS - LONG COURSE METERS AS OF AUG 31, 2014" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-11-06.
  • Susan Rapp – Olympic Games results at

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