Karen Patricia Moe Humphreys is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder.Born in the Philippines but educated at Santa Clara High School and UCLA, Karen Moe set her fourth and final 200m butterfly world record in winning the Olympic title in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Coach Humphreys set world records in the 200-meter butterfly in 1970, 1971, and 1973. She also competed in the 100-meter backstroke at the 1972 Olympics, finishing fourth. After marrying Mike Thornton, she made a comeback in 1976 and again made the Olympic team, finishing fourth in the 200m butterfly at Montréal, but with a new American record.
She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an “Honor Swimmer” in 1992.In 1978, Moe became the head coach of the California Golden Bears women’s swim team at the University of California, Berkeley, and served in that position until 1992. In 1987, she was named the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming Coache of the Year. From 1992 to 2004, she served within Cal’s athletic department.
Olympic Gold Medalist
Former World Record Holder
1992 International Swimming Hall of Fame as an “Honor Swimmer”
University of California, Berkley Head Coach (1978-1992)
1978 Division I Women’s Swimming Head Coach of the Year
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