Kim Shettle Keller – Honor Athlete

At the age of ten, Kim Shettle was beginning to log National Age Group Records and First Place Rankings in Swimming, announcing that the arrival of an outstanding swimmer was at hand.   She would make her presence known in the next ten years as she added NAG Records and Rankings, an American Record, as a member of the five International Teams and two Olympic Trials.


The fourth oldest of six girls and a boy, Kim nearly drowned at 18 months when she fell into a neighbor’s pool prompting her mother to see that all of her children learn to swim.  Kim and her two younger sisters displayed a competitive ability, which they performed for Reds Hucht and his KCO Swim Team.  Kim became a dominate figure in her age group in all strokes and the Individual Medley.  During the ensuing years Kim would set high standards and achieve many record performances.


Twice shown on the cover of Swimming World from 1970 through 1974, she established seventeen National Age Group Records and thirty First Place Rankings in her total of fifty-seven National Age Group Swimming Rankings.   At Lancaster, Pennsylvania on August 9, 1974 Kim established an American record of 5:02.95 for the 400 meter Individual Medley during the Eastern U.S. Swimming Championships.


Between 1974 and 1976 Kim was a member of U.S. Teams that swam internationally in Russia, Germany(twice), Israel and Egypt.   At the Hammoford Games in Israel she was Team Captain and won seven Gold Medals in seven events.   The Olympic trials of 1972 and 1976 provided a 13 year old and 17 year old Kim Shettle an opportunity to try for the U.S. Olympic Team.  However, youth was a deterrent in 1972 and “Mono” took its toll of her in 1976.  Two weeks after the trials of ’76, fully recovered from “Mono,” she made the cut time in another meet.


After graduation from Perry Hall High School, Kim attended Stanford for two yers where they tried to convert her to a long distance swimmer.   She performed well in NCAA 200 meter IM events but the regimen of long distance training caused physical stress and she withdrew from swimming and the school.


Kim Shettle Keller resides with her husband, John and son, Sean in Watsonville, California, which is nearSanta Cruz.  She works in a local floral shop, works as a photographers model with features in several magazines and finds time for thee mile point to point ocean swimming every three or four weeks.






1970 Sixteen FIRST PLACE Rankings including 8 NAG Records

Twenty-six Total National Rankings in 10 and under and 11-12


National Age Group Record:

Short Course                            Long Course

50 Back          31.2                      50 Back          35.7

50 Breast        34.2                      50 Breast        39.0

100 Breast     1:15.5                   100 IM            1:16.4

50 Fly               29.7

100 IM           1:07.9


1971 Four FIRST PLACE Rankings including 1 NAG Record

Thirteen Total National Age Group Rankings in 11-12


National Age Group Record:

Long Course

200 IM          2:35.7


1972 Six FIRST PLACE Rankings including 3 NAG Records

Fourteen Total National Age Group Rankings in 11-12 and 13-14


National Age Group Record:

Short Course

100 Back     1:03.4

100 Breast   1:10.47

200 IM          2:15.8


1973 Four FIRST PLACE Rankings including 2 NAG Records.


National Age Group Record:

Short Course                            Long Course

400 IM         4:37.60                  400 IM            5:13.21


1974     American Record, Long Course


400 Individual Medley     5:02.95

August 9                Lancaster, PA