Maddy Crippen – Conshystuff Hall of Fame
21 years ago, our community was captivated by the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney Australia. In particular, the swimming events where Conshohocken’s own Maddy Crippen was representing our country in the 400 – meter individual medley. She placed 6th in the Olympics.
Beyond her Olympic career she won Swimmer of the year at Villanova university in 1999, 2001 and 2002. She was captain of the swim team at Germantown Academy for two years. Her list of accomplishments from the late 90’s into the 2000’s are too numerous to list here, but some highlights include: being part of the US National Team , taking home championships in her NCAA career. She was the U.S National Champion in the 200 breaststroke. Maddy was a silver medalist in the 1999 Pan Pacific Games. She is a three time National Champion, in addition to her winning the 200 breaststroke, she twice won the 400 meter individual medley.
If the name Crippen is familiar to you, it may be through her parents Pete and Patricia (Pete had the hardware store at 9th and Fayette for a number of years). Maddy has two sisters Teresa and Claire who have also qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team trials as well as her late brother Fran. All of them swam at Germantown Academy for coach Richard “Dick” Shoulberg.
Maddy continues to work in her brothers honor through this fund: https://www.francrippen.net
This last part is from her wikipedia page:
Crippen retired from swimming in 2004 and currently lives in Washington, D.C., and works as a marketing professional. She was a member of USA Swimming’s Board of Directors and the Athletes Executive Committee.
Crippen is married to Sean Plankey, a commander in the U.S. Coast Guard.