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List of famous female swimmers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female swimmers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being swimmers. There are thousand of females working as swimmers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic swimmers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a swimmer then the people below should give you inspiration.

List ranges from Sanja Jovanović to Shayna Nackoney, plus much more.

While this isn't a list of all female swimmers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female swimmers?" and "Who are the best female swimmers?"
Amanda Beard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Swimmers
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Amanda Ray Beard is an American swimmer and a seven-time Olympic medalist. She is a former world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke. Beard's success has earned her the American Swimmer of the Year Award twice. She has won a total of twenty-one medals in major international competition, five ...more

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Age: 35

Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States of America

Profession: Model, Swimmer

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Natalie Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Swimmers
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Natalie Coughlin Hall, née Natalie Anne Coughlin, is an American competition swimmer and twelve-time Olympic medalist. Ten days before her 20th birthday in 2002, she became the first woman ever to swim the 100-meter backstroke in less than one minute. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she became the ...more

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Age: 34

Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States of America

Profession: Swimmer

Credits: Pow Wham Night Wild, Another Assembly, The Lion Guard, Mr. Church

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#35 on The Smartest Professional Athletes

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Esther Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Swimmers
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Esther Jane Williams was an American competitive swimmer and actress. Williams set multiple national and regional swimming records in her late teens as part of the Los Angeles Athletic Club swim team. Unable to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II, she joined ...more

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Age: Died at 92 (1921-2013)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, Inglewood, California, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Actor, Swimmer

Credits: Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Neptune's Daughter, Million Dollar Mermaid, On an Island with You

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#6 on The Best Former Athletes Turned Actors

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Charlene, Princess of Monaco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Swimmers
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Charlene Lynette Wittstock, is a former South African Olympic swimmer who, after marrying Prince Albert II, became Princess of Monaco. Charlene is the daughter of Michael and Lynette Wittstock. She was born in Rhodesia to a family of German, Irish and English descent by way of South Africa and ...more

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Age: 39

Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Profession: Crown Princess, Swimmer

Credits: My Little Prince

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#17 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

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Federica Pellegrini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Swimmers
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Federica Pellegrini is an Italian swimmer. A native of Mirano, in the province of Venice, she holds the women's 200 m freestyle world records, and won a Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Pellegrini became the first woman ever to breach the 4 minute ...more

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Age: 28

Birthplace: Mirano, Italy

Profession: Athlete, Swimmer

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Dara Torres is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Swimmers
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Dara Grace Torres is an American former competition swimmer who is a twelve-time Olympic medalist and former world record-holder in three events. Torres is the first and only swimmer to represent the United States in five Olympic Games, and, at age 41, was the oldest swimmer ever to earn a place on ...more

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Age: 49

Birthplace: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America

Profession: Journalist, Athlete, Swimmer

Credits: Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Today, Fox and Friends, Beijing 2008: Games of the XXIX Olympiad

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#23 on The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time

#89 on The Best Hispanic Athletes

#72 on The Best Female Athletes of All Time

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Stephanie Rice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Swimmers
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Stephanie Louise Rice, OAM is an Australian competitive swimmer. She won three gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2009. On 9 April 2014, she confirmed her retirement. ...more

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Age: 28

Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

Profession: Swimmer

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Laure Manaudou is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Swimmers
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Laure Manaudou is a retired French Olympic, world and European champion swimmer. She has held the world record in freestyle events between 200 and 1500 meter. She is the daughter of a French father and a Dutch mother and the older sister of Florent Manaudou who is also an Olympic gold medalist ...more

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Age: 30

Birthplace: Villeurbanne, France

Profession: Swimmer

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