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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 (born October 29, 1981), also known by her married name Amanda Brown, is an American swimmer and a seven-time Olympic medalist (two gold, four silver, one bronze). She is a former world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke (long course). 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 gold, thirteen silver, and three bronze spanning the Olympics, the World Championships, the Pan Pacific Championships, and the Summer Universiade. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 37

Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States of America

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Natalie Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Swimmers
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Natalie Anne Coughlin Hall (born August 23, 1982) is an American competition swimmer and twelve-time Olympic medalist. While attending the University of California, Berkeley, she became the first woman ever to swim the 100-meter backstroke (long course) in less than one minute—ten days before her 20th birthday in 2002. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she became the first U.S. female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympiad, and the first woman ever to win a 100-meter backstroke gold in two consecutive Olympics. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she earned a bronze medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. Her total of twelve Olympic medals ties her with Jenny Thompson ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 36

Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States of America

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Esther Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Swimmers
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Esther Jane Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013) 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 Billy Rose's Aquacade, where she took on the role vacated by Eleanor Holm after the show's move from New York City to San Francisco. While in the city, she spent five months swimming alongside Olympic gold medal winner and Tarzan star, Johnny Weissmuller. Williams caught the attention of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer scouts at the Aquacade. After appearing in several small ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 92 (1921-2013)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California, Inglewood

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Charlene, Princess of Mo... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Swimmers
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Charlene, Princess of Monaco (née Charlene Lynette Wittstock; French: Charlène; born 25 January 1978) is a Zimbabwean-South African former Olympic swimmer and wife of Prince Albert II. The Princess was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe), the daughter of Michael and Lynette Wittstock, and the family relocated to South Africa in 1989. Charlene represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with her team finishing fifth in the 4 × 100 metre medley relay. Charlene retired from competitive swimming in 2007. Charlene met Prince Albert at the Mare Nostrum swimming competition in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in 2000. They were first seen together in 2006, and Princess Charlene has ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 41

Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe