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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

Age: 36

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 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

Age: 35

Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States of America

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#36 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

Age: Died at 92 (1921-2013)

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

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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

Age: 40

Birthplace: Zimbabwe, Bulawayo

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

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