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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 gold, thirteen silver, and three bronze spanning the Olympics, the World Championships, the Pan Pacific Championships, and the Summer Universiade. ...more on Wikipedia

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 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. Coughlin's success has earned her the World Swimmer of the Year Award once and American Swimmer of the Year Award three times. She has won a total of forty-nine medals in major international competition, twenty-two gold, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 35

Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States of America

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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 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 MGM scouts at the Aquacade. After appearing in several small roles, alongside Mickey Rooney in an Andy Hardy ...more on Wikipedia

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 Rhodesia. Her family relocated to Transvaal, South Africa, in 1989, after living in Zimbabwe for several years. She represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with her team finishing fifth in the 4 × 100 metre medley relay. She 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 ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 40

Birthplace: Zimbabwe, Bulawayo

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

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