Women Swimmers

Throughout history, there have been many women swimmers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female swimmers such as Natalie Coughlin, Dawn Fraser, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Diana Nyad, Summer Sanders.The women swimmers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: March 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky has also won 15 world championship gold medals, creating a record. At 15, she was the youngest American Olympic swimming team member at the 2012 London Olympics. The 6-foot-tall athlete is also a Stanford graduate and was the youngest Time 100 member in 2016.

 2 Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: May 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States

Missy Franklin is an American retired competitive swimmer. A five-time Olympic gold medalist, Franklin also held the world records in both the 200-meter backstroke and the 4×100-meter medley relay. After winning four gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Franklin went on to help her team win a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

 3 Katinka Hosszu

Katinka Hosszu
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: May 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pécs, Hungary

 4 Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States

Natalie Coughlin is an American retired competitive swimmer. A 12-time Olympic medalist, Coughlin became the first American female athlete in the history of the modern Olympics to win six medals in one Olympics event at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She also became the first woman to win gold medals in two successive Olympics, she won the mdeals in the 100-meter backstroke event.

 5 Dara Torres

Dara Torres
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Famous As: Swimmer, Model
Birthdate: April 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beverly Hills

Dara Torres is an American retired competitive swimmer. A 12-time Olympic medalist, Torres won four gold medals in three different Olympic Games. In 2008, she became the first swimmer to compete in five Olympic Games, representing the United States. At the age of 41, Dara Torres was also the oldest swimmer to be a part of the U.S. Olympic team. 

 6 Amy Van Dyken

Amy Van Dyken
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States

Amy Van Dyken is an American radio presenter and retired competitive swimmer. Van Dyken was the most successful sportsperson at the 1996 Olympics where she won four gold medals. In 1995 and 1996, she was named American Swimmer of the Year. Amy Van Dyken went on to win two more gold medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

 7 Dawn Fraser

Dawn Fraser
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: September 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Balmain

Dawn Fraser is an Australian freestyle champion swimmer. She won the Olympic individual event the women's 100-meter freestyle three times in her career. She also won six Commonwealth Games gold medals. Much respected for her athletic abilities, she was also known for her controversial behavior. She became a swimming coach after her retirement. She is also a former politician.

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 8 Sarah Sjöström

Sarah Sjöström
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salem, Stockholm County, Sweden

 9 Janet Evans

Janet Evans
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fullerton

Janet Evans is an American retired competitive swimmer who won three gold medals at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. A former world record-holder, Evans went on to win another gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. The winner of the prestigious James E. Sullivan Award, Evans was adjudged Female World Swimmer of the Year in 1987, 1989, and 1990.

 10 Jenny Thompson

Jenny Thompson
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Danvers

Known for winning more Olympic medals than any other female in the swimming category, Jenny Thompson had started swimming at age 7. She grew up to win swimming medals for Stanford University. She is also a qualified doctor and has practiced as an anaesthesiologist and surgeon.

 11 Stephanie Rice

Stephanie Rice
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane

 12 Shane Gould

Shane Gould
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: November 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Shane Gould was 15 when she participated in the Munich Olympics. She stunned everyone with her early retirement at 16 and stayed away from the limelight for 25 years, eventually re-emerging after raising her four kids on an Australian farm and then breaking records at the 2000 Sydney Games.

 13 Princess Charlene of Monaco

Princess Charlene of Monaco
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Famous As: Princess consort of Monaco (Since 2011)
Birthdate: January 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Charlene, Princess of Monaco, was once an Olympic swimmer and represented South Africa at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. She met her husband, Prince Albert, at a swimming competition. She now owns the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and works for causes related to AIDS, sports, and underprivileged children.

 14 Esther Williams

Esther Williams
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Famous As: Former swimmer who became a movie icon in aqua musicals
Birthdate: August 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States
Died: June 6, 2013

Esther Williams was an American actress, competitive swimmer, and businesswoman. When she couldn't realize her dream of participating in the 1940 Summer Olympics due to the outbreak of the Second World War, Williams went on to establish herself as an actress. She gained national recognition after playing Annette Kellerman in Million Dollar Mermaid and helped popularize swimming in the USA. 

 15 Dana Vollmer

Dana Vollmer
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: November 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Syracuse

Apart from winning 5 Olympic gold medals, swimmer Dana Vollmer also created history when she became the first female to swim under 56 seconds in the 100m butterfly event. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age 15, she went through surgery and later carried a defibrillator around with her.

 16 Estella Warren

Estella Warren
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Peterborough, Canada

Pin-up girl Estella Warren had been a Canadian swimming champion before she was scouted by an agent and sent to New York. An international model who has topped Maxim’s Hot 100 Women of 2000 list, Warren has also appeared in films such as Planet of the Apes.

 17 Leisel Jones

Leisel Jones
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Katherine

 18 Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mansfield

Rebecca Adlington made headlines with her double-gold win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in which she aced both the 400m and 800m freestyle events. After retiring at 23, she has worked for BBC as a sports pundit and participated in shows such as I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

 19 Victoria Arlen

Victoria Arlen
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: September 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Victoria Arlen is an American television personality currently working for ESPN. Apart from being a television personality, Arlen is also an actress, model, speaker, and former Paralympian swimmer. She is best known for overcoming two rare conditions that stripped her of her ability to walk, speak, eat, and move. In 2012, she participated in the Summer Paralympics, representing the USA.

 20 Inge de Bruijn

Inge de Bruijn
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Barendrecht, Netherlands

 21 Rebecca Soni

Rebecca Soni
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: March 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Freehold

The winner of 6 Olympic medals, 3 of which were gold medals, swimmer Rebecca Soni is a breaststroke specialist. She also became the first female swimmer to complete the breaststroke event in less than 2:20 minutes. Initially trained as a gymnast, she had switched to swimming at age 10.

 22 Ragnheiður Ragnarsdóttir

Ragnheiður Ragnarsdóttir
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 23 Krisztina Egerszegi

Krisztina Egerszegi
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 24 Summer Sanders

Summer Sanders
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Famous As: Swimmer, Television actor
Birthdate: October 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Roseville

Summer Sanders is an American television personality, reporter, sports commentator, actress, and former competitive swimmer. Sanders won two gold medals at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. She then established herself as a sports commentator, covering swimming events for NBC in several Olympic Games.

 25 Yuliya Yefimova

Yuliya Yefimova
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: April 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Grozny, Russia

 26 Federica Pellegrini

Federica Pellegrini
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Famous As: Swimmer, gold medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Birthdate: August 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mirano, Italy

 27 Gertrude Ederle

Gertrude Ederle
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Famous As: swimmer
Birthdate: October 23, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 30, 2003

Gertrude Ederle made history when she became the first female to cross the English Channel. Unfortunately, she lost her sense of hearing while achieving the feat and later devoted herself to coaching deaf swimmers. She also won 2 bronze medals and a relay gold medal at the 1924 Paris Olympics.

 28 Candice Warner

Candice Warner
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Famous As: Retired Australian Ironwoman and Surf life saver
Birthdate: March 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 29 Kornelia Ender

Kornelia Ender
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: October 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Plauen, Bezirk Karl-Marx-Stadt, Germany

 30 Maggie Mac Neil

Maggie Mac Neil
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 26, 2000
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jiujiang, Jiangxi, China

 31 Kristin Otto

Kristin Otto
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Famous As: Olympic athlete
Birthdate: February 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany

 32 Lynne Cox

Lynne Cox
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Boston

Lynne Cox is an American swimmer, speaker, and writer. She is best known for swimming in the Bering Strait in an attempt to ease the Cold War tensions between Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. By doing so, Cox became the first person to swim between the Soviet Union and the United States and earned praises from both Reagan and Gorbachev.

 33 Emma McKeon

Emma McKeon
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: May 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wollongong Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

 34 Ariarne Titmus

Ariarne Titmus
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: September 7, 2000
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

 35 Debbie Meyer

Debbie Meyer
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Annapolis, Maryland, United States

Debbie Meyer made history when she became the first female swimmer to earn gold medals in three individual events at the same Olympics. Though the freestyle expert suffered for asthma since childhood, her condition never hampered her swimming career. She later launched her own swimming school.

 36 Erica Sullivan

Erica Sullivan
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Famous As: Swimmer - Freestyle Strokes
Birthdate: August 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

 37 Penny Oleksiak

Penny Oleksiak
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 13, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 38 Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard
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Famous As: Swimmer, Model
Birthdate: October 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newport Beach

At 14, Amanda Beard was still in high school when she walked away with 2 Olympic silver medals and a relay gold, becoming the second-youngest swimmer to win an Olympic medal. The 7-time Olympic medalist later also modeled for Playboy and co-authored a New York Times bestseller.

 39 Tracy Caulkins

Tracy Caulkins
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: January 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winona, Minnesota, United States

Tracy Caulkins is an American retired competitive swimmer. A former world record-holder, Caulkins won three gold medals at the 1984 Olympics. A celebrated swimmer, Caulkins was honored with the prestigious James E. Sullivan Award in 1978; at age 15, she became the youngest-ever recipient of the award. Caulkins also won several FINA World Aquatics Championships during her illustrious career.

 40 Britta Steffen

Britta Steffen
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: November 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Schwedt, Germany

 41 Jessica Long

Jessica Long
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bratsk, Russia

 42 Ranomi Kromowidjojo

Ranomi Kromowidjojo
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sauwerd, Netherlands

 43 Mary T. Meagher

Mary T. Meagher
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: October 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Mary T. Meagher is an American retired competitive swimmer. Meagher clocked the 100-meter butterfly in 57.93 and the 200-meter butterfly in 2:05.96 in 1981; this performance is counted among the greatest achievements in sports. After winning three gold medals at the 1984 Olympics, Meagher went on to compete in the 1988 Olympics where she won a bronze medal.

 44 Libby Trickett

Libby Trickett
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: January 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Townsville, Australia

 45 Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad
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Famous As: Journalist, Squash player, Motivational speaker
Birthdate: August 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City

Diana Nyad is an American journalist, author, long-distance swimmer, and motivational speaker. She achieved national recognition when she swam around Manhattan in 1975. Nyad made headlines again in 1979 when she swam from Bimini to Juno Beach. In 1986, Diana Nyad was inducted into of the US National Women's Sports Hall of Fame.

 46 Natalie du Toit

Natalie du Toit
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: January 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cape Town

While she began her career as an international swimmer at 14, Natalie du Toit had her left leg amputated after a scooter accident. However, that didn’t deter her spirit, and she was the only disabled swimmer to compete at the Beijing Olympics. She has also won 13 Paralympic gold medals.

 47 Gaurika Singh

Gaurika Singh
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: November 26, 2002
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

 48 Mireia Belmonte

Mireia Belmonte
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: November 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Badalona, Spain

 49 Laure Manaudou

Laure Manaudou
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: October 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Villeurbanne, France

 50 Allison Schmitt

Allison Schmitt
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Famous As: Swimmer who is a four-time Olympian and a ten-time Olympic medalist
Birthdate: June 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Swimmer Allison Schmitt, a freestyle expert, has won 10 Olympic medals. She had started swimming at the tender age of 8 and had qualified for her first Olympics at 18. She also has 25 other medals from various international contests and has been named to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.