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BrazilBrazil, BRA


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
24 May 1991
169 cm
São Bernardo do Campo, BRA
Athlete, Serves in the Navy
English, Portuguese
Higher education
Gastronomy - College Mauricio de Nassau: Aracaju, BRA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age eight at Sport Club do Recife in Brazil.
Why this sport?
She was medically advised to take up swimming to treat respiratory problems.
Club / Team
SESI-SP: São Paulo, BRA
Name of coach
Fernando Vanzella [club], BRA

International Debut

Competing for

General Interest

Eti, Eninha, Preta (, 10 Jul 2018)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. (, 01 Aug 2015)
In January 2018 she had surgery to remove a cyst from her right shoulder which was causing her pain. She returned to competition five months later. (, 07 Jun 2018;, 01 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I swim for everything." (Instagram profile, 21 Aug 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was enshrined into the 'Pernambuco Imortal' [Immortal Pernambuco] Hall of Fame in Sao Lourenco da Mata, Brazil. (, 23 Aug 2019)

She was named the South American Female Swimmer of the Year in both 2016 and 2017 in's Swammy Awards. In 2014 she won the South American Swimmer of the Year award. (, 18 Dec 2017; 22 Dec 2016, 22 Dec 2014)
She became the first Brazilian female swimmer to win an individual long course world title when she triumphed in the 50m backstroke at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (, 27 Jul 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 13 Aug 2018)

She was the first Brazilian female swimmer to win a Pan American Games gold medal after placing first in the 100m backstroke at the 2015 Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (, 07 Dec 2014; SportsDeskOnline, 13 Aug 2018)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 26 Aug 2018)
Other information
In 2019 she and her coach, Fernando Vanzella, decided to focus more on the 50m and 100m freestyle events. "After the bronze medal in the 50m freestyle [at the 2018 World Short Course Championships] in Hangzhou, an unexpected one, the idea of focusing on the freestyle events for 2020 began to grow and now the 50m and 100m freestyle will be my priority. Because of that our training changed. If I did before more backstroke and less freestyle, now it is the other way around. Often now the training is more freestyle-oriented. I'm not going to leave aside entirely the backstroke events, I'm still taking part in both, but freestyle now has more of my attention." (, 18 Feb 2019)

In September 2018 she launched the social project named 'Touca Rosa' [Pink Cap] to raise funds for the fight against women's breast cancer. The money raised from selling pink swimming caps was donated to the Cancer Hospital of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. "Our goal was not only to create awareness about breast cancer, but cancer in general." In 2019 she was joined by fellow Brazilian swimmer Joao Gomes Junior with the name 'Touca Azul' [Blue Cap] to raise funds against men's prostate cancer. She has also launched projects aimed to help people with asthma. (, 01 Nov 2018, 27 May 2019; Facebook page, 05 Dec 2018;, 03 Oct 2019)