CAC coach Lemos goes to Rio to carry Olympic flame

cac-Tatiana LemosCoastal Aquatic Club (CAC) assistant coach Tatiana Lemos de Lima, a two-time member of the Brazilian Olympic Swim Team, will be carrying the Olympic torch in Rio de Janeiro the day before opening ceremonies as a part of the torch progression through Brazil.  Each Olympics, the torch is carried by a select group of distinguished sports figures from the host country.

Tatiana has been working to promote Olympic sports as a member of the Athlete’s Commission of the Brazilian Olympic Committee.  “When I was invited by the Brazilian Olympic Committee to be part of the Relay and carry the torch I felt a mix of happiness and gratefulness.  It was like a movie inside my head showing all I had to go through in my career to be at the Olympics. Carrying the torch in my own country, though, it’s an honor and a gift that I never thought it could happen” said Tatiana.

Lemos, a native Brazilian and US permanent resident, has been coaching for CAC in the Myrtle Beach area for 2 years.   Here, she has team up with Coach Fabio da Silva, himself a 10-time Brazilian National Swim Team member.  The journey from swimmer to coach/mentor has been a joyful one.  “The opportunity to coach young swimmers has been an amazing journey.  I have been sharing my experience and learning with them at the same time.  Watching them grow and reach their goals in sport and life is precious. I’m blessed to be part of their journeys and contribute to enhance their passion and love for swimming” said Tatiana.

Tatiana competed for Brazil in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece and the 2008 games in Beijing, China.  She was a member of Freestyle relay teams that finished as high as 10th place in the Olympics.  Individually, she finished 19th overall in the 100 Free in Beijing.  Additionally, Tatiana competed in 9 World Championship Meets (4 long-course and 5 short-course) as well as 4 Pan American Championships where she is a 7-time medal recipient.

Between 1997 and 2011, she was crowned Brazilian National Champion on over fifty (50) different occasions in her main events: 50m, 100m, 200m freestyle and the relays. Tatiana broke South American records and Brazilian national records several times throughout her career and she is the current South American record holder in 200m freestyle in short course pool.

Following 16 years as a member of the Brazilian National Swim Team, Tatiana retired from competitive swimming in 2013.  At the time of her retirement, she held the distinction of being still the only woman in history to earn sweeping victories in the 50, 100, and 200 meter freestyle races at the Maria Lenk Trophy, Brazil’s major long course championship meet, which she did in 1998.

For more information about the Coastal Aquatic Club, you can visit the team’s website (www.swimcoastal.com) or contact Coach Fabio da Silva (843-503-3152).

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