Former Olympic swimmer helping CAC this summer

tatiana lemos beijing olympics (2)The Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) is proud to announce that Tatiana Lemos de Lima, a two-time Olympian from Brazil, will be assisting Coach Fabio da Silva with Summer Swim League the upcoming summer.

Lemos de Lima 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.  Additionally, Lemos de Lima 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. Lemos de Lima 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, Lemos de Lima 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.

She later moved to the United States to assist Coach Fabio da Silva, himself a 10-time Brazilian National Swim Team member. Here’s how Coach Tatiana sums up her experience working with young swimmers.

“The experience of coaching kids and teenagers has been marvelous. I’m so glad to join CAC and share my expertise for almost 20 years as a professional swimmer with this amazing team. I’ve been learning a lot with them what makes my job even more pleasant and challenging as well. It’s time for Summer Swim League now and I’m so excited for the opportunity to teach and spread my passion for swimming.”

In order to help boosting Olympic Sports in Brazil, Tatiana is also a current member of Athlete’s Commission of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, 2013-2016. The Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016.

Coach Fabio’s connections have allowed the Swim Club to host a number of  other international swimmers in recent years, including Gustavo Calado (NCAA ALL American at Virginia Tech), and Olympic swimmers Ismael Ortiz (Pamana), Youseff Arikaua (Kuwait), Daniel Tibarassi (Colombia), Leonardo Hobbi (Brazil) and Felipe Lima (Brazil).

Interested swimmers and families can learn more about the Coastal Aquatic Club online @ www.swimcoastal.com.

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