Maritza Correia

Maritza Correia

* Date of Birth : December 23, 1981

* Place of Birth : San Juan, Puerto Rico

* Year of Career: In 1990, Correia joined the Brandon Blue Wave Swim Club ( the start of her training and career)

* Career  highlights : In 2002, Maritza made history when she became the first black woman to break an American record. She also became the first black woman to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic swim team.

Swims on the United States Olympic team

Personal life : Correia lived in Florida with her parents and two older brothers. At the suggestion of her doctor, Correia started swimming when she was just 7 years old. She had scoliosis, which  is an  abnormal curvature of the spine, and swimming helped  the effects of her scoliosis.

Achievements :

* Three-Time World Champion
11-Time NCAA Champion
27- Time NCAA All American
Olympic silver medal in 2004 in 400m FR
First female African American swimmer to make US Olympic team and win a medal
First African American to break a world record in swimming
First African American female to hold American Records
Former American record holder in 50y freestyle and 100y freestyle
Two-Time Pan American Game Gold Medalist
Three medals at World Championships
Four gold medals at 2005 World University Games

recent Activities:  In December 2007, she swam in her final event, the USA Nationals, before retiring from the sport.
She promote the sport as a spokesperson for USA Swimming and for the Women's Sports Foundation, She continues to work with her sponsor Nike to promote their swimwear line.

Community Projects:  Correia travels around the country, and discusses her experiences with  inner-city kids and encourages them to give swimming a try

Extra Information:

Nicknamed Ritz

Maritza Correia qualified for the USA Olympic Team in 2004, becoming the first Puerto Rican of African descent to be on the USA Olympic Swimming Team.

the first African-American swimmer from the United States to set an American and world swimming record.

won a gold medal in the 800m freestyle and
two relay bronze medals as a member of the U.S. World Championship Team in Japan.

a gold medal swimming in prelims of the 400m free relay at the World Championships, and in 2004, she earned an Olympic silver medal swimming prelims of the 400m free relay at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

After being diagnosed with severe scoliosis in 1988, Correia took up swimming as a treatment,

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