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In swimming parlance, Italy’s Federica Pellegrini is a few body length’s ahead of her nearest competitors when it comes to followers on Instagram. The first woman ever to break the four-minute barrier in the 400-meter freestyle, Pellegrini is also the first among her pool peers to eclipse the one-million follower threshold.

SWIMMING’S INSTAGRAM QUEENS

Queens of Swimming: Federica Pellegrini, Katinka Hosszu, Katie Ledecky tops in followers among swimmers

In positions two and three behind Pellegrini, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu and the United States’ Katie Ledecky are neck in neck in terms of Instagram followers at about 400 thousand apiece. Overall, Americans dominate the list, with seven of the top dozen spots occupied by past and present Team USA swimmers. Narrowly missing the list is Australia’s Cate Campbell (born in Malawi), who excels in the 100-meter freestyle event.

UPDATED May 12, 2020

12) KATHLEEN BAKER

Kathleen Baker
Specialty: Backstroke
Born February 28, 1997 🇺🇸 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instagram followers: 72.3 thousand

11) LILLY KING

Lilly King
Specialty: Breaststroke
Born February 10, 1997 🇺🇸 Evansville, Indiana
Instagram followers: 98.2 thousand

10) INGE DE BRUIJN

Inge De Bruijn
Specialty: Freestyle, butterfly
Born August 24, 1973 🇳🇱 Barendrecht, Netherlands
Instagram followers: 109 thousand

9) STEPHANIE RICE

Stephanie Louise Rice
Specialty: Individual medley
Born June 17, 1988 🇦🇺 Brisbane, Australia
Instagram followers: 119 thousand

8) ALLISON SCHMITT

Allison Rodgers Schmitt
Specialty: 200-meter freestyle
Born June 7, 1990 🇺🇸 Canton, Michigan
Instagram followers: 152 thousand

7) SIMONE MANUEL

Simone Ashley Manuel
Specialty: Freestyle
Born August 2, 1996 🇺🇸 Sugar Land, Texas
Instagram followers: 162 thousand

6) NATALIE COUGHLIN

Natalie Anne Coughlin Hall
Specialty: Backstroke
August 23, 1982 🇺🇸 Vallejo, California
Instagram followers: 168 thousand

5) SARAH SJOSTROM

Sarah Fredrika Sjostrom
Specialty: Freestyle, butterfly
Born August 17, 1993 🇸🇪 Salem, Sweden
Instagram followers: 229 thousand

4) MISSY FRANKLIN

Melissa Jeanette Franklin
Specialty: Backstroke, freestyle
Born May 10, 1995 🇺🇸 Pasadena, California
Instagram followers: 347 thousand

3) KATIE LEDECKY

Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky
Specialty: Freestyle
Born March 17, 1997 🇺🇸 Washington, D.C.
Instagram followers: 399 thousand

2) KATINKA HOSSZU

Katinka Hosszu
Specialty: Individual medley
Born May 3, 1989 🇭🇺 Pécs, Hungary
Instagram followers: 407 thousand

1) FEDERICA PELLEGRINI

Federica Pellegrini
Specialty: 200-meter freestyle
Born August 5, 1988 🇮🇹 Mirano, Italy
Instagram followers: 1.1 million