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Patricia CASTRO
Sport Swimming
NOC Spain   
GenderWomen
Born06 Aug 1992 in Madrid, ESP
Height1.78 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Dentistry - Complutense University of Madrid: Spain
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age six.
Why this sport?
She was afraid of the water until she was age five. Her parents then made her take swimming lessons.
General Interest
Nicknames
Patri (Instagram profile, 17 Aug 2016)
Injuries
An injury forced her to miss the 2017 Spanish national championships. (elperiodico.com, 07 Apr 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's a hard life, but I don't regret anything, this is what I like. Perhaps sometimes I miss being a normal girl, but everything is worth it." (ucm.es, 22 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours
While studying at Queens University of Charlotte in the United States of America, she was named the National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] 2015 Division II Athlete of the Year. She was also named Bluegrass Mountain Conference Female Swimmer of the Year in 2015. (queensathletics.com, 16 Apr 2015; collegiatewomensportsawards.com, 10 Apr 2015)
Other information
TIME OVERSEAS
She moved to the United States of America in 2014 because she felt she needed a change of scenery. "I was happy living in Madrid [Spain], but I had been swimming in the same pool since I was six years old, and I just didn't feel motivated. I needed a change. One of my friends suggested that I reach out to Jeff Dugdale at Queens University of Charlotte, so that I could go to school and swim at Queens." (charlotteagenda.com, 15 May 2015; terrassadigital.cat, 09 Nov 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied business at Queens University of Charlotte in the United States of America. (queensathletics.com, 01 Jan 2015)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
34 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Freestyle 2:00.71
13 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:40.46
16 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:03.74
Heats 2012 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Freestyle 2:00.36
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:42.08
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:53.20
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2010 Dubai, UAE 400m Freestyle 4:04.85
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:56.41
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2016 London, ENG 200m Freestyle 1:58.69
Semifinal 2016 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 55.49
2 2016 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:53.38
6 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:40.64
6 2012 Debrecen, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:59.39
  2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  DSQ
5 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:06.78
8 2010 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:10.11 
6 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:58.29
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2012 Chartres, FRA 200m Freestyle 1:55.96
7 2012 Chartres, FRA 100m Freestyle 54.36
13 2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Freestyle 1:57.34
13 2009 Istanbul, TUR 400m Freestyle 4:07.72
10 2008 Rijeka, CRO 400m Freestyle 4:03.85
7 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Freestyle 1:56.42