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Mónica ARANGO ESTRADA
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC Colombia   
GenderWomen
Born05 Jun 1992 in Medellín, COL
Height1.60 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Medellín, COL
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Coach, Student
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Psychology - University of Antioquia: Medellín, COL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She joined the Estrellas de Antioquia club in Colombia at age four.
Why this sport?
"My family enrolled me in a swimming course when I was a child. From there, I moved to the High Performance Initiation and Formation Centre [CIFAR], where coach Celia Torrado discovered my talent for synchronised swimming and diving. I opted for synchronised swimming because I thought the movements were more aesthetic. This sport has been my passion ever since."
Club / Team
Antioquia [COL] / Club de Natacion AquaSwim [COL]: Medellín, COL
Name of coach
Paula Garcia [national], COL; Janeth Hatiuska [national], COL
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Canal UNE YouTube channel, 14 Oct 2016)
Injuries
She experienced constant headaches and high blood pressure in the early part of 2019, which prevented her from training for three weeks. (elcolombiano.com, 20 Apr 2019)
Milestones
She and her duet partner Estefania Alvarez Piedrahita became the first Colombian artistic swimmers to compete at the Olympic Games when they took part in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Jun 2019; medellin.unal.edu.co, 20 Apr 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (dxtcapital.com, 29 Apr 2016)
Other information
DUET PARTNER
She teamed up with Estefania Alvarez Piedrahita in 2012. "I am not as flexible as Estefania. We have a very nice rapport, she is very good with her arms and I am better than her with the legs. She is a very serious person and she is the one who helps me keep my feet on the ground, I am more passionate." (elheraldo.co 01 May 2016; Teleantioquia Deportes YouTube channel, 04 Jun 2015)

SWIMMING CLUB
In 2017 she and Estefania Alvarez Piedrahita, as well as their coach Paula Garcia, founded AquaSwim club in Medellin, Colombia. "It is different being a pupil than sharing knowledge, but it is a beautiful energy. The girls always receive you with a hug and they are very attentive to what I do." (elcolombiano.com, 06 Jan 2019; uniminutoradio.com.co, 27 Feb 2017; noticiascaracoltv.com, 26 Feb 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Preliminary Round 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Duet 160.803
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Preliminary Round 2019 Gwangju, KOR Solo Free Routine 78.400
Preliminary Round 2019 Gwangju, KOR Solo Technical Routine 78.880
Preliminary Round 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Free Routine 79.033
Preliminary Round 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Technical Routine 79.164
Preliminary Round 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Technical Routine 77.878
Preliminary Round 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Free Routine 79.800
20 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Free Routine 79.167 
Preliminary round 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Technical Routine 77.907
Preliminary round 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Technical Routine 77.700
Preliminary round 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Free Routine 77.430
Preliminary round 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Technical Routine 75.600
Preliminary round 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Technical Routine 75.000
Preliminary round 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Free Routine 76.780