Roshendra Vrolijk

Roshendra Vrolijk (born November 3, 1984) is an Aruban former swimmer, who specialized in sprint freestyle events.[1] She is one of Aruba's first Olympic swimmers, alongside Davy Bisslik, and also a two-time Olympian (2000 and 2004).

Roshendra Vrolijk
Personal information
Full nameRoshendra Julienne Mercedes
National team Aruba
Born (1984-11-03) 3 November 1984 (age 35)
Oranjestad, Aruba
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight56 kg (123 lb)

Vrolijk made her Olympic debut, as Aruba's youngest athlete (aged 15), at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where she competed in the women's 50 m freestyle. Swimming in heat three, she edged out Armenia's Yuliana Mikheeva to pick up a sixth seed and sixty-second overall by 0.49 of a second in 29.31.[2]

In 2003, Vrolijk competed in eight events at the Swimming at the 2003 World Aquatics Championships held in Barcelona, Spain, her highest finish out of her eight events was 42nd in the 200 metres breaststroke,[3] and she won her heat in the 50 metres breaststroke but it still wasn't fast enough to qualify for the next round.[4] The next month she swam at the 2003 Pan American Games held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, she competed in the 50 metres freestyle where she finished in 23rd place out of 26 starters.[5]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Vrolijk was elected by the Aruban Olympic Committee to become the nation's first ever female flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[6] She qualified again for the 50 m freestyle by receiving a Universality place from FINA, in an entry time of 28.13.[7] Swimming in heat four, she raced to a third spot by three hundredths of a second (0.03) behind Moldova's Maria Tregubova in 28.43. Vrolijk failed to advance into the semifinals, as she placed forty-ninth overall out of 75 swimmers on the last day of preliminaries.[8][9]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Roshendra Vrolijk". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 50m Freestyle Heat 3" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 164. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  3. ^ "200m Breaststroke heats". Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  4. ^ "50m breaststroke heat 2". Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Pan Am Games Swimming - Day 6 Prelim Results". Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  6. ^ "IOC Latest News: Flag Bearers for the Opening Ceremony". Olympics. 13 August 2004. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Swimming – Women's 50m Freestyle Startlist (Heat 4)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Women's 50m Freestyle Heat 4". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 20 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  9. ^ Thomas, Stephen (20 August 2004). "Women's 50 Freestyle, Prelims Day 7: Inky Sizzles in World Best 24.66, Joyce Next in PR 25.06, Jenny Thompson Makes It Too". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2013.