15-Year Old Stephan Steverink Adds 4:21 in 400 IM to Big Results in Brazil


  • December 3-7, 2019
  • CNR Álvares Cabral pool
  • Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results

15-year old Stephan Alexander Steverink has put in another show-stopping swim at the Brazilian 15-16 age group championships. Swimming in the Juvenile 1 category, for 15-year old swimmers (born in the year 2004), Steverink posted a 4:21.35 in the 400 IM on Thursday. That breaks the Brazilian National and Championship Records for his age in the event, and won the meet title by nearly 30 seconds.

While not quite a Phelpsian effort, who is the gold standard globally in the 400 IM, having swum 4:15.20 at 16-years old, it is one of the world’s fastest times at that age in that event. For perspective, Carson Foster was a 4:21 at 15 years old, as was Andrew Seliskar.

The swim came as a follow-up to a 15:26.77 in the 1500 free swum earlier in the meet by Steverink. The 400 IM swim was the less-surprising result of the two, given that up until this week his best performances had been as a breaststroker. Steverink showed that skill off as well on Wednesday, when he set a new age record in the 200 breaststroke in 2:18.44.

“I did not expect this record, because in the morning I did not pace my swim very well,” Steverink said. “In the final, though, I managed to improve and beat the record. I don’t think there’s any word other than pride. I am very proud of the work that I’ve done.”

Steverink is a dual citizen of Brazil and the Netherlands, with the latter being via a Dutch father. He won gold in the Boys 14 200 breast at the 2019 Dutch Junior Nationals in Eindhoven in June. His time of 2:19.73 was nearly 5 seconds faster than that of the Boys 15 event winner and eclipsed the Boys 16-17 event winner by 2.3 seconds. He also won the Boys 14 400 free (4:04.42), 100 breast (1:05.58), 200 IM (2:07.51), and 400 IM (4:30.33) in Eindhoven.

Other Noteworthy and Record-Breaking Performances on Days 2 and 3:

  • In the 16-year old 200 breaststroke, Raphael Rached broke a Brazilian age record with a 2:15.40 in the event. “It was a good test,” Rached said. “I even expected the record, but not in that time. It was a very good time and I am very happy to have made it here in Vitória. It is a great work of all Curitibano that came to this result here.”
  • 15-year old Stephanie Balduccini from Paineiras broke the Championship Record in the 50 free in finals with a 25.93. That just missed the national age record of 25.70 that was done by Fernanda Delgado in 2013. On Thursday, she repeated her effort with a 56.00 for another Meet Record – this one in a time that was .95 seconds better than her previous top time. She also won the 200 back on Thursday in 2:24.52.
  • In the boys’ 100 free, which is a highlight event at all Brazilian meets, Lucas Tudoras won the 15-year olds age group in 51.07, which improved his old best time of 52.21. Among 16-year olds, the winner was Guilherme Garibe Santos in 50.66, which improved his old best time of 51.46. He won the 50 free on Wednesday in 23.17.
  • Tudoras also won the 200 back on Thursday, swimming a 2:07.37.

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2 years ago

And he still have the 200 IM at night.. which he will probably break the Age Group Record and the 400 free tomorrow..

Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

How’d he go ?

2 years ago

Age Group Record (Again) for Steverink

800 free 8:07:21

2 years ago

4;15 at 16 wtf

Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Well… it was Michael Pehlps. He already had an Olympic final and a World Record in the 200 fly under his belt by that time.

Reply to  FSt
2 years ago

Foster at 16 did 4.14 at junior Pan PACs last year

2 years ago

Has he declared a sporting citizenship yet? When would he have to do that?

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Well.. with his 400 IM if he improves a little he could fight for the 2nd spot on 400 IM on Tokyo already.. so.. he is near the time to choose

His splits: 1:00.53, 1:09.47, 1:12.50, 58.75 – 4:21.35

He has a lot of improvement room specially on Back

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