2019 Brazilian 15-16 Summer Interclub Championships – Troféu Carlos Campos Sobrinho
- December 3-7, 2019
- CNR Álvares Cabral pool
- Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil
- LCM (50m)
The 2019 Brazilian Youth (15-16s) Summer Interclub Championships, the Troféu Carlos Campos Sobrinho, kicked off with a bang at the Álvares Cabral pool in Vitória on Tuesday afternoon when 15-year-old Stephan Alexander Steverink downed the meet record in the 1500m free with 15:26.77. Steverink, who represents the club team Athletic Association Bank Brazil – Sao Paulo, came into the meet seeded 1st in the Juvenil 1 category (swimmers born in 2004) with a PB of 16:00.32. With his 33.6-second drop, he broke the age category record as well as the championships record and won his event by nearly 44 seconds.
Steverink, a dual citizen in Brazil and Netherlands, has been breaking Brazilian age group records for years, but they have been mostly in breaststroke. 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.
Brazil is known more as a sprint powerhouse than a distance freestyle incubator. César Cielo, Bruno Fratus, Felipe Lima, Nicholas Santos, Thiago Pereira, Nicolas Oliveira, Felipe Silva, Guilherme Guido, Caio Pumputis, Vini Lanza, Marcelo Chierighini, Etiene Medeiros, Larissa Oliveira, and Jhennifer Conceição are but a few of the names who represent Brazil internationally – and most of them specialize in 200s-and-shorter distances.
Steverink wasn’t the only distance swimmer with big performances on Day 1 in Vitória. Bernardo Marino Gavioli (GNU), runner-up in the Boys 14 event, took 25.3 seconds off his seed time to touch in 16:10.51. Just behind him was Guilherme Sperandio (Bolsa Atleta MS Radio Clube/MS) who improved by 44.1 to stop the clock at 16:10.92.
- Gustavo Francisco Saldo (Curitibano) won the Boys 15 (Juvenil 2) 1500 free in 15:43.29, a PB by 2.5 seconds.
- Bruna de Padua (Curitibano) won the Girls 14 (Juvenil 1) 800 free in 9:12.49, dropping 10.5 seconds.
- Cibelle Jungblut (GNU) won the Girls 15 (Juvenil 2) 800 free in 9:11.79.