2016 MARIA LENK TROPHY OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Friday, April 15th – Wednesday, April 20th
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Prelims 9:30am local/8:30am EDT; Finals 5:30pm local/4:30pm EDT
- Brazilian Olympic Selection Criteria
- Maria Lenk Start List
- Meet Schedule
- Real-Time Results
- Qualifiers after Day 1
- Qualifiers after Day 2
Only three events are being swum on Day 3 of the Maria Lenk Trophy and they all happen to be in the 200 distances. This morning in the women’s 200 free heats, Larissa Oliveira put up the top time at 1:58.53 and achieved Brazil’s second FINA ‘A’ cut in the event behind Manuella Lyrio, who already scored her FINA ‘A’ cut at the Brazil Open, but failed to make the A final. Oliveira is followed by Jessica De Bruin of SESI-SP (1:59.43) and Katarina Listopadova of Slovakia (2:00.04) in tonight’s final.
For the men’s 200 fly, Kaio Almeida turned in a time of 1:56.40, which is well under the FINA ‘A’ standard and sits second to Leonardo De Deus’ Brazil Open time of 1:56.14. Those two gentlemen will be Brazil’s duo in the 200 fly at Rio unless second seed Vinicius Lanza of Fiat/Minas can dramatically improve upon his 1:58.18 prelims swim.
Joanna Maranhao touched in at 2:17.10 in the women’s 200 IM prelims, and her Brazil Open swim of 2:14.04 stands as the only FINA ‘A’ cut achieved by a Brazilian. Seeing how her nearest competitor is seconds away from her, Maranhao only needs to complete tonight’s race, then it’s off to Rio. She’s trailed by Nathalia Almeida (2:17.73) and Barbora Zavadova (2:18.10) heading into tonight’s contest.
WOMEN’S 200 FREE – FINALS
- Brazilian Record: Manuella Lyrio, 1:58.03, 2015
- FINA ‘A’ Qualification Standard: 1:58.96
- ‘A’ Qualifiers from Brazil Open: Manuella Lyrio (1:58.43)
- Larissa Oliveira, Pinheiros, 1:57.37
- Manuella Lyrio, Pinheiros, 1:58.62
- Jessica de Bruin, SESI-SP, 1:59.05
Junxuan Yang of China jumped as the early leader, taking out the first 50 meters in 27.37 as compared to top seeded Larissa Oliveira’s 27.55. The international guest dropped the next lap to Oliveira, 57.65 versus 57.80, and the Brazilian held on to finish the race on top with a mark of 1:57.37, knocking off Manuella Lyrio’s Brazilian National Record of 1:58.03 and also establishing a new South American record in the process. Her new record of 1:57.37 now sits as the world’s 18th quickest 200 lcm free this year.
Yang, who’s just fourteen-years-old, entered Maria Lenk with 2:01.05 and improved to 1:59.38. She would, however, fall off the radar in the last 50 meters as Jessica de Bruin of SESI-SP took second with 1:59.05 and Gabrielle Roncatto of Unisanta finished third with 1:59.22. All of the five Brazilians who competed in the A final improved their personal bests.
After just watching her national record fall, Lyrio took out her race just a few tenths slower than Oliveira, but flipped at 57.65 for a matching split. She would win the B final with 1:58.62, still well under the FINA ‘A’ standard and finished second overall.
MEN’S 200 FLY – FINALS
- Brazilian Record: Kaio Almeida, 1:53.92, 2009
- FINA ‘A’ Qualification Standard: 1:56.97
- ‘A’ Qualifiers from Brazil Open: Leonardo De Deus (1:56.14)
- Leonardo de Deus, Corinthians, 1:55.54
- Kaio Almeida, Fiat/Minas, 1:56.21
- Vinicius Lanza, Fiat/Minas, 1:57.44
Kaio Almeida churned out a 25.44 on the opening 50 split with Vinicius Lanza on his hips at 25.77. Almedia turned at the halfway mark in 54.71, but instead of Lanza touching next, it was Leonardo de Deus in 55.05. Almedia and de Deus would go head-to-head on the third leg, but de Deus’ closing speed in the last 25 meters would see him emerge on top and slice off nearly three-and-a-half seconds off his seed for 1:55.54. Almeida improved to 1:56.21 and Lanza landed in third place with a solid drop from his prelims swim with 1:57.44.
de Deus’ 1:55:54 currently lists him in sixth on the year’s top 200 fly times. Almeida will advance to his fourth Olympic games alongside Gustavo Borges and Thiago Pereira.
Pedro Vieira had control of the B final through the 100 wall in 55.06, but would fall to fifth in the heat (2:01.81) with Matheus Gonche winning the race in 1:59.46.
WOMEN’S 200 IM – FINALS
- Brazilian Record: Joanna Maranhao, 2:12.12, 2009
- FINA ‘A’ Qualification Standard: 2:14.26
- ‘A’ Qualifiers from Brazil Open: Joanna Maranhao (2:14.04)
- Joanna Maranhao, Pinheiros, 2:14.37
- Barbora Zavadova,Czech Republic, 2:15.01*
- Virginia Bardach, Argentina, 2:15.13*
- Nathalia Almeida, Pinheiros, 2:15.24
- Gabrielle Goncalves, Unisanta, 2:15.81
*- International swimmer
In the tightest race of the night, Joanna Maranhao proved why she is the South American and Brazilian national record-holder in the 200 IM. The Pinheiros veteran clocked 29.06 on the opening fly leg with Nathalia Almedia of CR/Flamengo and Czech swimmer Barbora Zavadova turning in 29.24 and 29.26 respectively. Coming into the back to breast exchange, Maranhao touched at 1:03.01 with teammate Florencia Perotti a smidge behind at 1:03.67, but at the last turn Maranhao was two one-hundredths behind Zavadova’s 1:43.02. Maranhao dug in hard on the last 50 meters to emerge victorious with 2:14.36, just slightly off the FINA ‘A’ standard. Zavadova narrowly defeated Argentine swimmer Virginia Bardach, 2:15.01 to 2:15.13, for second place and it took Almeida’s 2:15.24 to be the next highest Brazilian finish.
SESI-SP’s Clarissa Rodrigues had the B final at the 50 turn in 30.15, but was overtaken by Corinthians swimmer Maria Sumida for the back and breast laps. Rodrigues shot out on the free split to win the B final over Sumida, 2:20.24 versus 2:21.00.
Team Standings through Prova/Event 13