2019 Brazil Trophy Night 5: Medeiros Hits #1 50 BK, Pumputis Drops Big

2019 BRAZIL TROPHY (FORMERLY MARIA LENK)

Night 5 of the 2019 Brazil Trophy Meet, which serves as a qualifying meet for the 2019 FINA World Championships, features the men’s and women’s 200m IM, 50 fly, and 50 back, as well as the women’s 400m free.

WOMEN’S 200 IM FINALS

Italian Ilaria Cusinato of Minas took this one in 2:13.96, over a second ahead of the Argetine Florencia Perotti of Pinheiros, who was 2:15.07. The top Brazilian was Unisanta’s Gabrielle Roncatto in 2:15.96. All three women were under the FINA ‘B’ cut, while Cusinato was within a second of the ‘A’ cut, which was 2:13.03.

Cusinato won the 2019 Italian National title in that race with her season-best 2:11.89 just a few weeks ago.

MEN’S 200 IM FINALS

Caio Pumputis has had a great meet so far, and his success continued tonight with his win in this race. Pumputis led a Pinheiros 1-2-3 here, posting a time of 1:57.70 to win by a considerable margin over teammates Leonardo Santos (1:59.56) and Gabriel Ogawa (1:59.92).

Pumputis came into this meet with a best of 2:00.97 from the 2017 World Junior Championships, meaning he’s taken over three seconds off of that time today. He moves to #9 in the world this year.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 200 IM

MitchellAUS
LARKIN
06/12
1.55.72
2Daiya
SETO
JPN1.56.1407/25
3Jeremy
DESPLANCHES
SUI1.56.5607/25
4Duncan
Scott
GBR1.56.6504/20
5Shun
WANG
CHN1.56.6603/28
6Chase
KALISZ
USA1.56.7807/25
7Phillip
HEINTZ
GER1.56.8607/25
8Michael
ANDREW
USA1.57.4904/13
9Haiyang
QIN
CHN1.57.5010/13
10Abrahm
DeVINE
USA1.57.6607/25
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The top three went under the FINA ‘A’ cut, and Pumputis becomes the third-best performer in Brazilian history. Only Thiago Pereira (1:55.55) and Henrique Rodrigues (1:57.06) have been better.

Vini Lanza of Minas was well off of his best time of 1:58.10 tonight, as he settled for 4th at 2:00.97.

WOMEN’S 50 FLY FINALS

This morning, American Mallory Comerford went a lifetime best 26.50 to lead the way in prelims and tie Natalie Coughlin for the 16th spot on the U.S. all-time top performers list. She slipped down to 5th tonight, though, gaining a bit of time to clock a 26.73.

The winner tonight was Daiene Dias of CR Flamengo at 26.31. Tying for second were Giovanna Diamante and Luanna De Oliveira, both of Pinheiros, at 26.65, while Daynara Paula of Sesi was 26.71 for 4th, just ahead of Comerford. All five were well under the ‘A’ cut.

MEN’S 50 FLY FINALS

Nicholas Santos may be 39 years old, but he’s still one of the deadliest sprint butterfliers in the world, and he showed that tonight. The Unisanta swimmer blasted a 22.77 to take the race, well ahead of Pinheiros’ Gabriel Santos (23.43) and Minas’ Vini Lanza (23.51). All three were quicker than the ‘A’ cut.

Santos now ranks 2nd in the world in this event.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 50 FLY

2Nicholas
SANTOS
BRA22.6005/11
3Oleg
KOSTIN
RUS22.7007/22
4Andrii
GOVOROV
UKR22.8007/21
4Michael
ANDREW
USA22.8007/22
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WOMEN’S 50 BACK FINALS

Etiene Medeiros (Sesi) ripped a meet record of 27.36 to win this race by a landslide. It’s a great swim, and not far off of her 27.14 South American record. This performance comes after Medeiros stated that she’s actually focusing down to the 50 and 100 free for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and not training as much backstroke.

That training plan is proving to be just as helpful for her backstroke, and she shoots to the #1 spot in the world this season.

2018-2019 LCM WOMEN 50 BACK

2Liu
XIANG
CHN27.3508/08
3Etiene
MEDEIROS
BRA27.3604/20
4Daria
VASKINA
RUS27.5107/25
5Anastasia
FESIKOVA
RUS27.5805/11
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Argentine Andrea Berrino of Unisanta was 2nd (28.59) followed by Corinthians’ Erika Goncalves (28.77). Only Medeiros beat the ‘A’ cut in this race.

MEN’S 50 BACK FINALS

After Gabriel Fantoni of Minas was the only swimmer under 25 this morning (24.90), he was upset tonight and fell to third.

Guilherme Guido and Guilherme Basseto both dropped under 25 tonight. The Pinheiros swimmers went 24.94 and 24.99, respectively, with Fantoni third at 25.12. All three were under the ‘A’ cut.

Fantoni has the top time of the day, still, and he ranks 6th in the world with that time. Guido moves to 8th and Basseto will sit 12th.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 50 BACK

KlimentRUS
KOLESNIKOV
07/27
24.35 *WJR
2Michael
ANDREW
USA24.3906/21
3Vladimir
MOROZOV
RUS24.4008/16
4Zane
WADDELL
RSA24.4307/28
5Jiayu
XU
CHN24.4703/31
6Justin
RESS
USA24.4807/10
7Evgeny
RYLOV
RUS24.4907/28
8Ryan
MURPHY
USA24.5307/28
8Robert
GLINTA
ROU24.5307/27
10Grigory
TARASEVICH
RUS24.6407/10
11Finlay
KNOX
CAN24.6505/24
11Jeremy
STRAVIUS
FRA24.6504/16
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WOMEN’S 400 FREE FINALS

Argentine Delfina Pignatiello, who just turned 19 yesterday, took this one with a time of 4:09.22. The Pinheiros swimmer was well under the FINA ‘A’ cut and won this race by four seconds over 2nd place Viviane Jungblut of GNU (4:13.28). Pignatiello moves to 25th in the world, the only South American to rank in this event.

The race for 2nd was tight, as Jungblut hit the wall just ahead of Aline Rodrigues and Maria Heitmann, both of Minas. Rodrigues was 4:13.68 for 3rd and Heitmann was 4:13.69 for 4th. Cusinato swam her 2nd race of the night to hit a 4:17.04 to take 5th.

TOP 5 TEAMS AFTER DAY 5:

Minas was winning by nearly 200 points yesterday, but Pinheiros has reeled them in hard and now sits just 25 points back with one day left in the competition.

  1. Minas Tenis – 1986
  2. Pinheiros – 1961
  3. Corinthians – 792
  4. Unisanta – 623
  5. CR Flamengo – 487

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Rafael

If the team has spots left they should take old man Santos

Samuel Huntington

Love seeing fantastic 200 IM times from so many swimmers! Becoming such a deep event.

Swimmer

The 50 back rankings look to be incomplete. I’m not sure why, but Zane Waddell is missing from the list. He recently swam a 24.78 at South African Nationals. Any reason why that swim may not have been added to the rankings?

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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