With the final round of relay qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics closing on May 31, Brazil has officially qualified two more relay teams, adding 3 relay-only swimmers to its Olympic roster.
Brazil added a women’s 4×100 medley relay and a men’s 4×200 free relay to its Olympic relay entries, and now will have entries into all 6 relay events at their home Olympic Games in August.
That adds three swimmers to a Brazilian roster that was already the nation’s largest Olympic swim team ever:
- Andre Linhares Pereira (men’s 4×200 free relay)
- Natalia de Luccas (4×100 medley relay)
- Jhennifer Alves da Conceicao (women’s 4×100 medley relay, 100 breaststroke)
Pereira was the 4th-place finisher in the 200 free at Brazil’s national championships (the Maria Lenk Trophy) in April. He’ll join Nicolas Oliveira, Joao de Lucca and Luiz Altamir on the national 800 free relay team. Oliveria and de Lucca were both already qualified for the Olympic roster in multiple events (Oliveira for the 100 and 200 frees, plus the 4×100 free relay; de Lucca for the 200 free and 4×100 free relay) and Altamir had already qualified in the 400 free.
De Luccas will join the 4×100 medley relay. She’s the second-best 100 backstroker in the qualifying season at 1:01.11, with Etiene Medeiros sitting first in 1:00.00. Medeiros already has a pretty full Olympic schedule, so de Luccas should be able to swim during prelims and/or finals to lighten the event load on Medeiros.
De Luccas is also the nation’s top 200 backstroker, and will now be able to swim that event in Rio.
Conceicao is the nation’s top 100 breaststroker, and should fill that slot on the medley relay as well as be Brazil’s only entrant in the individual event.
Here’s Brazil’s updated Olympic roster, including the likely swimmers on the two newly-added relays. The new swimmers and relays are indicated in bold.
Bruno Fratus (50m free)
Ítalo Manzine (50m free)
Marcelo Chierighini (100m free, 4x100m free and 4x100m medley)
Nicolas Oliveira (100m free, 200m free, 4x100m free, 4×200 free relay)
João de Lucca (200m free and 4x100m free, 4×200 free relay)
Matheus Santana (4x100m free)
Luiz Altamir (400m free, 4×200 free relay)
Brandonn Almeida (1500m free and 400m IM)
Miguel Valente (1500m free)
João Gomes Jr (100m breast and 4x100m medley)
Felipe França (100m breast)
Tales Cerdeira (200m breast)
Thiago Simon (200m breast)
Guilherme Guido (100m back, 4x100m medley)
Leonardo de Deus (200m back, 200m fly)
Kaio Marcio (200m fly)
Henrique Martins (100m fly, 4x100m medley)
Marcos Macedo (100m fly)
Henrique Rodrigues (200m IM)
Thiago Pereira (200m IM)
Gabriel Santos (4×100 free relay)
Andre Pereira (4×200 free relay)
Etiene Medeiros (50m free, 100m free, 100m back, and 4x100m free, 4×100 medley relay)
Graciele Herrmann (50m free)
Larissa Oliveira (100m free, 200m free, 4x100m free, and 4x200m free, 4×100 medley relay)
Jessica Bruin (4x200m free)
Gabrielle Roncatto (4x200m free)
Manuella Lyrio (200m free, 4x100m free, and 4x200m free)
Daiene Dias (100m fly, 4×100 medley relay)
Daynara de Paula (100m fly, and 4x100m free, 4×100 medley relay?)
Joanna Maranhão (200m IM and 400m IM)
Natalia de Luccas (4×100 medley relay, 200 back)
Jhennifer Conceicao (100 breast, 4×100 medley relay)