3 Relay Swimmers Officially Added To Brazil’s Olympic Roster

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.


MEN (22)

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)

WOMEN (11)

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)

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6 years ago

Thiago pereira????????

Great swimmer truly is, but would love to know his thoughts towards Rio. No 400im ? Really ?
200im he really thinks he can beat phelps lochte and hagino, his freestyle is to sub par as shown in every year dating back to 2004. At least in the 400im he has an outside shot of medalling again. 200im unless ur phelps lochte hagino I highly doubt ur medaling.
2004 – 4th 200im
2007 – 4th 200im
2008 – 4th 200im
2009 – 200im 4th
2009 – 400im 4th
2011- 6th 200im
2012 – 200im 4th
Finally in 2013 and 2015 he wins medals, no phelps or cesh and lochte… Read more »

Reply to  Skoorbnagol
6 years ago

That is a hot topic on Brazil swimming, everybody thinks Pereira should swim the 400 IM.. he can make the A cut, no doubts, but if he is not training for that event he might miss final or he might have the same problem Phelps had on 2012 400 IM..

Reply to  Rafael
6 years ago

Tell me how he isn’t good enough to go 4.08 again ? His fly is 52, his back is 1.57/53 and his breaststroke is amazing imo….
Disappointed I won’t be seeing him in Rio on 400im. For such a good swimmer, one Olympic silver seems well poor. Compared to lochte and cesh. I think most people would say he is in the same leagues if u watched him swim individual strokes, truly great swimmer.

6 years ago

Thiago pereira ????????
Great swimmer, but would love to know his understanding of taking on phelps / lochte / hagino in 200im with his freestyle (which is awful if we’re been honest), at a home games he is going to want to medal but no 400? at least in the 400im there’s a medal chance and it’s realistic. 200im forget it. The two best off all time and best versatile swimmer in world right now…. Once again Thiago is mr 4th.

6 years ago

Jared, Natalia must swim the medley as she cannot swim the individual 100 back (She does not have fina A cut, while Etiene has). Natalia could only swim with her B time if Etiene gave up her individual qualification slot

Daniel Takata
Reply to  Jared Anderson
6 years ago

Jared, Natalia de Luccas will swim the 200m back, since she has fina B cut and no other brazilian will swim this event. Also, the name of Gabriel Santos is missing (the federation has announced five swimmers for the 4x100m men’s relay, and he has the 5th time). Brazil’s roster has 33 names.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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