4 World Records Fall as Brazil Cleans Up at Sao Paulo WPS World Series Stop

2019 WPS World Series – Sao Paulo

  • April 25-27, 2019
  • Brazilian Paralympic Training Centre, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • LCM
  • Full results

Featuring 250 swimmers from 16 countries, the Sao Paulo stop of the 2019 World Para Swimming World series took place last Thursday through Saturday.

Thirty-three-year-old Maria Carolina Gomes, an S12, made her international debut and broke the Americas record in the 100 free twice in one day. She went 59.65 in prelims and 59.45 in finals, over a second faster than Becca Meyers‘ previous record of 1:00.84 from earlier in April.

She followed up that swim with a world record-breaking performance on Friday, day two, going 1:14.79 in the SB12 100 breast. She was 1:14.94 in prelims, which was also under German Elena Krawzows old record of 1:15.02. In the 50 free later in the session, Gomes missed the world record by just .08, going 27.00 (an Americas record).

Brazilian teammate Daniel Dias broke the S5 world record in the men’s race, going 36.68, and did S10 Phelipe Melo Rodriguez, who went 23.50. Fellow Brazilians Gabriel Cristiano and Cecilia Araujo both set S8 Americas records in the 50 free, going 26.63 and 30.69, respectively.

Yet another Brazilian, S2 Gabriel Geraldo dos Santos, broke a world record on day three. He went 1.05.44 in the 50 fly, nearly five seconds under Bruno Becker’s previous record of 1:11.26.

Argentinian Iñaki Basilo wrapped up the meet with an Americas record in the S8 400 free, going 4:45.74.

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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