Brazil staged the third session of the 2015 Brazil Open (Troféu Daltely Guimarães e Torneio Open 2015) this morning, the first of its two Olympic-qualifying meets. Yesterday, the meet got off to a strong start when Leonardo De Deus hit an Olympic “A” standard in the prelims of the 200 back.
As a reminder, Brazil will select its team based solely on FINA’s rules for Olympic rosters, rather than adding extra time standards, as the nation has done in its past. Brazil will bring up to two swimmers per event who have hit FINA’s “A” standard. If no swimmer hits the “A” time, Brazil will bring one swimmer with a “B” time. The Brazilian Swimming Federation also has a framework in place to add extra relay swimmers and to adjust the roster as it sees fit to compose the best roster for the Olympics the nation will host next summer.
‘A’ standard times this morning went to Nicolas Oliveira, Joao de Lucca, Guilherme Guido, Marcos Macedo, Nicholas Santos, and Henrique de Souza Martins on the men’s side. Joanna Maranhao was the sole qualifier on the women’s side. *Note that, despite making the A cut, the three male butterfliers will not all be able to compete in the 100 fly in Rio.
WOMEN’S 50 BREAST
First, in a non-Olympic event, Ana Carvalho clocked a 31.42 in the 50 breast, just edging out Jhennifer Conceicao’s 31.44 to qualify first in the event.
MEN’S 50 BREAST
On the men’s side, Joao Gomes Jr. qualified first in the event with 27.25.
WOMEN’S 200 FREE
The top nine women in the 200 free grabbed the B standard of 2:03.13, with Manuella Lyrio coming closest to the A mark of 1:58.96, just three tenths off in 1:59.24. She’ll get another chance tonight.
MEN’S 200 FREE
Nicolas Nilo Oliveira and Joao Bevilaqua de Lucca most likely will take up two spots on the Brazilian Olympic roster, after swiftly taking down the A qualifying standard of 1:47.97 in the men’s 200m freestyle. Oliveira swam a 1:47.09, and de Lucca hit soon after in 1:47.81. Those were the 8th and 12th fastest swims in the world in the 2015-2016 season. De Lucca currently holds the Brazilian and South American records in the event, a 1:46.42, and both swimmers will be chasing that mark tonight. The top 11 swimmers in the event hit under the B standard of 1:51.75.
WOMEN’S 100 BACK
Etiene Pires Medeiros, the South American record-holder in this event, rocketed ahead of the competition in the women’s 100 backstroke, swimming a 1:00.31 to second-place Natalia de Luccas‘s 1:03.51. Medeiros just missed the A standard, 1:00.25, and her time ties her for the 11th fastest time in the world this season. She was the only swimmer in that event to hit the B standard, 1:02.36.
MEN’S 100 BACK
The South Amerian record-holder in this event Guilherme Augusto Guido will probably take another spot on the roster, after clocking a 53.41 to qualify first in the men’s 100 back. His time came in nearly a second under the A mark of 54.36 and over a second ahead of the field. The top five swimmers came in under the B standard of 56.26. Guido’s swim will move him up to fourth in the world rankings. He currently holds Brazilian and South American records in this event.
WOMEN’S 100 FLY
Daynara Ferreira Paula and Daiene Marçal Dias both have a good chance at the A standard in the 100 fly tonight, after clocking 58.87 and 58.93 in prelims. The A mark is 58.74. They both hit the B standard, along with Bruna Caroline Lemos, who swam a 1:00.52 to qualify third.
MEN’S 100 FLY
Three more swimmers swam the A time in the men’s 100 fly, as Marcos Antonio Macedo, Henrique de Souza Martins, and Nicholas Santos each hit under 52.36. Macedo clocked 52.17, Martins hit second in 52.25, and Santos finished in 52.31. Those times move them up to sixth, eighth, and ninth in the world rankings.
This gets especially interesting because Brazil can only bring two swimmers with FINA’s A standard per event, so they will most likely bring the two swimmers with the fastest times. However, all three will have the chance to swim this event again tonight and then again at the Maria Lenk Trophy later on this year.
WOMEN’S 400 IM
Joanna Maranhao dominated the women’s 400 IM, besting the Olympic A standard by nearly three seconds with a 4:40.78. That swim will put her 13th in the world rankings. With the safe assumption that she makes the team, this will be her fourth Olympics. Florencia Perotti touched second with a B standard 4:55.51.
MEN’S 400 IM
Brandonn Pierry Cruz Almedia was the top qualifier in the men’s 400 IM, with 4:30.06, which misses the B standard by about four and a half seconds. Leonardo Coelho Santos hit second in 4:31.78.