Africa Zamorano Swims 2:05 200 Backstroke to Book Ticket to Worlds

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 0

November 18th, 2018 News


20-year old Africa Zamorano joined the parade of Spanish swimmers who hit qualifying times for the 2018 World Short Course Championships. While a few other swimmers hit new standards, and others confirmed their pre-selected status, Zamorano was the lone new addition to the lineup.

Her qualification came in the 200 backstroke. Swimming with plenty of clean water (she won by almost 4 seconds), Zamorano finished in 2:05.60. That clears .38 from her prior lifetime best and is 8-tenths better than the Spanish minimum for a World Championship invite.

Shortly after her race, Hugo Oliveira, who already won the 200 IM in a qualifying time on Saturday, did so again in the 200 back on Sunday. He swam 1:52.48 to win by more than 3 seconds and match, exactly, the Spanish qualification standard for Worlds.

Other Day 4 Winners:

  • Lidon Munoz del Campo won the women’s 50 free in 24.58, which missed her own Spanish Record of 24.27 set earlier in the meet in a relay leadoff. While that time missed the Spanish standard, she’s already qualified based on her 100 free. Also in this race, Ainhoa Campabadal broke a National Record for 15-year olds with a 25.98.
  • Francisco Javier Chacon Mateos won the men’s 200 fly in 1:56.66. Finishing 4th in that race was Joan Lluis Pons, one of the 6 pre-selected Spanish swimmers for Worlds. His time was just a 1:58.06, well short of the necessary FINA A time to confirm his spot at Worlds. Having not hit a FINA ‘A’ standard at this meet, he has not confirmed the pre-selection spot for Worlds, and barring intervention won’t, in fact, go to Hangzhou.
  • Catalina Corro Lorente finished-off her 3rd event win of the met (and 6th top-3 finish) with a 2:09.18 in the 200 fly final. She was .01 seconds faster in prelims, and also placed 2nd in the 800 free timed final in 8:25.39. She had lifetime-best times in 5 of those 6 events.
  • That runner-up finish in the 800 free left her behind only Jimena Perez Blanco, who is also already on the team for Worlds. She won in 8:23.16.
  • Moritz Berg Eischeid won the men’ 50 free in 21.84.
  • Albert Escrits Manosa won the men’s 1500 free in 14:45.84. Marc Sanchez, the Spanish Record holder who already qualified for the meet, didn’t swim the event.
  • CN Sant Andreu won the women’s 400 medley relay in 3:58.94, bookended by a 59.8 from Zamorano on the leadoff and a 53.21 anchor from Munoz.
  • Real Canoe NC won the men’s 400 medley relay in 3:32.46, led off by a 52.35 from Hugo Gonzalez.

Qualified Swimmers After Day 4 for the 2018 Short Course World Championships:

Final roster to be confirmed.

  • Jessica Vall (confirmed pre-selection)
  • Catalina Corro (confirmed pre-selection)
  • Lidon Munoz – 100 free (new standard)
  • Marc Sanchez (new standard)
  • Marina Garcia (confirmed pre-selection)
  • Jimena Perez (confirmed pre-selection)
  • Hugo Gonzalez (new standard)
  • Africa Zamora (new standard)

Team Scores – Conclusion of Meet

Top 5 Men’s Teams

  1. Real Canoe – 793
  2. CN Sant Andreu – 660
  3. Gredos San Diego – 470.50
  4. Sabadell – 435
  5. Santa Olaya – 410

Top 5 Women’s Teams

  1. CN Sant Andreu – 776.50
  2. CN Sabadell – 703
  3. Real Canoe – 498
  4. Gredos San Diego – 476.50
  5. Mediterrani – 382


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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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