Almeida Sets South American Record in 400 Free to Close Brazil Open


Continuing his impressive run at these 2016 Brazilian Championships, Brazilian Olympian Brandonn Almeida won his 4th gold of the meet with a new South American Record in the 400 free. Almeida’s winning time of 3:49.46 was yet another best time for the future South Carolina Gamecock. That put him over a second ahead of silver medalist Luiz Altamir, who clocked a 3:50.64 for 2nd place.

Fellow Brazilian Olympians Leonardo De Deus and Marcelo Chierghini each picked up a gold. Chierighini, who trains with the postgrad group at Auburn University, won the 50 free with a quick 22.41. De Deus, on the other hand, took gold in his signature 200 fly with a winning time of 1:56.21.

On the women’s side, sprint standout Etiene Medeiros hauled in her 3rd gold of the meet. Medeiros, who won the 50 fly and 50 back earlier in the meet, was the only swimmer to crack the 25-second barrier in the final. Her 24.98 was good for victory ahead of Lorrane Ferreira (25.28).


  • Women’s 400 free- Larissa Oliveria, 4:15.01
  • Men’s 100 breast- Pedro Cardona, 1:00.46
  • Women’s 100 breast- Jhennifer Conceição, 1:08.96
  • Women’s 200 fly- Maria Pessanha, 2:14.85


The Brazilian site Best Swim is tracking, after each day of the meet, who the 8 qualified swimmers for the World Championships would be to this point of the meet based on the relative points of their meets. While there’s still the Maria Lenk Trophy to come, this list is “if the meets ended today,” and so is not an official roster.

(NOTE: The following list includes the rankings through day 3 of the meet. Once the site posts the top 8 that factors in day 4, we will update accordingly)

  1. Thiago Simon, 200 breast, 2:10.78, 915 points
  2. Brandonn Almeida, 400 IM, 4:12:49 ,901 points
  3. Gabriel Santos, 100 free, 48.60, 899 points
  4. Guilherme Guido, 100 back, 54.30, 875 points
  5. Manuella Lyrio, 200 free, 1:58.25, 872 points
  6. Henrique Barbosa, 200 breast, 2:13.25, 865 points
  7. Pedro Spajari, 100 free, 49.44, 859 points
  8. (T-8) Guilherme Costa, 1500 free, 15:17:46, 856 points
  9. (T-8) Henrique Martins, 100 fly, 52.46, 856 points


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Absolute monster catch from USC. This guy is going to be the next South American star.


He’s going to South Carolina not Southern California.


You can abbreviate both as USC.


@Markster: he’s not wrong…
Similar to how UND can be Notre Dame or North Dakota.




What a meet this guy is having! Huge boost for South Carolina

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