Ana Marcela Cunha, Diogo Villarinho Begin 2019 Brazil Trophy with 5K Wins


Open water swimming podium staple Ana Marcela Cunha kicked off Brazil’s 2019 national championship with a commanding win in the 5K open water swim. The top two swimmers in the men’s and women’s races qualifying for Brazil 2019 FINA World Championships team; there’s a hiccup on the men’s side, though, as there was a tie for second.

Unisanta’s Marcela Cunha finished first in 1:00.02.00. In second, and qualifying for Worlds, was GNU’s Viviane Jungblut in 1:00.30.oo. Marcela Cunha was already qualified for Worlds in the 10K.

Top 10 Finishers: Women’s 5K 

  1. Ana Marcela Cunha – 1:00.02.00
  2. Viviane Jungblut – 1:00.30.00
  3. Betina Lorscheitter – 1:00.40.00
  4. Gabriela Ferreira – 1:01.02 .00
  5. Aricia Peree – 1:05.52.00
  6. Cibelle Jungblut – 1:07.02.00
  7. Julia Nina – 1:07.02.10
  8. Marina Amorim – 1:08.49.00
  9. Carol Hertel – 1:09.46.00
  10. Rafaela Souza – 1:09.48.00

Minas’ Diogo Villarinho won the men’s race in 58:46.00, punching his ticket to Worlds. Fernando Ponte (GNU) and Allan Lopes Mamedio do Carmo (ACEB) tied for second place in 58:48.00. Seeing as only the top two swimmers qualify for Worlds, the CBDA (Brazil’s aquatic governing body) will have to decide on a tiebreaker, but has yet to announce what that will be.

Top 10 Finishers: Men’s 5K

  1. Diogo Villarinho 58:46.00
  2. Fernando Ponte and Allan do Carmo – 58:48.00
  3. Enzo Kihara – 58:57.00
  4. Alexandre Finco – 58:58.00
  5. Guilherme Toledo Ribeiro – 58:59.00
  6. Matheus Evangelista – 59:00.00
  7. Bruce Hanson Almeida – 59:02.00
  8. Henrique Figueirinha and Pedro Morrot – 59:04.00

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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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