Just two days remain of the 2015 Jose Finkel Trophy, but the Minas Tenis Clube remains the team leader after yesterday’s finals in São Paulo, Brazil. As of last night, Minas has a 247 point advantage over Team Pinheiros, which may prove to be untouchable by the time competition ends Saturday.
Corinthians’ Leonardo De Deus claimed the first win of last night with his victory in the men’s 200m butterfly race. His time of 1:56.53 topped the field by well over a second; a nice follow-up to his 9th place finish after semi’s (1:56.02) at the 2015 FINA World Championships earlier this month in Kazan.
The women’s 200m butterfly saw Pinheiros’ team member Joanna Maranhao swim well off her best, but still top the podium as she clocked a time of 2:13.75. Although the time was enough to claim the title yesterday, Maranhao holds the meet record in a much swifter 2:09.41 from 2009, and also recently registered a remarkable 2:09.38 to win bronze at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto this past July.
Felipe Franca Silva also claimed some points for the Corinthians, clinching the win in the men’s 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:00.15. That time earned Silva the gold, but also set a new meet record, as he surpassed the old mark of 1:00.47 previously held by Joao Gomez who finished in second place in 1:00.27.
The women’s version of the 100m breaststroke race also saw its meet record go down, as Australia’s Taylor McKeown charged to the wall in a time of 1:08.23. With foreign swimmers common to this Jose Finkel Trophy meet, the last time a Brazilian woman has won this event was Tatiane Sakemi, who took home the win in 2011 with her time of 1:12.17.
- Miguel Valente scored the win in the men’s 800m freestyle in a time of 8:08.68.
- The foursome of Manuella Lyrio, Joanna Maranhao, Luana Ribeiro and Larissa Oliveira earned the win in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay for team Pinheiros (3:42.64).
- Pinheiros also took to the top of the podium in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay with a new meet record time of 3:15.57. Marcelo Chierighini, Gabriel Santos, Henrique Rodrigues and Bruno Fratus combined to top the field by almost two seconds, with splits as follows: Chierighini (48.53), Santos (49.28), Rodrigues (49.74) and Fratus (48.11).
- Anchoring the Unisanta “A” 4x100m freestyle relay, young gun Matheus Santana registered a speedy split of 47.82.