Brazil has added one more to its Olympic roster, bringing their total to 19, with the addition of Nicholas dos Santos to the roster.
Dos Santos, who was good at the Maria Lenk Trophy but not good enough with a 49.16, was added as an alternate for the 400 free relay. It’s not clear in what capacity they intend to use the alternate; recall that at the 2011 World Championships they gambled and left sprint superstar Cesar Cielo off of the prelims quartet, and finished 9th and out of the finals.
It would seem a brazen decision to attempt that again, but the trio they’re bringing this season (Bruno Fratus, Marcelo Chierighini, and Nicolas Oliveira) is much better than it was last year. The other three are all sitting with 48.7’s.
The emergence of Chierighini, who didn’t take up swimming seriously until later in his teens, has really shored up this group in the finals. Last year, they missed finaling by 9-tenths of a second, including a 50.32 from Marcos Macedo that killed them in the heats. Potentially, the four swimmers not named Cielo should be much better than they were last year, but they’d be playing with fire a bit.
The decision will come down to their risk aversion. Swim Cesar in prelims, and they’re in the finals with no problem. Rest Cesar in prelims, and of the relay can navigate safely through it offers a slight increase in their medal potential.
There is still a chance that the Brazilians will add a medley alternate, upon official acceptance by FINA, as well as open water swimmers after the June qualifying.
The most current roster is below.
FRATUS BRUNO – 50M FREE
CESAR CIELO – FREE 50M / 100M FREE
DANIEL ORZECHOWSKI – 100M BACK
FELIPE SILVA – 100M BREASTSTROKE
FELIPE LIMA – 100M BREASTSTROKE
GLAUBER SILVA – 100M BUTTERFLY
HENRIQUE BARBOSA – 200M BTEASTSTROKE
HENRIQUE RODRIGUES – 200M MEDLEY
KAIO MÁRCIO ALMEIDA – BUTTERFLY 100M / 200M BUTTERFLY
LEONARDO DE DEUS – BUTTERFLY 200M / 200M BACK
MARCELO CHIERIGHINI – 4x100m freestyle
NICOLAS OLIVEIRA – 100M FREE
CERDEIRA TALES – 200M BREASTSTROKE
THIAGO PEREIRA – MEDLEY 200M / 400M MEDLEY
NICHOLAS SANTOS – 4x100m freestyle
DAYNARA DE PAULA – 100M BUTTERFLY
FABIOLA MOLINA – 100M BACK
GRACIELE HERRMANN – 50M FREE
JOANNA MARANHAO – 400M MEDLEY