Brazil has revealed its roster for the 2022 SC World Championships, which are set to take place in Melbourne, AUS in December. CBDA’s selection for SC Worlds was based entirely around performances at the Jose Finkel Trophy, which took place earlier this month. They made the qualifying criteria incredibly difficult, putting the standards at the times which it took to finish fifth at the 2021 SC World Champs.
This was in part due to a lack of funding by the CBDA for the event. FINA put the 2022 SC World Championships late, so CBDA had finalized their budget for 2022 prior to FINA announcing the meet would be taking place in December. Once the meet was announced, the national governing body had to try securing funding to send a team to Melbourne, which has proven difficult. It appears the lofty qualifying standards are a way for Brazil to send a smaller team, all of whom stand an excellent chance at winning a medal, to the championships.
There’s one other note before we reveal the roster. Fernando Scheffer, the bronze medalist in the LCM 200 free at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last summer, qualified for the SC World Champs team, but declined his roster spot, choosing instead to focus on competitions next year. Scheffer says in part “There comes a time when we need to make choices and understand which goal is most important and deserves priority.”
Without further ado, here is Brazil’s roster for the 2022 SC World Championships:
- Caio Pumputis – 200m individual medley
- Leonardo Santos – 200m individual medley
- Joao Gomes – 50m breaststroke
- Nicholas Santos – 50m butterfly
- Breno Correia – 4x100m freestyle
- Gabriel Santos – 4x100m freestyle
- Lucas Peixoto – 4x100m freestyle
- Pedro Spajari – 4x100m freestyle
- Aline Rodrigues – 4x200m freestyle
- Gabrielle Roncatto – 4x200m freestyle
- Giovanna Diamante – 4x200m freestyle
- Stephanie Balduccini – 4x200m freestyle
Notably, there were no women who qualified individually for the roster, though there were a few women’s South American Records broken at Jose Finkel.
Headlining this crew is 42-year-old Nicholas Santos, who is set to retire after SC Worlds. Santos won gold in the men’s 50 fly at the 2021 SC World Champs last December, becoming the oldest swimmer to win a world title by a huge margin.