The host nation of Brazil announced their largest Olympic swimming team ever today. Twenty men and nine women will represent the country at this summer’s Rio Games, the country’s largest team ever.
Three-time Olympian Thiago Pereira headlines the list. He won the silver medal in the 400m IM in 2012 behind Ryan Lochte, beating out the world record holder Michael Phelps in that swim. However, Pereira will not compete in that event this summer, instead focusing on the shorter 200 IM.
Other prominent names on the men’s roster will include sprint freestyle Bruno Fratus, who won bronze in the 50m free in Kazan last summer, NCAA stars Marcelo Chierighini and João de Lucca, and 2015 World University Games gold medalist Henrique Martins. The men will be swimming the 4×100 free and 4×100 medley relays.
The women’s roster more than doubled in size from 2012, from four to nine. Joanna Maranhão will also be swimming in her fourth Olympics, representing Brazil in both individual medley events. Kazan 50m backstroke silver medalist Etiene Medeiros is entered in four events, including both sprint freestyles, the 100m back, and the 4x100m free relay.
World record holder Cesar Cielo failed to qualify for the team. While a few names may still be added to the roster to fill out relays, Cielo only finished 7th in the 100 free, ending any hope he had of making this summer’s team.
Bruno Fratus (50m free)
Ítalo Manzine (50m free)
Marcelo Chierighini (100m free, 4x100m free and 4x100m medley)
Nicolas Oliveira (100m free, 200m free, 4x100m free)
João de Lucca (200m free and 4x100m free)
Matheus Santana (4x100m free)
Luiz Altamir (400m free)
Brandonn Almeida (1500m free and 400m IM)
Miguel Valente (1500m free)
João Gomes Jr (100m breast and 4x100m medley)
Felipe França (100m breast)
Tales Cerdeira (200m breast)
Thiago Simon (200m breast)
Guilherme Guido (100m back, 4x100m medley)
Leonardo de Deus (200m back, 200m fly)
Kaio Marcio (200m fly)
Henrique Martins (100m fly, 4x100m medley)
Marcos Macedo (100m fly)
Henrique Rodrigues (200m IM)
Thiago Pereira (200m IM)
Etiene Medeiros (50m free, 100m free, 100m back, and 4x100m free)
Graciele Herrmann (50m free)
Larissa Oliveira (100m free, 200m free, 4x100m free, and 4x200m free)
Jessica Bruin (4x200m free)
Gabrielle Roncatto (4x200m free)
Manuella Lyrio (200m free, 4x100m free, and 4x200m free)
Daiene Dias (100m fly)
Daynara de Paula (100m fly, and 4x100m free)
Joanna Maranhão (200m IM and 400m IM)