2021 BRAZILIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS
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Day 7 of the 2021 Brazil Olympic Trials featured three time trials at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center: the women’s 4×100 free relay and the mixed 4×100 medley relay.
The mixed medley relay is making its Olympic debut in Tokyo this year, and Brazil’s Guilherme Basseto, Felipe Lima, Giovanna Diamante and Larissa Oliveira broke the 4×100 mixed medley South American Record with a time of 3:45.51.
Basseto lead off the mixed medley relay with a lifetime best 100 back split of 53.68, followed by 2019 World Championships silver medalist Lima who blasted a 100 breastroke time of 59.03. Diamante took on the 3rd leg, nearly matching Lima’s splits to the hundredth of a second, touching the wall with a 100 butterfly split of 59.11. Oliveira anchored the relay in 53.70, bringing the relay home to a new South American Record.
- Basseto – 25.58 / 28.10
- Lima – 27.00 / 32.03
- Diamante – 27.08 / 32.02
- Oliviera – 25.75 / 27.95
Their final time of 3:45.51 could potentially qualify them for the Tokyo Olympic Games where the pool of 16 qualifying relays is pulled from the top 12 finishers at the recent World Championships, and the next four fastest relay swims during the qualification period which ends May 31st.
According to FINA’s rankings, Brazil just posted the second-fastest time this year, behind Moscow City, and third-fastest this season behind the People’s Republic of China who set the World Record in October 2020 and Moscow City.
In March 2021, Brazil put together a 4×100 mixed medley relay at the South American Swimming Championships that clocked a 3:56.83, ranking themselves 8th this year.
2016 Olympian Oliveira had two races on Saturday as she had started the session by leading off the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay with a 54.95. While she crushed this time in her second swim, the 4×100 mixed medley relay, it is important to note she had a flat start in the freestyle relay and the benefit of a relay start on her anchor medley leg.
Ana Carolina Vieira dove in second, posting a 100 freestyle split of 54.46. She was followed by 2016 Olympic finalist Etiene Medeiros (54.60) and anchor Stephanie Balduccini (54.58). They finished with a time of 3:38.59.
- Oliveira – 26.25 / 28.70
- Vieira – 25.84 / 28.62
- Medeiros – 25.64 / 28.96
- Balduccini – 26.04 / 28.54