Brazil Confirms 18 Rosters Spots for 2021 Olympic Swimming Team


The CBDA, the governing body for aquatics in Brazil, has confirmed its initial roster for the 2021 Olympic Games. This initial roster is made up of 18 roster spots that are “guaranteed” according to the CBDA.

“We have a strong roster. That was our aim from the beginning. Having the best roster and not necessarily the largest roster. We are confident that this team can do well at the Tokyo Olympics,” said CBDA vice president Renato Cordani.

While the release is confusing, it seems that the 18 names aren’t guaranteed, just their roster spots.

That differentiation becomes important in the case of the women’s 1500 free, which saw three swimmers under the Olympic “A” cut at Trials, plus another with the same potential still to come. The current list includes both the winner of the women’s 1500 free, Beatriz Dizotti, and the third-place finisher Betina Lorscheitter, both of whom were under the FINA “A” standard. The 2nd-place finisher Ana Marcela de Cunha declined her spot to focus on open water, where she’s a gold medal contender.

Lorscheitter’s position is dependent on Viviane Jungblut, the previous National Record holder, who will race at the June 12 makeup meet for her and 4 other swimmers who tested positive for COVID-19 before last week’s trials. She’s also swimming for a spot in the 800, which doesn’t have any entries yet.

The CBDA says they may add names based on that time trial. That also becomes relevant in the 400 and 800 free relays, where Vinicius Assuncao, a young Brazilian with a lot of upside, will also race on June 12. The men’s 400 free relay is very uncertain for now – after the winner of the 100 free was disqualified for a pre-meet doping violation, the 9th-place finisher got a re-swim and jumped a bunch of other swimmers who did race in the final. But now that result too is being protested, so the CBDA will have to sort that out in the next few weeks before Assuncao swims.

Among the guaranteed athletes is Bruno Fratus, who swam his official Olympic Trial in the 50 free in the United States earlier this month. Racing at the Pro Swim Series meet in Mission Viejo, Fratus raced to a 21.73. With no other swimmers under the FINA “A” cut, the CBDA put the defending Worlds silver medalist on the roster. Fratus is based in the United States

The list also includes names of those swimmers who are tentatively chosen for Brazil’s “Wild Card” relays, which will not be confirmed until the qualifying period closes in June. As of now, that includes all three women’s relays and the mixed 400 medley relay.

Fratus is coached by his wife Michelle Lenhardt, who if added to the Olympic coaching staff will become the first Brazilian swimmer to represent the country at the Olympics as both a coach and an athlete – she represented the country at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games as a member of the Brazilian 400 free relay.

As part of the official ceremony appointing the teams at the Maria Lenk Water Park, the CBDA brought in Gustavo Borges and Joel Jota to speak with the qualified athletes.

Brazil’s Initial Olympic Qualifying List

  • Guilherme Costa – 400m, 800m freestyle and 1500m freestyle
  • Felipe Lima – 100m breaststroke and 4x100m medley relay
  • Fernando Scheffer – 200m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay
  • Breno Correia – 200m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay
  • Murilo Sartori – 4x200m freestyle relay
  • Luiz Altamir – 4x200m freestyle relay
  • Guilherme Basseto – 100m backstroke and 4x100m medley relay
  • Guilherme Guido – 100m backstroke
  • Leonardo de Deus – 200m butterfly
  • Pedro Spajari – 100m freestyle
  • Gabriel Santos – 100m freestyle
  • Marcelo Chierighini
  • Beatriz Dizotti – 1500m freestyle
  • Betina Lorscheitter – 1500m freestyle
  • Caio Pumputis – 200m medley
  • Vinicius Lanza – 200m medley
  • Matheus Gonche – 100m butterfly
  • Bruno Fratus – 50m freestyle

Relay relays

Women’s 4x100m Freestyle

Women’s 4x200m Freestyle

Women’s 4x100m medley

4x100m mixed medley

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1 year ago

Do Brazil have a Women’s 4x100m medley team?

1 year ago

I really wanted to see Ana Marcela race the 1500 cuz she looks like she’s picked up pool speed but I get she wants that 10k Olympic medal because she’s basically accomplished everything else in open water

Reply to  Sfb
1 year ago

She is probably the greatest Open Water swimmer that never got an Olympic Medal.. (Men and Women combined)

1 year ago

Is Cielo still swimming? I can’t exactly tell from his Instagram

1 year ago

Has Cesar Cielo retired? He’s posting a lot of training on his social media though…

1 year ago

Is Marcelo Chierighini not clearly designated yet?
Isn’t that a bit odd? Esp. for such a medal contender?

1 year ago

Where’s Men’s 4×100 freestyle?

1 year ago

No 4x100m freestyle relay? Shame.

Reply to  notaswimmer
1 year ago

I think that the Brazilian 400 free relay will race for sure at Tokyo but, as written in the article, there’s still something to clarify after what happened in the 100 free. For now the quartet would be Spajari, Santos, Chierighini, Correia, with Fratus possible addition.

Reply to  nuotofan
1 year ago

The team was pre qualified after finishing top 12 at 2019 worlds

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