The Brazilians are sending a very watered-down roster to this winter’s Short Course World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Though the roster is decently sized with 22 athletes (two more than they sent to the London Olympics), that includes only 7 members of their Olympic roster.
Almost as notable as the names present are the names absent. World Record holder Cesar Cielo is still rehabbing a minor knee surgery, Olympic silver medalits Thiago Pereira is still deciding where to take his career, and Marcelo Chierighini is focusing on the American college season this year where both have a shot at a National Championship for the Auburn Tigers.
There are still a few names on this roster. Fabiola Molina is still not retired, despite saying she hopes to have a child in 2013. Also on the roster is Guilherme Guido, who just last week broth the South American Record in the 50 backstroke in short course and moved to 10th on the all-time list.
Also on the roster is Louisville collegian Joao de Lucca. There’s high hopes for him in his native country, and with many fewer of the big name freestylers on this roster, he will have the opportunity to step up and shine in Istanbul. De Lucca has pulled out of the meet.
This meet will also be the international return of Vinicius Waked to the Brazilian National Team. He was the one swimmer of the four infamously testing positive before the 2013 World Championships (including Cielo). Waked was the only of those swimmers hit with a ban, as it was his 2nd positive test, and is now back from 1 year away from competition.
Alessandra Marchioro – Fluminense
Beatriz Travalon – Pinheiros
Daynara de Paula – Flamengo*
Etiene Medeiros – Flamengo
Fabíola Molina – Minas Tênis*
Flavia Delaroli-Cazziolato – Pinheiros
Larissa Oliveira – Pinheiros
Tatiana Lemos – Pinheiros
Daniel Orzechowski – Pinheiros*
Diego Prado – Serc São Caetano
Felipe Lima – Minas Tênis*
Fernando Ernesto Santos – Corinthians
Guilherme Guido – Pinheiros
Guilherme Roth Santos – Santa Catarina Natação
Henrique Rodrigues – Fluminense*
João de Lucca – Flamengo*
João Luis Gomes Junior – Pinheiros
Kaio Márcio Almeida – Fluminense*
Leonardo Alcover – Pinheiros
Nicholas Santos – Flamengo*
Thiago Simon – Corinthians
Vinícius Waked – Fluminense
Head of Delegation: Giovana Moreira
Treasurer: Sérgio Alvarenga
Head Coach: Rômulo Noronha
Coaches: Alberto Silva / Fernando Vanzella / Marco Veiga / André Ferreira / Adolfo Delucca / Felipe Domingues
Doctors: Dr. Marcus Bernhoeft / Dr. Gustavo Magliocca
Biomechanicos: Paulo Cezar Marinho
Physiotherapists: Glaucio Paredes / Natan Cunha
Masseus: Vagner Nascimento