Brazilian Phenom Felipe Ribeiro To Join Florida State Seminoles

Brazil’s Junior World Champs bronze medalist Felipe Ribeiro will join the Florida State program in the NCAA.

Ribeiro, one of the brightest young talents for the proud sprinting nation, had already announced last month his intent to join a training program in the United States. This week, he confirmed to SwimSwam that Tallahassee, Florida and Florida State University would be his chosen destination.

“I chose FSU because I really liked the environment, the coaches, the team and the facilities,” Ribeiro said. “I am sure that is the right place for me to spend my next 4 years. I can’t wait to be a Seminole.”

Ribeiro, who is still 18 years old, is one of the world’s best junior sprinters. In 2015, he was the bronze medalist in the 100 free at Junior Worlds, finishing only behind American Maxime Rooney (ranked as the #1 domestic recruit in his class) and eventual Olympic champ Kyle Chalmers of Australia.

Ribeiro is also occasionally known as Felipe de Souza, as his full name is Felipe Ribeiro de Souza.

He holds lifetime-bests that should make him a massive sprint free contributor right out the gate, though of course that’s all dependent on how well he can adapt to the NCAA’s short course yards format.

Ribeiro’s Top Times

Times are listed in long course meters, with short course yards conversions in parentheses.

  • 50 free: 22.58 (19.6)
  • 100 free: 49.16 (42.8)

Ribeiro joins a Florida State program that is just beginning its first year under new head coach Neal Studd. There’s no word yet on when Ribeiro will be eligible to start competing, but last month, Ribeiro made clear he plans to start his next training cycle in the United States.

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7 years ago

Dude looks like he hasn’t lifted much in the past…lots of potential.

Steve Allbritton
7 years ago

A speed demon signs with the ‘Noles!! Scalp ’em!!!

Paulo Santos
7 years ago

Boa sorte!!! Vai arrasar!!!! Com foco e determinação você vai longe, poeque talento tem de sobra!!!!

Mike Baker
7 years ago

Fantastic pick up FSU! So excited to see what the future holds for this program!

Dawn McCormick
7 years ago

Great news. Welcome Felipe to the FSU family. Coach Neal and the new staff are doing awesome work.

7 years ago

Excellent pick up. excellent job jumping on the recruiting game fast.

BrBr GoGo
7 years ago

Could have been a great NC State commit 😉

Reply to  BrBr GoGo
7 years ago

Cause they have money left on the table…

Reply to  BrBr GoGo
7 years ago

Could have been a great commit anywhere, but it looks like he chose FSU for a reason.

Reply to  swimislife
7 years ago

Yes-he has his reasons for choosing FSU and they should be his reasons and not the reasons of others-I wish him well

Reply to  swimislife
7 years ago

Chances are Ozzie had a lot to do with this

7 years ago

Excited to see what he is going to do in the short pool! Congrats Felipe!

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