The Brazilian team just released their roster for the South American Swimming Championships which will take place in Mar Del Plata, Argentina starting in early October of this year.
The team consists of a total of 28 swimmers, 14 men and 14 women, who will be representing Brazil at this meet. Some big names are on the roster including Matheus Santana and Filipe França Silva.
Santana is going to be one of the big stories of the championships as he’s been on fire as of late in the sprint freestyles which are his speciality. He’s currently coming off an amazing 2013-2014 season which could be capped off with an amazing start in the 2014-2015 one.
This year he had some big international results which included a gold medal in the 100m freestyle at the South American Games along with stellar performances at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The Brazilian sprinter came home with a gold in the 100m freestyle and a silver in the 50, not to mention medals for relays at the Youth Olympic Games.
At the Youth Olympic Games Santana was a 48.25 to break the junior world record, a time which ranked him 7th in the world for the 2013-2014 season.
There’s no doubt that Santana has speed and that with age he’s continued to improve himself and work towards swimming on the world scene, but the standard for Brazilian sprinting is extremely high following the success they’ve had over the last few years.
With swimmers such as Cesar Cielo and Bruno Fratus, it’s hard for a young swimmer to even imagine representing Brazil internationally in the sprint freestyles considering that they’d have to get past two of the top swimmers in the world in order to do so. Throw Joao De Lucca into the mix and it’s not an easy field to break into.
This meet however could be the chance for Santana to truly establish himself and put himself into the same category as some of these sprinting stars. Cielo’s only been a 48.13 this season, just over a tenth faster than what Santana has been. With a gold here and the possibility for him to swim a faster time than Cielo did all season, he could truly be breaking onto not just only the Brazilian sprint scene, but the international one to.
Complete Brazilian roster for 2014 South American Swimming Championships
Women: Nathalia Almeida, Carolina Bergamaschi, Natalia De Luccas, Giovana Diamante, Julia Gerotto, Graciele Herrmann, Manuella Lyrio, Alessandra Marchioro, Etiene Medeiros, Larissa Oliveira, Daynara Paula, Carolina Bilich Queiroz, Pamela Souza and Beatriz Travalon.
Men: Leonardo Alcover, Henrique Barbosa, Leonardo De Deus, Guilherme Guido, João Gomes Júnior, Lucas Kanieski, Marcos Macedo, Henrique Rodrigues, Matheus Santana, Fabio Santi, Fernando Ernesto Santos, Felipe França Silva, Thiago Simon and Miguel Valente.
Coaches: Frederico Guariglia, Carlos Matheus, Eduardo Santos, Alberto Silva, Arilson Silva, Marcelo Tomazini and Fernando Vanzella.