Brazilian Winter Youth Champs see big sprint swims from Felipe Ribeiro de Souza

D’Artagnan Dias contributed to this report.

In Brazil this weekend, young swimmers competed at the Arthur Carepa Trophy, also known as the Brazilian Winter Youth Champs. The event featured two categories: Juvenil-1 (swimmers born in 1999, roughly 14 or 15) and Juvenil-2 (swimmers born in 1998, roughly 15 or 16).

21 meet records fell, most notably three to rising sprinter Felipe Ribeiro de Souza. De Souza erased Matheus Santana’s name from the record books a few times, and is starting to rattle the national age group records held by Santana, now an emerging star on the international level.

Pinheiros won the team title, racking up 656,5 points over the four-day, long course meters meet.

Full results are available here.

Day 1

The very first event of the day set the tone as Corinthians’ Beatriz Lima e Silva broke the championship record in the girls J-1 100 backstroke. Silva’s 1:04.90 knocked almost a full second off of the previous record.

Meanwhile the Pinheiros girls broke the day’s other meet record, going 3:54.41 to win the 4×100 free relay. 15-year-old Gabriele Roncatto anchored the team in a field-best 55.71. The relay events combine the two age brackets.

Pedro Azevedo (1:00.97 in the boys J-1 100 back), Leticia Rodrigues (9:13.93 in the girls J-1 800 free) and Matheus Gonche (16:38.69) each won events, setting up multiple-win weekends.

Day 2

Once again a meet record went down in the very first event. This time it was Maria Paula Heitmann of Minas who cracked a champ record in the 20 free J-1. Her 2:04.51 topped the field by over four seconds. The older age bracket also had its record smashed, as Gabriele Roncatto of Pinheiros went 2:02.65.

Rising freestyler Felipe Ribeiro De Souza broke the boys J-2 record, going 1:52.32.

Beatriz Lima e Silva continued her strong weekend, breaking her second backstroke record in as many days. Not only did she break the record, she smashed it, going 2:17.88 – the old mark was 2:23.67 done in 2009 in one of the now-outlawed shiny tech suits. She’s now also closing in on the overall South American record of 2:12.09 set by Natalia de Luccas last December.Mar

In the boys J-2, Mauricio Nasri broke a meet record of his own, going 2:06.30.

One record went down in the boys 100 fly, this one coming to Gustavo Goncalves Santos at 54.90 in J-2. He just snuck under the old mark of 55.01, while dropping well over a second off his best incoming time.

The Pinheiros girls broke their second championship relay record, going 4:24.14 to win the 4×100 medley relay.

Day 3

For the second day in a row, Maria Paula Heitmann opened things up with a first-event meet record. On day 3 it was the 100 free. The J-1 swimmer wernt 57.96 for a new meet standard. In the J-2 category, Gabriele Roncatto won again for Pinheiros, going 56.32. She barely beat out Sarah Marques of Curitibano, and both girls got under the old meet record. Marques was 56.79 and the old record was 57.17.

Felipe Ribeiro de Souza continued to show that he’s one of the best youth sprinters in the country, breaking another meet mark, this time in the 100 with a 50.37. That almost takes down the Brazilian age group record held by Matheus Santana at 50.25. De Souza has been claiming age group marks for years now, already holding the 14 and 15-year-old divisions for this event.

Gabriele Roncatto won another race with her second meet record of the weekend. She put up a 2:19.43 to win the 200 IM for girls J-2. Meanwhile in boys J-1, Caio Pumputis broke a championship record with a 2:09.76.

One more champ record went down, and that was in the mixed medley relay. Minas put together a squad that went 1:52.93 to win the 4×50 mixed medley and break the meet record.

Day 4

Perhaps the best swim of the whole meet came on the final day: Felipe Ribeiro de Souza seemed to get more and more impressive as the distances got shorter, and so in the 50 free he broke his third meet record, going 23.01 to hack two tenths off of the old mark set by current national star Matheus Santana at 23.23. As in the 100, de Souza is now closing in on Santana’s national age record of 22.79.

That was in the boys J-2 class. In the girls J-2, Fernando Delgado added her own meet record, going 26.09.

Matheus Gonche won the boys J-1 200 fly for Fluminense. His 2:07.64 was a new meet record. Pinheiros’ Gabriele Roncatto took down another record herself in the girls 400. The J-2 swimmer went 4:20.62.

Both medley relay records fell to close the meet, with SESI going 2:00.58 to win the 4×50 girls medley and Minas pulling out a 1:46.33 to win the boys.

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8 years ago

Notabilly, Santana(Ribeiro team partner) challenged Ribeiro to beat his 50 CR(23.23) before the meet.

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