Brazilian World Championship Tracker: Top Swims Through Day 1


  • Tuesday, May 2nd – Saturday, May 6th
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Prelims: 9:30 AM Rio time / 8:30 AM EST (Saturday at 10:30 / 9:30 AM)
  • Finals: 5:30 PM Rio time / 4:30 PM EST (Fri/Sat 7 / 6 PM)
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  • Brazilian Selection Meet for 2017 World Championships
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As we previously reported, the CBDA (Brazilian Confederation of Aquatic Sports) has put in place a loose qualifying procedure for Brazil for the World Championships, but nothing definitive. After the pre-meet technical meeting at the Maria Lenk Trophy they announced they’ll automatically add the top-eight FINA point scoring swimmers to the World Championship, and that they have the ability to add more at their discretion. The same system is in place for the Junior World Championships.

Swimmers can qualify based on times from either the Maria Lenk Trophy occurring now, or the Brazil Open held back in November. Along with requiring a top-8 point time, the swimmer also needs to be under the FINA ‘A’ standard in order to qualify.

The CBDA will be using the 2016 FINA points table, rather than the recent 2017 tables with updated world record swims.

After day 1, Alex Pussieldi for Best Swimming has compiled the top-8 scoring swims for both World Championship qualifying and Junior World Championship qualifying.

Here’s a look at the top-8 FINA point scoring swims. If the meet ended tonight, these eight would be automatically named to the World Championship team. The World Championships will be held in Budapest in July.

  1. Felipe Lima, 100 Breaststroke, 59.32, 930 points
  2. Joao Gomes Junior, 100 Breaststroke, 59.41, 926 points
  3. Thiago Simon, 200 Breaststroke, 2:10.78, 915 points
  4. Henrique Martins, 100 Butterfly, 51.57, 901 points
  5. Brandonn Almeida, 400 IM, 4:12.49, 900 points
  6. Gabriel Santos, 100 Freestyle, 48.60, 899 points
  7. Leonardo de Deus, 200 Butterfly, 1:56.21, 883 points
  8. Vinicius Lanza, 100 Butterfly, 52.02, 879 points

Guilherme Costa, who won the 400 free on night 1, scored 881 points with his swim but wasn’t under the ‘A’ standard of 3:48.15 and therefore is bumped off the list.

The swims from Thiago Simon, Brandonn Almeida, Gabriel Santos and Leonardo de Deus were all achieved at the Brazil Open in November.

Here’s the current top-8 in line for the Junior World Championships, which will be held in Indianapolis in late August. Swimmers eligible for the meet are girls 14-17 and boys 15-18.

  1. Caio Pumputis, 200 Breaststroke, 2:13.95, 852 points
  2. Rafaela Raurich, 200 Freestyle, 2:01.34, 807 points
  3. Breno Correia, 100 Freestyle, 50.39, 807 points
  4. Matheus Gonche, 200 Butterfly, 1:59.97, 803 points
  5. Maria Pessanha, 100 Backstroke, 1:02.73, 795 points
  6. Rodolfo Fraga, 100 Freestyle, 50.93, 781 points
  7. Joao Pacheco, 400 Freestyle, 3:59.11, 780 points
  8. Camila Mello, 400 Freestyle, 4:19.28, 777 points



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3 years ago

Where is Cielo? Is he coming back?

Human Ambition
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3 years ago

21,3 in The relay

3 years ago

Good time for Gabriel Santos. Should be his career best

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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