Brazil’s Da Silva Lowers Own Pan Ams 100m Breast Sub-Minute Record

Brazil packed a 1-2 punch in tonight’s 100m breaststroke final, with Felipe França Da Silva zooming to the wall ahead of the entire field in yet another sub-minute time.  Da Silva’s 59.21 performance in finals earned the 28-year the gold medal and also lowered his own previous meet record of 59.84 set in prelims.  Brazilian Teammate Felipe Lima earned silver in tonight’s race, touching in a solid 1:00.01.

Splits between Da Silva’s two swims show a different strategy from morning to night.  His prelims outing had him opening with a time of 27.39 and coming home in 32.45.  In the final, however, Da Silva was just a tad slower, 27.41, but fired up the engines on the back half to go sub-32 (31.80), which rendered the big time drop.

Brazilians Da Silva and Lima finished in this same 1-2 order at the 2011 edition of the games, but both men have speedier scores this time around.  In 2011, Da Silva earned gold in 1:00.34, with Lima nabbing silver in 1:00.99.

Henrique Barbosa holds the Brazilian 100m breaststroke national record of 59.03 from 2009 and Da Silva’s swimming streak certainly is putting that record on notice.

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Loretta Race

Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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