2017 Jimi Flowers Spring Splash
- April 1-2, 2017
- Auburn, Alabama, United States
- LCM (50m pool)
- Meet Results
Swimming last weekend at a small local meet in Auburn, Alabama, a group of Brazilian Olympians showedd up to put a charge into a meet that otherwise was mostly high-school aged swimmers.
Bruno Fratus, Marcelo Chierighini, and Felipe Lima all raced at the meet in two events each.
Fratus and Chierighini raced head-to-head in the 50 and 100 meter freestyles, with Fratus winning both races. In the 50, he swam 22.02 to Chireighini’s 22.64; in the longer race, the margin was closer, with Fratus finishing in 49.11 and Chierighini taking 2nd in 49.28.
Lima swam the 50 breaststroke (27.40) and 100 breaststroke (1:00.03) – in both cases, Cobi Lopez Miro, son of Auburn associate head coach Sergio Lopez Miro, took 2nd.
All 3 swimmers are a part of an aging nucleus of Brazilian stars. Chierighini is 26, Fratus is 27, and Lima turned 32 on Wednesday.
Fratus was unceremoniously-dumped from his former club team Pinheiros due to his age, but announced this week that he will join the club Regatas for domestic competition.