Bruno Fratus Swims Lifetime Best in 100 Free; DeDeus Breaks Brazilian Record

In the morning of the Brazilian Senior Champs on Friday, 50 free specialist put out a lifetime best in the 100 meter freestyle with a 48.57: one of four senior cuts in the morning.

In the most eventful morning session before migrating to the open championships in the evening, Fratus gave the first sign that his new training with Brett Hawke is taking hold at Auburn.

According to Hawke, the goal is the 400 free relay that looks better-and-better for Brazil heading toward their home Olympics in 2016.

“Bruno has really focused on getting his 100 into a competitive situation for the sake of the Brazilian relay,” Hawke said. “They all really have their sights set on Rio.”

With bad weather expected for the outdoor meet tonight, and with valiant splitting this morning, that may be all Fratus has for this day. He opened in 22.85, but was only 25.72 closing, a huge gap at this level. His previous lifetime best was a 48.72 from 2011.

His teammate Marcelo Chierighini, however, might have better in him that the 49.06 he swam in the Senior Championships, and with the addition of the junior Matheus Santana into the open championship, Chierighini will have plenty of competition to get there.

In the men’s 400 free, Corinthians’ de Deus swam a 3:50.37 that is a new Brazilian Record – breaking his own record from Maria Lenk of 3:50.71.

De Deus would say after the race that he was looking for the South American Record (which is a 3:50.01 belonging to Venezuelan Ricardo Monasterio back in 2003), but was happy with the time.

Other marks for Worlds include a 2:00.12 from Thiago Pereira in the men’s 200 IM, and a valiant return for Joanna Maranhao.

Top 3 in all events:

Senior Brazilian Results – Stage 3 19/12/2014

100m Free Fem – 1) Gabriele Hermann – Náutico Union – 55s03 / 2) Larissa Oliveira – Pinheiros – 55s33 / 3) Daiane Becker – Curitibano – 55s35

100m Free Men – 1) Bruno Fratus – Pinheiros – 48s57 / 2) Marcelo Chierigini – Pinheiros – 49s06 / 3) Leonardo Alcover – Pinheiros – 49s59

200m breast Fem – 1) Pamela Alencar – Corinthians – 2m35s35 / 2) Thamy Ventorin – Fluminense – 2m36s82 / 3) Beatriz Travalon – Pinheiros – 2m37s73

200m Breast Men – 1) Thiago Simon – Corinthians – 2m12s01 / 2) Tales Cerdeira – Unisanta – 2m14 Thiago Simon – Corinthians – 2m12s01 / 2) Tales Cerdeira – Unisanta – 2m14s55 / 3) Felipe Franca – Corinthians – 2m14s93

50m Back Fem – 1) Etienne Medeiros – SESI / SP – 29s33 / 2) Natalia Diniz – Pinheiros – 30s27 / 3) Roberta Albino – Minas Tenis – 30s54

50m Back Men – 1) Daniel Orzechowski – Pinheiros – 25s12 / 2) Guilherme Guido – Pinheiros – 25s30 / 3) Fabio Santi – Pinheiros – 25s53

200m Medley Fem – 1) Joanna Maranhao – Nikita Sesi – 2m14s03 / 2) Fernanda Carobino – Unisanta – 2m20s79 / 3) Julia Volkmann – Náutico Union – 2m21s72

200m Medley Men – 1) Thiago Pereira – SESI / SP – 2m00s12 – Remember Championship / 2) Henrique Rodrigues – Pinheiros – 2m00s36 / 3) Lucas Silva – Pinheiros – 2m04s53

400m Free Fem – 1) Jessica Cavalhero – SESI / SP – 4m21s77 / 2) Manuella Lyrio – Minas Tenis – 4m22s63 / 3) Ana Marcela Cunha – SESI / SP – 4m25s84

400m Free Men – 1) Leonardo de Deus – Corinthians – 3m50s37 – Remember the Brazilian Championship and / 2) Miguel Valente – Tenis Gerais – 3m54s59 / 3) Altamir Luiz Melo – Flamengo – 3m55s07

World Championships qualifying marks:

Índices superados para Mundial de Kazan 2015
19/12 – Sexta-feira
100m free– Bruno Fratus – 48s57
200m medley – Joanna Maranhão – 2m14s03
200m medley – Thiago Pereira – 2m00s12
400m free – Leonardo de Deus – 3m50s37

18/12 – Quinta-feira
50m free – Cesar Cielo Filho -21s60 / Bruno Fratus – 22s24 / Nicholas Santos -22s26
50m free – Lorrane Ferreira – 25s20
100m fly – Daynara de Paula – 58s36 / Daiene Dias – 58s49
400m medley – Joanna Maranhão – 4m41s00
100m fly – Thiago Pereira – 52s27

17/12 – Quarta-feira
100m backstroke – Guilherme Guido – 53s73
50m fly – Cesar Cielo – 22s91
50m fly – Nicholas Santos – 23s01
50m breaststroke – João Gomes Jr. – 26s89
50m breaststroke – Felipe França – 27s04
100m free (abertura de revezamento) – Cesar Cielo – 48s58

18/12 – Quinta-feira
200m free – Gabrielle Roncatto – 2m02s16
400m medley – Brandonn Almeida – 4m21s39

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bobo gigi
5 years ago

Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe that Cielo, Cherighini and Fratus train in USA for Rio. Right?
So, USA trains them to beat its own relay in 2016?
It’s very nice. 🙂

Other little funny thing. Frenchman Grégory Mallet trains now at SwimMac for Rio. Funny when we know he’s the key of the French 4X200 free relay. If Mr Marsh can make him improve a little so that he swims 1.46, then the French relay can beat USA in Rio with Agnel, Stravius and Mignon.

I can’t imagine Romain Barnier, head coach of the French team, training Nathan Adrian or Jimmy Feigen in Marseille before olympic games. It would be unthinkable.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

This happens all the time, not that big of a deal.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Many say that the USA is the most generous country to the rest of the world. It extends to swimming. 😉

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

It’s all about money! That is a american way of life or american dream

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

That’s how a lot of us felt after 2004, when we lost the 4×100 free to four swimmers from Arizona… er, I mean South Africa.

5 years ago

Take a big breath, Bobo. Barnier himself (unless there is more than one) trained at Auburn and was part of NCAA champion teams there before his 2 French Olympic appearances. This is a repeated scenario on American campuses from the 60s to today. Nothing new here, except there may be an increase of instances where there has not been an antecedant of participation on a college team, simply coming to train, rather than coming to go to school and train and then maybe stick around thereafter to train some more..

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