D’Artagnan Dias contributed to this report.
Several championship records fell on the second day of Chico Piscina Trophy. Chico Piscina is a long course competition for youth (born in 2000 and 2001) and juvenile (born in 1998 and 1999) swimmers in South America.
Day 2 Highlights:
In the youth girls 200 free, podium was the same as of 400 free, in the same order, but it came after a much harder race for the winner, Rafaela Raurich (Paraná). Raurich opened in 29.44, only 3 hundredths ahead of Madja Chebaraka (Distrito Federal), with Raurich pulling away with her underwaters and Chebaraka catching up at the end of each split(1:00.86 to 1:01.03 at 100, 1:32.80 to 1:32.82 at 150). Raurich increased her lead in the last meters to win with a new CR of 2:05.25 with Chebaraka not far behind in 2:05.65. Both beat the old CR (2:07.20 by Maria Paula Heitmann from last year). Delfina Pignatiello (Argentina) got third in 2:08.77.
In the juvenile girls 200 free, Gabrielle Roncatto (São Paulo) was in control the whole race from lane 5, with her only possible threat, Maria Paula Heitmann (Minas) very close in lane 4. Roncatto outsplit Heitmann in every 50, but it was the last 50 that nailed her victory: 30.85 to Heitmann’s 31.55. Roncatto won in a new CR of 2:03.34 against Heitmann’s 2:04.73 with Isabela Fraioli (São Paulo) going 2:10.45 for third. Roncatto is sixteen years-old, but Heitmann is only fifteen and will have a chance to chase Roncatto’s mark next year.
In the juvenile boys 200 free, Matheus Santana‘s training partner Felipe Ribeiro de Souza (São Paulo) led, but was being chased hard at 100 (54.44 to 54.90) and 150 (1:23.38 to 1:23.77) by Fernando Scheffer (Rio Grande do Sul). But de Souza’s last 50 (28.22 to 29.06) opened the gap, giving him the gold in a personal best and a Championship Record 1:51.60. Scheffer was second with a 1:52.83 and Guilherme Costa (Rio de Janeiro) took third in 1:54.46. Costa, the 400 free winner on day 1, made a huge last leg going from sixth to third, blasting a 27.64 for his final split.
Another CR came in the youth girls 200 IM, with Maria Pessanha (Rio de Janeiro) opening strong in fly (30.26) and back (1:06.14) to put over 3 seconds on the rest of the pool at 100meters. At 150, she faded a bit with a weak breast (44.97 split, second slowest of the field), but made a good recovery in free (32.52) to win in 2:23.63. Notably, Pessanha won the 100 fly not long before that race in 1:04.24. Camila Mello (Minas) was second in 2:24.95 and Fernanda Goeij (Paraná) took third in 2:25.25.
In the 4×100 free relays, Rafaela Raurich‘s closing speed of 57.80 overcame a two second and half Minas lead to give the State of Paraná their first win ever in girls youth with a 4:02.51. Minas got second in 4:04.01 and Argentina was third in 4:07.55.
In the youth boys relay, Minas put their best guy, 50 free winner Douglas Oliveira on lead off duty, where he went 55.18. Minas’ tactic worked, as they were never challenged and won in 3:39.89, just 0.67 shy of São Paulo’s bodysuit record from 2009 (3.39.22). Minas anchor Isaac Saraiva had a golden day with wins in the 100fly (58.94) and 200 medley (2:16.84). Rio de Janeiro was second (2:44.71) with Paraná in third slighty behind (2:44.79).
The juvenile girls relay was highlighted by a great race between Paraná and São Paulo. Sarah Marques opened Paraná’s relay in 57.14, a new CR in the 100free. Paraná and São Paulo were trading blows till the fourth leg (2:57.00 for São Paulo against 2:57.68), when Gabrielle Roncatto jumped in the pool for São Paulo. Roncatto blasted a 56.81 to give São Paulo the gold in a new CR with 3:53.89. Paraná was second in 3:56.77 and Minas third with a 3:59.43.
The juvenile boys 4×100 free relay was the last event of the day, a very tight race between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo till 300meters, with Rio only four hundredths ahead of São Paulo. But Felipe De Souza split a 50.39 to give São Paulo the win in 3:31.62 compared to 3:34.17 from Rio De Janeiro. Rio Grande do Sul was third in 3:36.25.
Team Scores After Two Days:
- 1 SÃO PAULO 303,50
- 2 PARANÁ 244,00
- 3 MINAS GERAIS 191,00
- 4 RIO DE JANEIRO 135,00
- 5 ARGENTINA 113,00