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Auburn’s Marcelo Chierighini, who shares an alma mater with the greatest Brazilian sprinter ever Cesar Cielo, perhaps moved alongside Cielo as peers among the South American sprinters on the final day of the 2013 Maria Lenk Trophy in Rio.
Chierighini swam a lifetime best of 48.11 to win a Cielo-less 100 freestyle at the meet (though with Cielo so close off of his knee surgery, it might not have mattered). Chierighini, having just finished his junior season at Auburn, took another huge step forward at this meet in long course by nailing fown his World Championship qualifying in a second sprint event. He was out in a blazing 22.8 en route to this result.
Nicolas Oliveira from Minas Tenis and Fernando Ernesto from Corinthians tied for 2nd in matching 48.72’s. That’s another notable result from Ernesto, as it’s a second better than he’d been in the past; previously, his focus had been the backstroke races.
Bruno Fratus was 4th in 49.13 and Joao de Lucca was a 49.46 in an observed swim, both rather disappointing results. If the Brazilians opt to put Cielo on this relay, though he didn’t swim the final, it could finally be their big breakthrough in a relay that has struggled to live up to expectations in previous World Championship and Olympic meets. Having two guys flat starting 48.1 or better is a great start.
Oliveira and Ernesto will swim-off to determine the second individual spot for Worlds; that race will likely come in two weeks at the “Brazilian Championships.”
In the men’s 50 breaststroke, Joao Gomes swam a 27.20 that ranks as the fastest time in the world in 2013. The Brazilians have set brutal cuts in the 50 meter stroke races – to be precise, they are at the 4th-place results from the year 2012. That means Gomes is the only swimmer who hit it, as Felipe Lima (27.76) beat out Felipe Franca de Silva (27.78) for 2nd. Silva is the defending World Champion in the race, but will be unable to defend his title it seems.
Beatriz Travalon from Pinheiros won the women’s 50 breaststroke in 31.30, followed by her teammate Ana Carvalho in 31.74. That meant both were under the FINA Automatic Qualifying Time (nobody had come close in a women’s breaststroke race thus far at the meet), but because of the lofty 50 qualifying times none will go to Barcelona.
In the women’s 100 free, Femke Heemskerk won in 54.52, followed by Daynara de Paula in 55.277 and Alessandra Marchioro from Botafogo in 55.51.
Unlike the 50, that means no individual qualifiers in this 100 freestyle, though an improving relay is forming with the top four going better than 55.80.
Joanna Maranhao won the women’s 200 backstroke in 2:13.42, and Leonardo de deus won the men’s in 1:57.77. For de Deus, that ranks among the top 10 times in the world this year and will qualify to swim in Barcelona.
Of note in those 200 backstrokes, Gustavo Louzada was a 2:03.65 in prelims, which is good enough for the World Junior Championships.
In the women’s 400 medley relay, Pinheiros won in 4:08.16, and they twinned it with a 3:37.14 in the men’s race to close out the meet.
Despite the strong closing on the final day from Pinheiros, they were runners-up in the meet, nearly 500 points behind Minas Tenis. Minas won their 9th title (behind only Pinheiros and Flamengo with 13 each all-time).
The team will be finalized in two weeks, but for now the World Championship squad has 15 members, and the Junior World Championship squad has 23.
SENIOR WORLDS QUALIFIERS TO DATE
50m free – Graciele Hermann (25s10)/ Alessandra Marchioro (25s17)
100m back – Etiene Medeiros (1m01s00)
200m medley – Joanna Maranhão (2m14s29)
400m medley – Joanna Maranhão (4m43s70)
50m free – Cesar Cielo (21s58) / Marcelo Chierighini (21s88)
100m free – Marcelo Chierighini (48s11)/ Nicolas Oliveira e Fernando Ernesto (48s72)
200m free – Nicolas Oliveira (1m48s10)
50m back – Daniel Orzechowski (24s68)
200m back – Leonardo de Deus (1m57s77)
50m breast – João Gomes Jr (27s20)
100m breast – João Gomes Junior (1m00s21) / Felipe Lima (1m00s23)
200m medley – Henrique Rodrigues (1m57s37) / Thiago Pereira (1m57s48)
400m medley – Thiago Pereira (4m15s87)
50m fly – Nicholas Santos (23s05)
200m fly – Leonardo de Deus (1m56s85)
JUNIOR WORLDS QUALIFIERS TO DATE:
50m livre – Fernanda Delgado (26s15)
100m costas – Natalia de Luccas (1m02s47)
100m borboleta – Giovanna Diamante (1m01s78)
200m borboleta – Mariana Serrano Souza (2m17s92) / Giovanna Diamante (2m18s76) / Gabriela Mello (2m20s62)
50m livre – Matheus Santana (22s79) / Jackson Candido (23s15)
100m livre – Matheus Santana (50s25) / Pedro Spajari (50s97)
200m livre – Luiz Altamir Melo (1m50s71) / Diego Stelzer (1m52s00) / João Pedro Cervone (1m52s75)
400m livre – Luiz Altamir Melo (3m55s74)/ Brandonn Almeida (3m57s20)/ Leonardo Castilho Santos (3m58s61)
1500m livre – Brandonn Almeida (15m31s52)
100m costas – Vitor Guaraldo (56s73) / Gustavo Louzada (56s95)
200m costas – Gustavo Louzada (2m03s65)/ Luiz Souza Vieira (2m03s04)
100m borboleta – Pedro Vieira (53s97)
200m borboleta- Luiz Altamir Melo (2m01s54) / Matheus Isidro (2m02s21)
100m peito – Pedro Cardona (1m02s82) / Felipe Monni (1m03s22) / Andreas Mickosz (1m03s32) / Gabriel Freitas (1m03s54)
200m peito – Arthur Pedroso (2m18s90) / Gabriel Freitas (2m19s13)
400m medley – Brandonn Almeida (4m25s93)
Final Team Standings
1) Minas Tenis, 2245.50
2. Pinheiros, 1757
3. Corinthians, 1462.50
4. Unisanta, 880