Curitibano Tops Speedy Brazilian Youth Summer Championships

Brazilian Children’s Summer Championships

  • November 1st-4th
  • Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Ages 13-14 (Born in 2003-2004)
  • LCM
  • Full results

The Brazilian Youth Summer Championships wrapped up on Saturday, and saw a number of Brazilian youth records fall — many of which stack up well against American swims from the past year.

On day one, Stephan Steverink and Raphael Windmuller both broke their respective age category records in the 200m breaststroke. At 13 years old, Steverink went 2:29.34, and 14-year-old Windmuller went 2:24.94.

The second day of the meet saw four Brazilian youth records fall. 13-year-old Giovana Reis Medeiros bested her own 200 free PR by over a second, and the rest of the field by over four seconds, for a new record of 2:06.21. In October, 14-year-old Fernanda Gomes Celidônio made history by becoming the first female youth swimmer to break 1:04 in the 100 back, and Saturday, she became the first to break 1:03. Nearly four seconds ahead of the silver medalist, Celidônio won the race in a new Brazilian youth record of 1:02.51. Her time places her 3rd in all of Brazil — at any level — this year.

In the men’s 100 fly, 14-year-old Gustavo Saldo took down the previous record of 56.74 in 56.23. Stephan Steverink picked up his second Brazilian youth record of the day in the 400IM, going 4:44.86 to break future junior World Record holder Brandonn Almeida‘s time of 4:45.36.

Day 3 featured a new Brazilian youth record in the women’s 100 free, and the return of the 4×200 free relays after years on hiatus. Giovana Reis Medeiros nabbed her second record of the meet in 58.04, besting her PR by over a second. In the women’s 4×200 free relay, the team representing Grêmio Náutico União won by almost 11 seconds, taking gold in 8:45.80, followed by Corinthians in 8:56.49. The men’s race was much closer. Instituto Novos Cielos Centro Olímpico went 8:17.00 to best Instituto Marina Barra Clube, who went 8:17.31.

Day 4 saw the tightest race of the meet, with 14-year-olds Gustavo Saldo and Mateus Assunção going 2:05.20 and 2:05.21, respectively, in the men’s 200 fly. They both downed the 19-year-old 2:06.70 Brazilian youth record.

Final team scores:

  1. Curitibano — 324 points
  2. Corinthians — 282.5 points
  3. Novos Cielos Centro Olímpico — 211.5 points
  4. Grêmio Náutico União — 195 points
  5. Minas Tênis Clube — 194 points
  6. Paineiras — 103 points
  7. Flamengo — 96.5 points
  8. Marina Barra Clube — 86 points
  9. SESI-SP e ASBAC Aquanaii — 82 points

How do the times compare?

Let’s take a look at how the record-breaking times would have stacked up to US swims from the past year:

Name (Age) Event Time
US 2017 Season Rank
Stephan Steverink (13) 200 breast 2:29.94 5th
Raphael Windmuller (14) 200 breast 2:24.94 10th
Giovana Reis Medeiros (13) 200 free 2:06.21 4th
Fernanda Gomes Celidônio (14) 100 back 1:02.51 5th
Gustavo Saldo (14) 100 fly 56.23 2nd
Stephan Steverink (13) 400 IM 4:44.86 4th
Giovana Reis Medeiros (13) 100 free 58.04 5th
Gustavo Saldo (14) 200 fly 2:05.20 3rd

All-in-all, a very fast meet for the Brazilian youngsters.

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majors in Media Studies and American Studies at Claremont McKenna College. When she's not writing about swimming or baseball, you can probably find her listening to a podcast or in a pool ... and/or watching Seinfeld, which she just realized is funny.

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