Enderica Sets South American Continental Record On Day 5 Of SA Champs


Women’s Events

Mercedes Toledo set a new Venezuelan national record in the prelims of the 200 breaststroke, swimming the event in 2:31.27. However, in the final, she fell to third place with 3:31.61. Instead, Julia Sebastián took the win in the event, setting a new Argentine national record with 2:27.03. Sebastián just missed the FINA ‘A’ time of 2:26.94. Her teammate Macarena Ceballos took second in 2:30.08.

Venezuelan record holder in this event Andreina Pinto dominated the 800 free, winning the event by over ten seconds and coming in under the FINA ‘A’ standard of 8:33.97. She hit the wall in 8:32.31. However, it didn’t quite make her season-best, a 21st-in-the-world-rankings 8:31.64 from the Orlando Grand Prix.

The 100 fly gold and silver went to Brazilians Daynara Paula and Daiene Dias in 59.11 and 59.33, respectively.

Argentina and Brazil battled for the 400 medley relay, and Argentina emerged victorious, finishing in a new Argentine record 4:07.48. Andrea Berrino, Ceballos, Virginia Bardach, and Maria Diaz combined for the victory. Brazil’s Natalia de Luccas, Pamela Souza, Paula, and Manuella Lyrio took the silver in 4:08.57.

Men’s Events

Esteban Enderica put up a monstrous new South American continental and Ecuadorian national record in the 1500 free, hitting the wall in 15:08.57, eight seconds ahead of the competition. His previous mark was a 15:09.82 swam at the 2015 Brazil Open. Both swims were well beneath the FINA ‘A’ mark of 15:14.77. This weekend’s swim moves Enderica up to 15th in the world rankings.

20-year-old Carlos Claverie set a new Venezuelan national record in the 200 breaststroke as well, winning the event in 2:10.44, six seconds ahead of the field. Claverie, who was previously 17th, now sits 12th in the world rankings. He came in well beneath the FINA ‘A’ cut of 2:11.66.

Albert Subirats, the Venezuelan national record holder in the event, swam the 100 fly in 51.90, winning by half a second. His time rockets him to eighth in the world rankings for this season, and puts him well beneath the FINA ‘A’ standard 52.36. The thirty-year-old’s swim is still a far cry from his best time, a 50.65 from 2009 (suit-era) World Championships. Santiago Grassi, the Argentine national record holder, took second in 52.44.

The Venezuelan men set a new national record in the 400 medley relay. Robinson Molina, Carlos Claverie, Subirats, and Cristian Quintero combined for 3:36.88, coming in well ahead of Brazil’s all-star team of Guilherme Guido, Henrique Barbosa, Leonardo de Dues, and Pedro Henrique Silva (3:39.17). 

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6 years ago

I thought someone from Brazil had been faster in the 1500? I must be thinking incorrectly.

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6 years ago

Never mind. Brandonn Almeida was only 15:11.70.

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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