Etiene Medeiros Scratches 100 Fly Final at Maria Lenk

2016 MARIA LENK TROPHY OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Brazil’s top female swimmer, Etiene Medeiros, has scratched out of the women’s 100 fly final at the 2016 Maria Lenk Trophy in Rio de Janeiro after swimming a 58.49 in prelims, which is under the FINA “A” standard required for swimmers to race the event at the home Olympics in August.

According to her coach, Fernando Vanzella, she only entered the event to simulate a race before the main show, the 100 backstroke, on Saturday. They are treating this as a simulation of the actual Olympics, where Medeiros will race the 400 free relay on day 1, and then the heats and semi-finals of the 100 backstroke on day 2.

Her withdrawl leaves the surprising breakinghrough Daiene Dias of Minas Tenis swimming largely alone after a 58.04 in prelims. Vanzella did say that he was rooting for Dias in the final.

“I thought I had done the second-best time, but it was the first,” Dias said of her morning swim. “I am very happy, I trained a lot for this race and hopefully I can secure a place tonight because nothing is impossible. I knew I had to “punch the gas” as much as I could because each competitor in the water has an opportunity to improve their time, and as I like to swim in the morning I was on top. Let’s see if I can improve in the final.”

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