Junior sprinter Felipe Ribeiro de Souza continued to shine at Brazil’s Winter Junior and Senior Champs, breaking a meet record set by world record-holder Cesar Cielo on the last day of competition.
Ribeiro, 17 years old, went 22.87 in the 50 free to break the championship record set by Cielo back in 2004 at 22.95. Ribeiro also won the race by eight tenths of a second over Vinicious Gabriel Silva in the Junior I category.
Brazil’s Winter Junior and Senior Champs feature all ages swimming together in the morning, but then divides swimmers into age classes at night: senior, junior I and junior II.
The women’s senior 50 free went to Etiene Medeiros, who was the only woman on the day to break 26 seconds. Medeiros was 25.30 for a dominating win.
Another championship record went down in the girls junior II 100 breaststroke. Jhennifer Conceicao went 1:11.34 to take down the mark for Flamengo, and her time nearly topped even the winner of the senior women’s race.
In the boys version of the Junior II 100 breast, Andreas Mickosz broke a meet record of his own, going 1:02.21 in a come-from-behind win over Felipe Monni (1:02.32). Felipe Franca won the senior race in 1:01.36.
Joanna Maranhao has had a great season, stretching back to the Maria Lenk Trophy earlier in the year, and she added yet another meet record with a 2:12.79 win in the senior 200 fly. In the men’s race, Leonardo de Deus won in 1:58.91, though he did not break the meet record.
At meet’s end, Corinthians won the senior team title with 479 points to the 408 put up by Pinheiros. Pinheiros, though, took the junior team title with 672, topping Corinthians. Pinheiros outscored Corinthians in both junior classes, including winning the Junior I points by just 2.