Fernando Scheffer Blasts South American, Brazilian Record in 400 Free


  • Tuesday, April 17th – Saturday, April 21st
  • Maria Lenk Aquatic Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Prelims: 9:30 AM Rio time / 8:30 AM EST 
  • Finals: 6:00 PM Rio time / 5:00 PM EST 
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In finals on day one of the 2018 Brazil (Maria Lenk) Trophy in Rio de Janeiro, Minas’ Fernando Scheffer set a new South American and Brazilian record in the men’s 400m free.

Scheffer, 20, split 26.61/29.65/29.71/29.75/29.08/28.78/28.42/27.06 en route to his winning time of 3:49.06. He broke Brandonn Almeida’s previous record of 3:49.46. Almeida, who is a freshman at the University of South Carolina, took 7th in the event with a 3:52.88.

In addition to the 400, Scheffer is slated to swim the 100 and 200 free, and is entered with a 50.33 and 1:47.40 in those, respectively. His previous best time in the 400 was 3:50.75.

Between Scheffer and Almeida, Luiz Melo took second in 3:50.51, Giuliano Rocco third in 3:50.85, Guilherme Costa fourth in 3:50.96, Miguel Valenta 5th in 3:51.27, and Matheus Ferreira took 6th in 3:52.51.

While winners are usually awarded 35 points towards their team’s overall score, because he broke the national record, Scheffer was awarded a whopping 85 points for the win.

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3 years ago

Highly doubt he was 25.9 the third 50, based on the rest of his splits I assume a 29.9

Eric Lahmy
3 years ago

Kinks in the system??? The partial times of Scheffer don’t add:
26.61 29.65 29.97 29.75 29.08 28.78 28.42 27.06 = 3’49s32

Reply to  Eric Lahmy
3 years ago

the third split was 29.71(you wrote 29.97).

Eric Lahmy
Reply to  DDias
3 years ago

Yes, I gave the times given by this site

3 years ago

Tight heat. Would have been fun to watch.

3 years ago

3.49.06 would not be remotely internationally competitive. This underscores just how weak Brazilian swimming is outside of the men’s sprint events.

3 years ago

Baby steps. Look at how far Asia’s men’s freestyle has come.

Reply to  Philip
3 years ago

2 years Ago brazil did not have anyone under 15:15 on the 1500, now sub-15 become a Reality

3 years ago

Sheffer just split a 1:44:84 as 3rd leg on Men Relay..

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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