The first morning of the Brazilian National Championships and Daltely Guimaraes Trophy started with three men putting up times to qualify for the World Championships in Kazan. The evening went markedly better with six swims and fives swimmers making the qualifying times for Kazan.
In the prelims World Short Course Championships silver medalist Nicholas Santos posted a 23.01 in the men’s 50 butterfly beating the World Championships qualifying time of 23.07. In the finals it was Cesar Cielo who stole the show winning the event in a time of 22.91 breaking Santos’ meet record of 22.95, “I am most pleased to swim in the 22s again,” said Cielo.
He commented that hew was still feeling some fatigue from his efforts in Doha, “Physically I’m fine, but mentally I’m still a little tired. I’ll try to think of one race at a time.”
Santos collected the silver posting a 23.04 just off his prelims time. Henrique Martins finished third in a time of 23.44.
Cielo wasn’t finished there. As reported by SwimSwam yesterday Cielo isn’t entered in the individual 100 freestyle, but took the opportunity to qualify as part of his club’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay team. He lead the relay off in a time of 48.58 to qualify for Kazan.
In the prelims Guilherme Guido, who was part of both the winning medley relays in Doha, posted a time of 53.73 in the men’s 100 backstroke beating the World Championships qualifying time of 54.36. At night Guido took the event in a time of 54.10 followed by Thiago Pereira who touched in a time of 54.54.
After his morning swim Guido expressed his pleasure with his performances both in Doha and in the prelims. He told the press that if he is able to beat his own South American record of 53.24 before the Olympics that he will have a chance at achieving his goal of medaling in Rio.
In the men’s 50 breaststroke two swimmers qualified for Kazan one in the prelims and one in the finals. Joao Gomes Jr had a terrific swim in the morning posting a 26.89 beating the qualifying time of 27.10. In the finals he was not able to hold off World Short Course Champion Felipe Silva who won the event in a time of 27.04 and in the process qualifying for a trip to the World Championships this summer.
Gomes Jr collected the silver posting a time of 27.14.
Silva told the press that he was happy with the swim and that his performance is a good sign that his 100 breaststroke on Saturday will be strong as well.
The 50 backstroke short course world record holder Etienne Medeiros took the women’s 100 backstroke in a time of 1:01.10 beating her own championship record of 1:01.48 which she recorded last year. Although Medeiros did break one of the five records posted on the first night of competition she did miss the World Championships qualifying time of 1:00.25.
Daynara de Paula took the women’s 50 backstroke in a time of 26.42 breaking her own championship record of 26.43 which she posted in 2009.
Miguel Valente broke the 1500 freestyle record posting a time of 15:16.69 beating Luiz Rogerio Arapiraca’s record of 15:19.38 which was set in 2009.
The final record of the evening was broken by the women’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay team from Sesi/SP. The team comprised of Medeiros, Pricilla de Souza, de Paula and Jessica Cavaleiro posting a time of 3:43.51 surpassing the record of 3:46.18 set by Sesi/SP in 2013.
After the first day of competition Minas leads the Daltely Guimares Trophy with 107 points followed by Pinheiros who accumulated 104 points and Sesi/SP who collected 65 points.
Minas also leads the team standings in the Open Championships with 113.5 points followed by Sesi/SP who has 87 points and the Pinheiros who have 78 points.
Women’s 100m Backstroke
- Etienne Medeiros – SESI / SP – 1m01s10
- Maria Pessanha – Fluminense – 1m04s26
- Tatiana Adorno – Tebis Gerais – 1m04s45
Men’s 100m Backstroke
- Guilherme Guido – Pinheiros – 54s10
- Thiago Pereira – SESI / SP – 54s54
- Fabio Santi – Pinheiros – 55s28
Women’s 50m Butterfly
- Daynara Paula – SESI / SP – 26s42
- Bruna Rocha – Corinthians – 26s52
- Daiene Days – Botafogo – 26s71
Men’s 50m Butterfly Men
- Cesar Cielo – Minas Tennis – 22s91
- Nicholas Santos – Unisanta – 23s04
- Henrique Martins – Minas Tennis – 23s44
Women’s 50 Breaststroke
- Jhennifer da Conceição – Flamengo – 31s86
- Ana Carla Carvalho – Pinheiros – 32s08
- Beatriz Travalon – Pinheiros – 32s11
Men’s 50 Breaststroke
- Felipe France – Pinheiros – 27s04
- Joao Gomes Junior – Pinheiros – 27s14
- Felipe Lima – Minas Tennis – 27s52
Women’s 800 freestyle
- Bruna primati – SESI / SP – 8m44s30
- Viviane Jungblut – Náutico Union – 8m47s03
- Carolina Bilich – Minas Tenis – 8m54s69
Men’s 1500 freestyle
- Miguel Valente – Minas Tennis – 15m16s69
- Lucas Kanieski – Minas Tennis – 15m22s84
- Luiz Rogério Arapiraca – Unisanta – 15m33s12