Guilherme Costa Breaks 2nd South American Record in 2 Days at U.S. Open

2019 U.S. Open Swimming Championships

For the 2nd-straight night, Brazilian freestyler Guilherme da Costa has broken a Brazilian and South American Record. His latest effort came in the men’s 400 free, where he swam a 3:46.57 to win the A-final on Thursday evening.

That swim smashed the old record of 3::47.99 that was set in April of this year at the Maria Lenk Trophy by Fernando Scheffer.

Costa’s closing speed in his swim was the difference-maker in the record. He also swam a South American Record of 7:47.37, where he also came way down in his closing 100 meter split (59.02 to 57.17).

Comparative Splits:

Old Record New Record
Fernando Scheffer Guilherme Costa
100m 55.07 55.34
200m 57.83 57.67
300m 57.86 58.02
400m 57.23 55.54
Total Time 3:47.99 3:46.57

Costa was 21st at the World Championships in the 800 free and 25th in the 1500 free.

Costa is one of a handful of Brazilian swimmers who are racing at this meet after spending some time at an altitude training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona. In Brazil, a country best known historically for its sprinters and almost never for its distance swimmers, have begun to see a wave of talented young swimmers shift that perception. That includes Costa, Scheffer, and 15-year old Stephan Steverink, who swam a 15:26.77 in the 1500 free at the Brazilian 15-16 championships this week.

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