Heitmann Top Performer At Brazilian Youth and Junior Championships

The top Brazilian 13 and 14 year old swimmers competed in the long course at the “Campeonato Brasileiro Infantil de Natação” or the Brazilian Youth and Junior Championships in Vitoria. The competition (the Mauricio Bekenn Trophy) was won by the Corintians team that collected 428.50 points over the four days of competition. The team not only put up impressive performances during the competition, but showed tremendous class at it’s completion.

The team dressed in black and wore black bands around their arms to honour 13 year old Pedro Nicolas Sena da Silva who was set to compete in the championships, but in a tragic event passed away after being struck by a car on November 12th. The pictures of the team can be seen here.

Rounding the top three teams were the Pinheiros who earned 278.50 and Fluminense who collected 251 points.

When it comes down to the top performers in the meet 14 year old Maria Paula Heitmann put the top five performances based on the FINA points chart:

  1. 200 freestyle – 2:04.25 (884 pts)
  2. 100 freestyle – :57.56 (873)
  3. 200 freestyle – 2:05.86 (864)
  4. 100 freestyle – :58.55 (847)
  5. 400 freestyle – 4:28.44 (842)

*Victoria De Fatima Da Cruz posted a time of :58.71 in the 100 freestyle which equates to 842 FINA points tying Heitmann for fifth

Heitmann won four events, 50, 100, 200 and 400 freestyle and broke two championship records in the 100 and 200 freestyle events.

Not only Heitmann’s swims, but the performances of the girls overall give Brazilians reason to be optimistic as all of the top 10 girls performances were stronger than that of the boys. It is a rare occurrence in Brazil for this to happen.

The completition of the girl’s top ten performance list:

  • 7. Victoria De Fatima Da Cruz – 100 freestyle – :59.14 (831)
  • 7. Rafaela Raurich (13 yrs) – 200 freestyle – 2:08.52 (831)
  • 9. Maria L C Pessanha (13 yrs) – 100 backstroke – 1:05.95 (826)
  • 9. Maria L C Pessanha (13 yrs) – 400 IM – (826)
  • 9. Luanna Nunes Martins de Oliveira – 100 freestyle – :59.32 (826)

The boys top ten performances are as follows:

  1. Matheus F M Gonche – 400 freestyle – 4:10.20 (814)
  2. Gabriel Nogueira Cardenes – 200 freestyle – 1:57.68 (813)
  3. Matheus F M Gonche – 200 butterfly – 2:08.22 (812)
  4. Matheus F M Gonche – 1500 freestyle – 16:38.17 (809)
  5. Caio Rodrigues Pumputis – 200 breaststroke – 2:25.77 (800)
  6. Matheus F M Gonche – 100 butterfly – :57.68 (797)
  7. Rafael Tangerino Cerqueira – 400 freestyle – 4:14.19 (789)
  8. Matheus F M Gonche – 200 butterfly – 2:10.11 – (789)
  9. Breno M Correia – 200 freestyle – 1:59.48 (789)
  10. Izaac Paula Junior (13 yrs) – 1500 freestyle – 16:52.47 (787)
  11. Rafael Tangerino Cerqueira – 200 freestyle – 1:59.66 (787)
  12. Gabriel Nogueira Cardenes – 100 freestyle – 54.28 (787)

Other top performers included 13 year old Maria Pessanha who won four events in championship record times:

  • 200 butterfly – 2:24.06
  • 200 IM – 2:24.66
  • 400 IM – 5:03.70
  • 100 backstroke – 1:05.95

Matheus F M Gonche also won four events, setting a new championship record in the 200 butterfly posting a time of 2:08.22. It is incredible to think that the 14 year old Gonche’s best time in April was a 2:19.55.

Other championship records included:

Boys:

  • Caia Pumputis – 14 yr – 200 breaststroke – 2:25.77

Girls:

  • Beatriz Lima e Silva – 14 yr – 200 backstroke – 2:21.51
  • Clarisse Maria Rodrigues – 14 yr – 100 butterfly – 1:03.56

Full results can be found here

SwimSwam thanks D’ Artagnan R. Dias for providing the information about this competition.

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Heitmann 100 free is 18th in Brazil absolute ranking,and her 200free is 12th.
You can watch her 200free victory here(she is in lane 4):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_d6bJoL8Ro

credits:swimitup channel

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