2016 MARIA LENK TROPHY OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Friday, April 15th – Wednesday, April 20th
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Prelims 9:30am local/8:30am EDT; Finals 5:30pm local/4:30pm EDT
- Brazilian Olympic Selection Criteria
- Maria Lenk Start List
- Meet Schedule
- Real-Time Results
*Asterisks indicate FINA ‘A’ qualifying swims.
Men’s 400 IM- Prelims
- FINA ‘A’ Qualification Standard: 4:16.71
- ‘A’ Qualifiers from Brazil Open: Brandonn Almeida (4:14.07)
- Kakeru Murata: 4:23.83
- Leonardo Santos: 4:23.87
- Brandonn Almeida: 4:24.97
- Caio Pumputis: 4:29.93
- Yizhe Wang: 4:30.38
- Leonardo Calice: 4:31.61
- Icaro Pereira: 4:33.57
- Marcelo Pereira: 4:35.80
Japan’s Kakeru Murata hit the top time this morning in the 400 IM with 4:23.83, followed closely by Leonardo Santos in 4:23.87. Santos was just off his personal best, a 4:23.78 from last year’s Jose Finkel Trophy that ranks him 11th in the all-time Brazilian standings.
Junior World Record holder Brandonn Almeida swam it easy, hitting third in 4:24.97. Almeida’s 4:14.07 from the Brazil Open places him second in the all-time Brazilian rankings.
The trio were well ahead of the field, with Caio Pumputis five seconds behind for fourth in 4:29.97.
The entire field was well off the FINA ‘A’ standard 4:16.71, but they are most likely holding back some energy for the final tonight. Given this morning’s results, it seems that Almeida’s spot on the Olympic team is safe.
Women’s 100 Fly- Prelims
- FINA ‘A’ Qualification Standard: 58.74
- ‘A’ Qualifiers from Brazil Open: N/A
- Daiene Dias: 58.04*
- Etiene Medeiros: 58.49*
- Katarina Listopadova: 58.99
- Daynara Ferreira: 59.01
- Bruna Caroline Lemos: 59.45
- Shuang Li: 59.91
- Natalia de Luccas: 1:00.07
- Misendova Barbora: 1:00.35
Daiene Dias and Etiene Medeiros each scored a FINA ‘A’ cut in the 100 fly. Dias came in nearly three-quarters of a second under the mark with 58.04, a time that ties her for 18th in the world rankings.
This marks Dias’s first FINA ‘A’ cut swim at either of the Olympic-qualifying meets, while Medeiros, who finished in 58.49, swam under the mark in both the 50 and 100 free at the Brazil Open.
Both swimmers swam personal bests this morning, with Dias dropping nearly half a second from her previous best 58.49, and Medieros slicing off .03 from her own personal best 58.52. The two swimmers are the third and fourth fastest Brazilians in history in the event, behind national record holder Gabriella Silva (56.94) and Daynara de Paula (57.68), who both hit their best swims at the suit-era 2009 World Championships.
In order to displace either Dias or Medeiros’s spot on the team tonight, swimmers from the rest of the field, led by Katarina Listopadova (58.99), will have to come in under the ‘A’ mark and faster than one or both of the swimmers’ performances this morning.
Men’s 400 Free- Prelims
- FINA ‘A’ Qualification Standard: 3:50.40
- ‘A’ Qualifiers from Brazil Open: Luiz Melo (3:50.32)
- Lucas Kanieski: 3:52.61
- Miguel Valente: 3:54.29
- Giovanny Lima: 3:54.50
- Fernando Scheffer: 3:55.56
- Marcos V Ferrari de Oliveira: 3:56.12
- Martin Carrizo: 3:56.42
- Alexandre Finco: 3:56.45
- Guilherme da Costa: 3:57.15
Although no swimmers hit the ‘A’ standard 3:50.40 this morning, a couple are well within reach for their swims tonight. Lucas Kanieski came the closest, hitting 3:52.61 for the top seed. His swim this morning just missed his best time, a 3:52.50 from this meet last year that has him ranked 8th in the Brazilian all-time standings. Kanieski took tenth at last season’s Pan Am Games in this event and seventh in the 1500 free.
Miguel Valente and Giovanny Lima came up second and third in 3:54.29 and 3:54.50, respectively. Valente is the fourth-fastest Brazilian in history in this event, while Lima is sixth.
Fernando Scheffer, ranked 23rd all-time, finished fourth in 3:55.56.
Luiz Melo, who hit 3:50.32 at the Brazil Open to come in under the ‘A’ mark, will lead the ‘B’ final, after swimming 3:56.23 in prelims.
Women’s 400 IM- Prelims
- FINA ‘A’ Qualification Standard: 4:43.46
- ‘A’ Qualifiers from Brazil Open: Joanna Maranhao (4:40.78)
- Joanna Maranhao: 4:46.54
- Barbora Závadová: 4:48.16
- Haruno Ito: 4:50.59
- Virginia Bardach: 4:50.85
- Bruna Veronez Primati: 4:51.58
- Florencia Perotti: 4:52.05
- Gabrielle Goncalves: 4:52.07
- Nathalia Almeida: 4:55.94
Unsurprisingly, Joanna Maranhao scored the top-qualifying time this morning in her signature 400 IM. Maranhao was the only swimmer to come in under the FINA ‘A’ time at the Brazilian Open, and her spot is one of the safest on the Brazilian Olympic team. Her time this morning, 4:46.54, was eight seconds off her best time, a Brazilian record 4:38.07, but she can afford to swim this meet untapered, unlike most other swimmers.
Czech national record holder Barbora Závadová (4:48.16) and Haruno Ito (4:50.59) of Japan scored second and third in the prelims. Virginia Bardach of Argentina finished fourth in 4:50.85.
Nineteen-year-old Bruna Veronez Primati was the second-fastest Brazilian swimmer, with 4:51.58.
Men’s 100 Breast- Prelims
- FINA ‘A’ Qualification Standard: 1:00.57
- ‘A’ Qualifiers from Brazil Open: Felipe Franca Silva (59.56), Joao Gomes Jr. (1:00.00), Felipe Lima (1:00.09), and Pedro Cardona (1:00.14)
- Joao Gomes Jr: 59.06*
- Felipe Franca Silva: 59.56*
- Pedro Cardona: 59.77*
- Felipe Lima: 1:00.06*
- Felipe Monni: 1:00.68
- Raphael Oliveria: 1:00.90
- Diego Candido Prado: 1:01.45
- Henrique Marques: 1:01.67
Tonight’s race will be a contentious fight for the Olympic spots, as Joao Gomes Jr., Felipe Franca Silva, Pedro Cardona, and Felipe Lima all came in under the FINA ‘A’ mark in the 100 breast.
The same group hit the mark at the Brazil Open in December, but all four swimmers have come back to the Maria Lenk Trophy even faster.
The Brazilian national record, a 59.03 set by Henrique Barbosa in suit-era 2009 will also be in danger tonight.
Only two swimmers can qualify for the Brazilian Olympic team in this event; those two Olympic swimmers will be the ones who swim the fastest times overall of the prelims and finals swims at the Brazil Open and today’s Maria Lenk Trophy. Therefore, unless any swimmer (or two swimmers) in the field goes faster than Gomes’s 59.06 and Silva’s 59.56 tonight, Gomes and Silva will be the Brazilian Olympic team members.
Since Gomes, now the second-fastest Brazilian 100 breaststroker of all time, came in half a second ahead of the field, his spot is a little safer than Silva’s.
However, Silva and Lima (1:00.06) are capable of swimming even faster than they went this morning. Silva is the third-fastest Brazilian in history with a 59.21 from the 2015 Pan Am Games, and Lima is fourth-in-history with a 59.75 from 2013. Cardona’s 59.77 is his personal best.
All in all, both Lima and Cardona are capable of unseating Silva’s 59.56, so he needs to go all-out tonight to hold them off.