Matheus Santana has broken the Brazilian 15-16 sprint records so many times this year, it’s almost hard to remember how good Cesar Cielo once was at the same age.
Ending the year with a bang, at the last major meet on the Brazilian schedule for the year, Santana took his 50 freestyle record even lower this week. The meet is the Campeonato Carioca Absoluto de Natação, which loosely is the Rio de Janiero All-Comers State Championship meet.
He swam a 22.79 long course 50 free, which is just an unreal time. For starters, it broke the Meet Record (for any age) held by Nicholas dos Santos of 22.80.
Further, it took down his old 15-16 National Age Group Record of 23.01, set earlier this year by more than two tents – a significant amount over 50 meters.
For comparison, the only swimmers I know of at that age who have been better at that age are Australia’s Cameron McEvoy (22.76), Russian Evgeny Sedov earlier this year (22.67); American Shayne Fleming (22.72), and Russian Vlad Morozov (22.44); and the latter of those two did their swims in 2008 during the semi-shiny suit era.
Santana doesn’t turn 17 until early April. That will be before the Maria Lenk Trophy, Brazil’s big National Championship and World’s qualifier, but he’s still going to have a lot of time to take his marks even lower.