NCAA & World Champion Joao de Lucca Retires from Swimming

NCAA Champion, World Champion, and Brazilian Olympian Joao de Lucca has announced his retirement from competitive swimming. He will move into a role as the head coach of Cardinal Aquatics in Louisville.

That club is run by Louisville head coach Arthur Albiero and his wife Amy, who is currently the team’s head coach.

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Venho aqui comunicar que hoje estou oficialmente me retirando do cenário competitivo da natação. Há alguns dias já vinha querendo postar isso e comunicar os que me seguem e, principalmente aos que tiveram grande influência na minha carreira. Agradeço por tudo que o esporte me proporcionou e além disso a pessoa em que me tornei ao longo dessa jornada. Num total de 24 anos de natação competitiva, aprendi muitas lições que irei levar-las pro resto da minha vida. Aprendi a ganhar, e mais importante, aprendi a perder, ter a humildade de reconhecer meus erros e ter a resiliência de tentar novamente. Através do esporte conheci pessoas incríveis ao redor do mundo, tive contato com culturas diferentes e consegui uma formação acadêmica que me preparou para o próximo passo da minha vida. Obrigado especial @carol.delucca por estar comigo nesta jornada e sempre me dando apoio mesmo nas horas difíceis. Obrigado também por me dar uma família linda e maravilhosa. Agradeço infinitamente meus pais por terem me incentivado ao esporte e por saberem que esse era o melhor caminho que poderia percorrer. @lenabevilaqua e pai obrigado por me guiar as escolhas certas e me levar aos treinos de madrugada mesmo quando não queria treinar. @danwolokita , você é um mestre e me fez abrir os olhos e enxergar que o sonho é SIM alcançável. @arthuralbiero e @_chris_lindauer_ obrigado de mais por tudo que vocês fizeram por mim nesses últimos 10 anos, vocês me fizeram enxergar a natação de uma forma diferente. Foi uma jornada incrível e se pudesse, faria tudo de novo. Vocês me receberam muito bem no @uoflswim_dive e fiz do time uma família e aprendi com vocês a trabalhar em equipe e fazer mais pelos outros. @kelsiwhirl melhor teammate que pude ter. Obrigado @timeflamengo e Duda por acreditarem em mim mesmo quando muitos duvidaram. Hoje me retiro da natação competitiva como atleta e entro numa nova jornada como Head coach de um time de natação aqui em Louisville. O brigado @cardinalaquaticsofficial pela oportunidade e estou muito animado em passar a diante tudo que o esporte me ensinou e ajudar as próximas gerações de nadadores a se tornarem mais rápidos e melhores cidadãos do mundo. Obrigado

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“In a total of 24 years of competitive swimming, I learned many lessons that I will take with me for the rest of my life,” de Lucca said. “I learned to win, and more importantly, I learned to lose, to have the humility to acknowledge my mistakes and to have the resilience to try again. Through sport I met incredible people around the world, I had contact with different cultures and got an academic education that prepared me for the next step in my life.”

de Lucca went on to thank his wife Carol, his parents, his coaches Arthur Albiero, Chris Lindauer, and Dan Wolokita, as well as his Brazilian coaches.

He also thanked his fellow Louisville Cardinal and long-time training partner Kelsi Dahlia, saying she was the best teammate that he could have.

A two-time relay medalist at the World Junior Championships, the 30-year old De Lucca first grew to the senior elite level at the University of Louisville in the United States. There, in 2013 and 2014 he was the back-to-back American collegiate NCAA Champion in the 200 free.

He built off that collegiate career at the 2014 World Short Course Championships, where he swam on the winning Brazilian 200 medley relay and bronze medal 200 mixed free relay. He also swam at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships on the Brazilian bronze medalist 400 free relay.

The 2015 Pan American Games saw his biggest international success, winning 3 gold medals. Two of those medals came in the men’s 400 and 800 free relays, and he also won the individual 200 free – his only major international medal of any color.

De Lucca swam on brazil’s 800 free relay at the 2018 World Championships where they swam to a 7th-place finish. There he split 1:47.11, which was the team’s 3rd-best split behind Fernando Scheffer (1:45.97) and Breno Correia (1:46.84). He was faster than Luiz Altamir Melo, who led off in 1:47.72.

He was not a member of the Brazilian 800 free relay at the 2018 World Short Course Championships that turned heads with a World Record. After saying he was considering retirement in the summer of 2018, by 2019 de Lucca worked his way back into the country’s top quartet in that event.

De Lucca represented the New York Breakers last season in his first and only season in the International Swimming League. He swam at all 3 of the team’s meets, scoring 16 total “MVP points.”

His best results came in the team’s finale at the US Derby in College Park, Maryland, where he finished 3rd in the 200 free.

De Lucca and his wife Carol welcomed their first child, Kira Ganon de Lucca, in February of this year.

 

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DCSwim
5 days ago

He was really the forerunner for the resurgence of 100-200 male freestylers like Farris, Apple, Pieroni. Enjoy retirement!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  DCSwim
5 days ago

Lane 1 200 free win at NCAAs if I recall.

Olympian
5 days ago

Such an example of sportsmanship, natural born leader.

Congratulation for the stellar career and enjoy getting fat, big man!

He Said What?
5 days ago

Will he become a coach? he was clearly a leader on the Brazilian National Team and has an insight and understanding most don’t possess. I apologize if I am missing something re his future goals in the sport.

Can you Read?
Reply to  He Said What?
5 days ago

Bro, did you even read the first paragraph of the article?

Ragnar
Reply to  He Said What?
5 days ago

He’ll be the head coach of Cardinal aquatics in Louisville

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  He Said What?
5 days ago

I wonder if he’ll retire from elite swimming.

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