Odds and Ends From Day 6 at Maria Lenk


Here’s a look at some interesting facts from day 5 of the Maria Lenk Trophy Open Championships, with plenty of historically significant swims occurring on the fifth day in Brazil.

  • The women’s 100 free saw Etiene Medeiros and Larissa Oliveira both break the national record in order to qualify under the ‘A’ standard (Medeiros was 54.26 at Brazil Open, Oliveira 54.03 at Maria Lenk). This is the first time two women have qualified individually in the 100 free for Brazil since the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
  • The women’s 200 breast podium was the first one ever at Maria Lenk to include only foreigners, with Argentina’s Julia Sebastian and Macarena Cellabos going 1-2 and Japan’s Sae Saito finishing 3rd.
  • Rafaela Raurich‘s prelim swim of 56.09 in the 100 freestyle was the fastest ever by a 15 year-old Brazilian.
  • Raurich’s 200 free from earlier in the meet is also the fastest ever for a 15 year-old from Brazil.
  • Also in the 200 freestyle Gabrielle Roncatto‘s time of 1:59.22 is the fastest ever for a 17 year-old in Brazil, and is also the fastest junior time ever nationally (17-19 years). Maria Paula Heitmann (1:59.95) ranks 2nd all-time for 17 year-olds.

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Also for the first since 1948 Brazil may put a girl 4×100 relay at a final and if the medley evolve a.little for the first time Brazil might have all 6 relays with a chance to final.


Brazil is still light years behind the World in women’s swimming, but it’s very good to see one generation leapfrogging other.


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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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