2019 ARGENTINA NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- April 24th-27th, 2019
- CENARD, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- LCM (50m)
- Live Results
Distance ace Delfina Pignatiello became the first Argentianian to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with her performance at the Argentina National Championships. On Saturday, Pignatiello raced to victory in the 1500 meter free, posting a 16:13.98 ahead of Chilean Olympian Kristel Kobrich (16:16.95). She’s the National Record holder in this event, boasting a 15:59.51 from the 2017 World Junior Championships.
Macarena Ceballos scored a 6th individual win of the meet in the 100 breast. She was about a half second shy of her best time, dominating the race in 1:08.64. National Record holder Julia Sebastian was absent from the race, but she did compete at the Maria Lenk Trophy last week. Also racking up the wins at this meet was Virginia Bardach. She collected her 5th win of the meet tonight, topping the 100 back in 1:05.65.
On the men’s side, National Record holder and Olympian Federico Grabich picked up his 2nd win of the meet. Grabich, who won the 200 free earlier in the meet, was the 100 freestyle champion in 49.30. That’s under the Pan American Games standard but still almost a second shy of the Olympic cut.
Brazilian standout Brandonn Almeida battled Argentina’s Santiago Bergliaffa, the National Record holder, in the 400 IM. Almeida took on the lead with his backstroke leg, holding off Bergliaffa through the free leg as Almeida won in 4:24.97 to Bergliaffa’s 4:26.15.
Additional Day 4 Winners:
- Women’s 50 Free: Maria Ruggiero, 26.87
- Men’s 50 Back: Nicolas Deferrari, 26.47
- Men’s 200 Breast: Gabriel Morelli, 2:15.77