Pinto Nearly Clocks Lifetime Best In 200 Fly At South American C’ships


25-year-old Etiene Medeiros doubled up on her 100m backstroke win from day 1 with a victory in the women’s 50m freestyle event tonight. The Brazilian scored a time of 24.80 to represent the only swimmer of the field to dip beneath the 25-second threshold. Her time now ties Germany’s Dorethea Brandt for the 13th-fastest in the event in the world this season.

Although Medeiros clocked a new meet record with her performance, it fell shy of the Olympic automatic-qualifying mark of 25.28. Graciele Hermann touched in 25.37 to make it a 1-2 Brazilian finish.

Argentine 200 freestyle winner Federico Grabich was back at it in the splash n’ dash tonight, taking the event in a time of 22.55. Just .03 of a second behind was teammate Guido Buscaglia who registered a time of 22.58 for silver, followed by Venezuelan swimmer Cristian Quintero who took bronze in 22.77. All men fell short of the FINA A cut of 22.27 and came nowhere near the meet record of 21.85 held by Brazil’s Cesar Cielo since 2012.

200m freestyle runner-up and 400m freestyle winner Andreina Pinto (Venezuela) struck gold again, taking the women’s 200m butterfly in a time of 2:09.92. She was the only sub-2:10 swimmer of the field and came within .6 of a second of the Olympic automatic qualifying time of 2:09.33. For perspective, Pinto holds her nation’s record in the event in a time of 2:09.51 set at last summer’s Pan American Games, so the 25-year-old was less than .2 of a second away from her career-best.

Following up on his 400m freestyle victory from yesterday, 30-year-old Luis Altamir Melo took the men’s 200m butterfly tonight in a time of 1:58.39, clocking a new meet record in the process. Melo’s outing was short of the FINA A cut of 1:56.97, but was enough to hold off Venezuela’s Marcos Lavado, who finished exactly a second behind in 1:59.39.

Additional Winners:

  • Cecilia Biagioli (ARG) earned the gold in the women’s 1500m freestyle event, at age 31.
  • 26-year-old Jose Enderica Salgado scored the top prize in the men’s 800m freestyle, touching in 7:58.46.
  • Brazil won the mixed 400m freestyle relay in a mark of 3:30.98.

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Loretta Race

Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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