Pumputis and Lanza join Brazil’s Olympic Roster, Costa Sweeps Distance Events

2021 BRAZILIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS

The penultimate day of the 2021 Brazilian Olympic Trials etched two more names into Brazil’s Olympic Roster and further showcased the dominance of their 22-year-old distance star Guilherme Costa.

Costa, the Brazilian National Record holder in the 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle and 1500 freestyle, undercut the Olympic qualifying time in the 1500 free tonight by 1.7 seconds to claim a spot on Brazil’s Olympic roster in every distance freestyle event.

He was also scheduled to represent Brazil in Open Water at the Tokyo Olympics after he finished in the top two at Brazil’s Open Water qualifying race in March. But, during his post-race interview on Friday, Costa announced he will be dropping the open water event in order to focus on his three distance pool races. Diogo Villarinho will now take Costa’s place for the Open Water events alongside Alan do Carmo.

Costa’s 1500 freestyle time of 14:59.21 ranks him 9th in the world this season:

2020-2021 LCM Men 1500 Free

FlorianGER
Wellbrock
04/18
14:36.45
2Bobby
Finke
USA14:39.6508/01
3Mykhailo
Romanchuk
UKR14:39.8905/19
4Gregorio
Paltrinieri
ITA14:40.3804/03
5Lukas
Märtens
GER14:49.2604/11
6Daniel
Jervis
GBR14:50.2207/30
7Sergii
Frolov
UKR14:51.8307/30
8Felix
Auboeck
AUT14:51.8807/30
9Kirill
Martynychev
RUS14:52.6607/30
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2019 Pan American silver medalist Caio Pumputis was the first swimmer to clock an Olympic qualifying time on Friday, winning the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.53 and besting the qualifying time by a full second. This was a significant time drop for Pumputis whose lifetime best going into this meet was 2:00.09 from the 2019 U.S. National Championships.

Second-place finisher Vini Lanza also punched his ticket to Tokyo by cracking the qualifying time by .09 with a time of 1:59.58. He started off with an aggressive pace, leading the pack with Leonardo Santos but Pumputis’s 34.04 breaststroke split overtook them.

This time ranks Pumputis 17th in the world this season:

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 IM

WangCHN
Shun
07/01
1:55.00
2Michael
Andrew
USA1:55.2606/17
3Duncan
Scott
GBR1:55.2807/30
4Jeremy
Desplanches
SUI1:56.1705/19
5Daiya
Seto
JPN1:56.2207/30
6Mitch
Larkin
AUS1:56.2906/16
7Hugo
Gonzalez
ESP1:56.3106/06
8Phillip
Heintz
GER1:56.4212/30
9Chase
Kalisz
USA1:56.9706/18
10Hubert
Kos
HUN1:56.9905/19
11Alberto
Razzetti
ITA1:57.1304/03
12Carson
Foster
USA1:57.2007/25
13Kieran
Smith
USA1:57.2306/18
14Lewis
Clareburt
NZL1:57.2704/09
15Kosuke
Hagino
JPN1:57.3907/28
16Andrey
Zhilkin
RUS1:57.5004/08
17Laszlo
Cseh
HUN1:57.5105/20
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This was a big swim for former Indiana star Lanza who surprisingly missed the 200 fly on Wednesday. He beat his lifetime best time from 2017 by exactly 2 seconds.

Lanza will also be aiming for the Olympic qualifying time tomorrow in the 100 fly where he is the top seed and only swimmer ranked with a time faster than the qualifying standard. He won bronze in this event at the 2019 Pan American Games.

Notably, Olympic veteran Larissa Oliveira came painstakingly close to the Olympic qualifying time in the 100 free, missing it by .01. She placed 21st in the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She still has the 50 freestyle tomorrow where she is ranked 3rd and is about half a second off the qualifying cut.

There is only one more day of racing at the Brazilian Olympic Trials in Barra da Tijuca, and it begins at 9:30am local time (8:30am EDT) with the men and women’s 50 freestyle, women’s 200 backstroke, men’s 100 butterfly and women’s 800 freestyle. After five days of competition, Brazil’s Olympic roster has 13 members:

Brazilian Olympic Roster After Day 5

  1. Guilherme Costa: 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 1500 freestyle
  2. Felipe Lima: 100 breaststroke
  3. Fernando Scheffer: 200 freestyle
  4. Breno Correia: 200 freestyle
  5. Guilherme dias Masse: 100 backstroke
  6. Guilherme Guido: 100 backstroke
  7. Leonardo De Deus: 200 butterfly
  8. Beatriz Pimentel Dizotti: 1500 freestyle
  9. Betina Lorscheitter1500 freestyle*
  10. Andre Luiz Souza: 100 freestyle
  11. Pedro Spajari: 100 freestyle
  12. Caio Pumputis: 200 individual medley
  13. Vini Lanza: 200 individual medley

FINA “A” Standards:

MEN’S CUT EVENT WOMEN’S CUT
22.01 50 freestyle 24.77
48.57 100 m freestyle 54.38
1:47.02 200 m freestyle 1:57.28
3:46.78 400 m freestyle 4:07.90
7:54.31 800 m freestyle 8:33.36
15:00.99 1500 m freestyle 16:32.04
53.85 100 m backstroke 1:00.25
1:57.50 200 m backstroke 2:10.39
59.93 100 m breaststroke 1:07.07
2:10.35 200 m breaststroke 2:25.52
51.96 100 m butterfly 57.92
1:56.48 200 m butterfly 2:08.43
1:59.67 200 m individual medley 2:12.56
4:15.84 400 m individual medley 4:38.53

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Kiwiswimchick
4 months ago

Anyone know which qualifier had the adverse doping result?

HJones
Reply to  Kiwiswimchick
4 months ago

Brazil media says it iz Andre Luiz Souza, the winner of the 100 freestyle.

Chalmers > Dressel
4 months ago

Happy for Vini Lanza!

Joel Lin
4 months ago

Great to see Pumputis pull through. It’s been a long week for some at this meet w/ the less than ideal conditions in play.