The second day of Brazil’s Winter Junior and Senior Champs saw perhaps the next in the long line of elite Brazilian sprinters nab the headlines.
17-year-old Felipe Ribeiro, who currently trains with Junior World Record-holder Matheus Santana at Unisanta, won the 200 free and put up a big 100 free split on the closing relay.
Ribeiro blasted to a win in the Junior I 200 free, going 1:50.62 and shattering an 11-year-old meet record by nearly a full second.
But he saved his best swim for last, closing the night as the anchor of Unisanta’s 4×100 free relay. Trailing Corinthians, Ribeiro popped off a 49.10 to nearly bring his team back for the win. Unisanta ultimately took second by .01, with Corinthians hanging on for the win in 3:29.82.
Five more meet records went down on night 2 of the meet, which features all age groups swimming together in prelims, then breaks them up into two junior categories and a senior class for finals.
In the men’s Junior II 200 free, Luiz Altamir broke the meet record with a 1:50.17, atoning for a rough Maria Lenk meet, where he was sick during competition.
Meet records went down in all three men’s 200 free races, as Joao Veras went 1:49.74 to break the meet mark.
In an event with just two entrants, Joanna Marahao broke the meet record in the senior 400 IM, making up for the race’s questionable depth with a great top-end effort of 4:52.81, a good 7 seconds under the old record.
In the men’s IM, Brandonn Almeida won the Junior II class, going 4:25.13 to hack five seconds off the old meet record.
And in the Junior II 4×100 free relay on the men’s side, Pinheiros took down the meet mark, going 3:23.30. That was led by Pedro Spajari‘s 50.15 anchor leg.