Start Lists Released for Singular Brazilian Olympic Qualifier in Two Weeks

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April 06th, 2021 News

It’s Olympic Trials season, and Brazil’s Olympic team selection meet is set for April 19-24 at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center in Rio de Janeiro. This is the only meet where Brazilians can qualify for the team*. It’s a shift from the last two Olympic cycles, where there were two qualification meets in 2016 and seven in 2012.

This week, the Brazilian swimming federation (CBDA) released start lists for the meet.

*In March, the CBDA announced that swimmers who test positive for COVID-19 between March 19 and April 19, the first day of the meet, may be eligible to compete in a time trial closer to the Olympics and make the team


The meet has been limited to just 120 swimmers to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and some events have entry lists in the single digits as a result.

The men’s sprints are some of the deepest events, with Bruno Fratus leading the 50 free and Marcelo Chierighini atop the 100 free entries. In the 100 free, it’ll be a vicious battle for a spot on the team, with eight men seeded under 49 and 11 more under 50.

The men’s breaststrokes will also be tight, with four under a minute in the 100 breast, led by Joao GomesFelipe LimaFelipe Silva and Caio Pumputis. The Georgia Tech star Pumputis is also top seed in the 200 IM and 200 breast, so he’ll have multiple other avenues onto the team if the field gets away from him here.

Mid-distance star Fernando Scheffer and distance star Guilherme Da Costa will clash in the 400 free, which should be an incredible race.

On the women’s side, sprinter Etiene Medeiros and breaststroker Jhennifer Conceicao are top talents, while NCAA talents Maria Heitmann (Indiana) and Maria Sumida (Louisville) could add some new faces to the Olympic roster.


The top two finishers in each individual event will qualify for the Games, provided they’re under the FINA ‘A’ cut, and the top four in both the men’s 100 and 200 freestyle will earn a berth on the team. If the fifth-place swimmer is under the ‘A’ cut, he’ll be added as a relay-only athlete.

The top-four finishers in the women’s 100 and 200 free will race the relay time trials and qualify for the Olympic team provided that the relays do.

One extra wrinkle to look out for is that Brazil is holding women’s relay time trials, and one for the mixed medley relay, to try to qualify for Tokyo. This was not initially a publicly planned aspect for the meet when it was originally set for spring 2020.

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2 years ago

is there any live stream??

2 years ago

Start list link doesn’t work for me!?!

Reply to  Ghost
2 years ago

Seems to be an issue on the Brazilian federation’s end.

2 years ago

Cesar Cielo retired?

Reply to  Gus
2 years ago

He talks about his status in this episode of the podcast:

If you open it on YouTube, you’ll notice there are bookmarks to jump to the key moments.

Basically, he’s training enough to impress kids at clinics, swim a few money races.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Just out this news:

Fratus will not participate due to covid cases and will use the Mission Viejo meeting to go for the 50 and 100 times (later for relay purpose)

Chalmers > Dressel
2 years ago

what about Vini Lanza?

Reply to  Chalmers > Dressel
2 years ago

100 fly 200 fly and 200IM

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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