According to the Brazilian swim blog Blog do Coach, Thiago Pereira has left the Trojan Swim Club at USC and has returned home to Brazil to train with Cesar Cielo’s PRO16 training group in Sao Paulo. The story goes that he sold his Porsche to Ous Mellouli, packed his bags, and headed back home for good.
This PRO16 group is led by longtime Cielo mentor Alberto Pinto. This could be a good move for him – as some Brazilian fans have observed, the Brazilian freestyle relay is always one leg short of being medalists. Some believe that Pereira, generally a middle-distance swimmer, might be the 4th-leg that they need, and training with Cielo can’t hurt his chances at a solid 100 free time.
Pereira’s time with the Trojans didn’t end well competitively. He struggled at the World Championships and didn’t put up a season-best in the 200 IM, swam some disappointing relay legs, and scratched the 400 IM altogether. At the Pan Am Games, he won a lot of medals (6 golds to be exact), but there too his times were not up to his historical standards.