At the Campeonato Gaúcho de Invierno in Brazil, Viviane Jungblut cracked the national record in the 800 free in short course meters.
Jungblut, according to bestswim.com, won the 800m free in 8:27.69. That clears the old mark of 8:27.77, which was set by Poliana Okimoto, best known for her open water exploits, at the José Finkel Trophy back in 2010. Okimoto still holds the Brazilian national records in the longer 1500 meter pool race in both short course and long course meters.
Jungblut was still off of the South American continental record, which was set in 2009 by Chile’s Kristel Kobrich. That record sits at 8:08.02, and was done at a World Cup meet seven years ago.
That swim marked the first Brazilian record in short course meters in over a year– there were no new SCM records in 2015, after records in the 50 free, 100 free, 50 back, 100 back, and 50 fly for women and the 200 free, 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast, 50 fly, and 100 IM for men (along with several relay records) went down in 2014. Most of those short course records in 2014 came from the World Championships (SCM) in Doha, Qatar.
In addition to her prowess in the pool, Jungblut is an established open water competitor.