SANTIAGO, Chile, March 7. SOME of the best swimmers out of South America have converged on the city of Santiago, Chile, for the South American Games.
Brazil’s Felipe Lima nearly cleared his season best with a 1:01.63 to win the men’s 100-meter breaststroke. That swim just missed his ninth-ranked time of 1:01.47 from January in Perth, Australia. Venezuela’s Carlos Claverie Borgiani picked up second in 1:02.19 with Panama’s Edgar Crespo earning third in 1:02.58.
Argentina’s Martin Naidich picked up the men’s 800-meter freestyle title in 8:05.28 to kick the evening off with Ecuador’s Esteban Enderica Salgado posting a second-place time of 8:07.78. Brazil’s Marcos Ferrari De Oliveira earned third-place honors in 8:09.93.
Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto crushed the women’s 400-meter freestyle field with a 4:10.71 for the win, while Chile’s Kristel Kobrich touched second in 4:15.15. Brazil’s Manuella Duarte Lyrio rounded out the top three in 4:20.86.
Brazil’s Leonardo De Deus followed with a 2:00.28 to capture the men’s 200-meter backstroke crown with Paraguay’s Matias Lopez placing second overall in 2:02.43. Colombia’s David Cespedes Echeverri raced his way to third in 2:04.12.
Brazil’s Daynara Ferreira De Paula picked up the women’s 100-meter fly title in 59.35 as the only swimmer under a minute in the event. Colombia’s Caroline Colorado finished second in 1:00.15 with Brazil’s Etienne Medeiros posting a third-place time of 1:00.88.
Argentina went 1-2 in the women’s 200-meter IM with Virginia Bardach winning in 2:19.44. Florencia Perotti hit the wall second in 2:20.67 with Brazil’s Julia Gerotto winding up third in 2:21.22. Argentina snared another win with a head-to-head battle between Federico Grabich and Brazil’s Nicolas De Oliveira, 1:49.39 to 1:49.72, in the men’s 200-meter free. Peru’s Mauricio Villanueva snagged third in 1:50.30.
Brazil’s Larissa De Oliveira, Jessica Cavalheiro, Carolina Queiroz and Manuella Lyrio won the women’s 800-meter freestyle relay to close the night with an 8:18.34. Venezuela’s Wendy Crespo, Erika Torrellas, Yennifer Mendoza and Andreina Pinto took second in 8:23.11, while Colombia’s Carolina Colorado, Maria Pugliese, Maria Munoz and Jessica Camposano placed third just behind in 8:23.77.