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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, September 10. THE first day of short course meter preliminary action is complete at the FINA World Cup in Brazil.
Women's 800 free slower heat
Four Brazilians swam in the slower heat with Betina Lorscheiter posting the fastest time with a 9:09.51. Izabela Fortini (9:15.22), Ana Brena Militao (9:24.51) and Camila Zattar (9:26.28) also competed.
Men's 100 free
Brazil's Cesar Cielo broke 48 seconds to lead the way with a 47.29, while Germany's Steffen Deibler finished second in 48.01. Brazilians made up the rest of the championship eight: Andre Daudt (48.13), Henrique Rodrigues (48.25), Nicholas Santos (48.39), Guilherme Roth Santos (48.56), Bruno Fratus (48.74) and Marcelo Chierighini (48.77).
In the short-lived short course season around the world, Cielo's time is ranked second only to Matthew Abood's 47.07 clocked at the Australian Short Course Championships in July.
Women's 200 free
Brazil's Manuella Lyrio paced prelims with a 1:59.33 – the only sub-2:00 of the day. Teammates Julyana Kury (2:00.31) and Jessica Cavalheiro (2:00.43) finished second and third. Argentina's Cecilia Biagioli (2:00.47) took fourth, while Japan's Nao Kobayashi (2:00.63) placed fifth.
Brazil's Tatiana Lemos Barbosa (2:00.88), Japan's Sakiko Nakamura (2:01.00) and Brazil's Carolina Penteado (2:01.06) touched sixth through eighth.
Men's 50 breast
Brazil's Felipe Silva clocked the swiftest short course sprint breast of the early goings of the year with a 26.63 during prelims. That time far surpassed the previous top-ranked time of 26.90 posted by Fabio Scozzoli last month. Just a handful of meets are factored into the rankings at this time, however.
Brazil's Henrique Barbosa (27.07), Joao Gomes Jr. (27.29) and Raphael Rodrigues (27.45) qualified second through fourth. Russia's Aleksandr Triznov (27.52) finished fifth, while Brazil's Felipe Lima (27.55), Tales Cerdeira (27.61) and Eduardo Fischer (27.79) earned the final transfer spots into finals.
Women's 100 breast
Sweden's Joline Hostman posted the quickest time of prelims with a 1:07.86, while Brazil's Tatiane Sakemi touched second in 1:08.23. Both moved into the early top 10 in the world.
Germany's Kerstin Vogel finished third in 1:09.79, while Brazil's Carolina Mussi placed fourth in 1:10.14. Brazil's Ana Carla Carvalho (1:10.57), Thamy Ventorin (1:11.26), Raphaela Cunha (1:11.32) and Juliana Marin (1:11.83) completed the top eight.
Women's 100 fly
Four swimmers broke 1:00 as Brazil's Gabriella Silva led the way in 57.60. Silva moved to second in the early world rankings, just behind Felicity Galvez's 56.34 from July. World Cup veteran Therese Alshammar of Sweden qualified second in 58.81, while Brazil's Daniele De Jesus (59.29) and Japan's Nao Kobayashi (59.85) earned third and fourth. The Netherlands' Hinkelien Schreuder (1:00.47) placed fifth overall
Brazil's Carolina Athayde (1:00.57), Dandara Antonio (1:00.86) and Simone Koehler (1:02.74) grabbed the other lanes in the finale.
Men's 100 back
Brazil's Guilherme Guido had the swiftest time of qualifying with a time of 52.10. That time ranked fourth in the early world rankings, with a trio of sub-52 times ahead of him: Ashley Delaney (51.41), Daniel Arnamnart (51.81) and Hayden Stoeckel (51.81). Randall Bal of the U.S., a routine competitor in the World Cup circuit, qualified in a second-place tie with Brazil's Daniel Orzchowski with matching 52.72s.
Colombia's Omar Pinzon (53.21), Peter Marshall of the U.S. (53.34), Brazil's Fabio Santi (53.56), Brazil's Leonardo Guedes (53.81) and Brazil's Leonardo Sumida (54.08) qualified fourth through eighth.
Women's 50 back
Japan's Miyuki Takemura topped qualifying in 27.60, while Brazil's Fabiola Molina (27.95) and Etiene Medeiros (27.96) took second and third.
The Netherlands' Hinkelien Schreuder (28.13), Argentina's Cecilia Bertoncello (28.59), Brazil's Natalia Diniz (28.64), Sweden's Therese Svendsen (28.78) and Sweden's Magdalena Kuras (28.82) also made their way into the finale.
Men's 200 fly
Brazil's Leonardo De Deus turned in a 1:54.47 for the top seed out of prelims. That performance moved him into third in the early world rankings with Chris Wright (1:51.74) and Jayden Stoeckel (1:53.10) ahead of him. Japan's Ryusuke Sakata finished second in 1:55.13, while Russia's Nikolay Skvortsov placed third in 1:57.36.
Brazil's Thiago Pereira (1:57.57), Frederico Castro (1:58.64), Marcos Oliveira (1:59.17) and Raphael Mattioli (2:00.95) touched fourth through seventh. Colombia's Omar Pinzon took eighth in 2:01.81.
Women's 200 IM
Brazil swept the championship spots in the middle distance IM. Joanna Maranhao Melo (2:17.01), Larissa Cieslak (2:17.83), Thamy Ventorin (2:19.81), Fernanda Alvarenga (2:21.06), Fabiola Molina (2:22.15), Ana Carolina Azambuja (2:22.22), Julia Siqueira (2:22.43) and Jhessica Santos (2:23.06) comprised the finale field.
Men's 400 free
China's Jiang Yuhui clocked a 3:50.35, while Brazil's Lucas Kanieksi finished with a 3:50.48 for first and second in qualifying. Brazil's Matheus Ribeiro (3:51.46) and Leonardo Fim (3:51.74) placed third and fourth.
Brazil's Marcus Botega (3:51.93), Brazil's Armando Negreiros (3:53.15), Argentina's Martin Naidich (3:53.72) and Japan's Kenichi Doki (3:54.16) earned the rest of the lanes in the championship heat.
Women's 50 free
The Netherlands' Hinkelien Schreuder posted the swiftest time with a 24.75, moving into fourth in the early world rankings. Brazil's Flavia Delaroli took second in 24.89, while Sweden's Therese Alshammar placed third in 24.90 – both times among the top 10 in the early rankings.
Brazil's Julyana Kury (25.37), Tatiana Lemos Barbosa (25.42) and Renata Burgos (25.44) qualified fourth through sixth, while Argentina's Manuela Morano (25.82) and Brazil's Graciele Hermann (25.86) picked up the last two spots in finals.
Men's 200 breast
Japan's Kazuki Otsuka (2:06.87) and Brazil's Tales Cerdeira (2:06.95) both cleared 2:07 for the top two spots in the finale. They joined just two other swimmers under 2:07 in the early part of the short course season: Christian Sprenger (2:06.47) and Brenton Rickard (2:06.77).
Brazil's Henrique Barbosa (2:07.90), Germany's Marco Koch (2:11.43), Brazil's Gabriel Souza (2:11.72), Brazil's Diego Santos (2:13.67), Indonesia's Indra Gunawan (2:16.51) and Brazil's Thiago Santos (2:19.64) made up the other spots in the finale.
Men's 100 IM
Brazil picked up the top three spots in the sprint medley. Henrique Barbosa (53.99), Diogo Yabe (55.07) and Fernando Silva (55.15) touched first through third.
Colombia's Omar Pinzon qualified fourth in 55.44, while Brazil's Thiago Pereira (55.57), Thiago Sickert (55.76), Gabriel Mangabeira (56.53) and Nelson Silva (56.75) touched fifth through eighth.
Women's 200 back
Japan's Miyuki Takemura led the way with a 2:11.64, while Germany's Jenny Mensing took second in 2:12.45. Sweden's Therese Svendsen qualified third in 2:13.07.
Brazil's Fabiola Molina (2:18.15), Giseli Pereira (2:18.40), Fernanda Alvarenga (2:18.58) and Ana Carolina Azambuja (2:23.75) qualified fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth. Song Yang wound up seventh in 2:19.44.
Men's 50 fly
Brazil's Glauber Henrique Silva (23.22), Germany's Steffen Deibler (23.24) and Brazil's Nicholas Santos (23.28) posted the second, third and fourth fastest times in the early world rankings in the sprint fly. Geoff Huegill owns the top-ranked time with a 22.95 from July.
Brazil's Frederico Castro (24.17), Colombia's Omar Pinzon (24.24), Russia's Nikolay Skvortsov (24.27), Russia's Vladislav Seryy (24.36) and Brazil's Pedro Domingos (24.55) qualified fourth through eighth.