Joanna Maranhao Among Day 2 Winners at 2017 Brazilian National Championships

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Day two finals of the 2017 Brazilian National Championships, also known as the Maria Lenk Trophy meet, saw multiple athletes earning tickets to this summer’s World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Women’s 100 Back

Andrea Berrino turned up the speed in finals of the women’s 100 back, moving from her third place seed to a first place finish. Berrino stopped the clock at a 1:01.56, nearly two seconds faster than her prelims time of 1:03.36.

Fernanda Goeij maintained her spot at second, slashing .92 seconds off her prelims time to finish with a 1:02.04, while Natalia de Luccas slipped to third with a 1:02.46.

All three athletes finished beneath the FINA ‘B’ standard of 1:02.73, however, only one ‘B’ qualifying time is allowed per event per country, placing Berrino at the top of that list.

Men’s 100 Back

Guilherme Guido continued to reign atop the men’s 100 back in finals, adding a slim .06 seconds to his prelims time of 53.78. Guido stopped the clock at a 53.84 for the gold, and with the FINA ‘A’ cut set at a 54.06 he has qualified himself for Brazil’s World Championships team.

Guildherme Dias Masse finished second overall with a 54.78, improving upon his prelims swim of 55.24, while Nathan Bighetti was third with a 54.93. Both swimmers finished below the FINA ‘B’ cut of 55.95.

Women’s 200 IM

Joanna Maranhao arrived at finals of the women’s 200 IM ready to race. After qualifying a close second in prelims, the Brazilian National Record holder turned up the heat in finals to dash past her qualifying time of 2:18.40 to settle at a 2:13.32. In doing so, Maranhao succeeded in edging past the FINA ‘A’ cut of 2:13.41 and qualifying for the World Championships.

Gabrielle Goncalves continued the large time drops with a second place finish of 2:16.22, slashing 4.94 seconds off her prelims swim of 2:21.16. Virginia Bardach Martin maintained her spot at third with a 2:16.96 showing. Both swimmers were beneath the FINA ‘B’ cut of 2:18.08.

Men’s 200 IM

Thiago Teixeira Simon continued to reign over the men’s 200 IM in finals, turning in a final time of 1:59.49 to be the only athlete beneath the two minute mark. Simon’s time also edged past the FINA ‘A’ cut of 2:00.22, earning him a spot on Brazil’s World Championships roster.

Brandonn Pierry Cruz finished second overall with a 2:00.95, finishing just ahead of Vinicius Lanza and his time of 2:00.97. Both athletes were beneath the FINA ‘B’ cut of 2:04.43.

Women’s 1500 Free

Viviane Eichelberger soared ahead of the competition in the women’s 1500 free final, finishing more than 15 seconds ahead of the competition with a 16:27.57. Eichelberger’s time qualifies her for Brazil’s World Championships team as she swam several seconds beneath the FINA ‘A’ cut of 16:32.04.

Poliana Okimoto finished second overall with a time of 16:43.35, followed by Ana Marcela’s 16:48.86.

Men’s 800 Free

The men’s 800 free was a tight field in finals as the top three finishers touched within two seconds of each other. Lucas Kanieski led the charge with a final time of 7:58.85, landing below the FINA ‘B’ cut of 8:10.91. With one ‘B’ cut entry allowed per event Kanieski will likely travel to Worlds this summer.

Miguel Valente turned in a second place finish of 7:59.92, followed closely by Diogo Villarinho’s 8:00.42.

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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