RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, April 23. THE second day of long course finals competition at the Maria Lenk Trophy meet — serving as Brazil's swimming world championship trials — featured epic battles in the men's 200 breaststroke and 100 butterfly, though no new names were added to the world championship roster.
For many years, three names traded spots at the top of the Brazilian rankings in the 200 breast: Henrique Barbosa, Tales Cerdeira and Felipe Lima. But recently, a fourth swimmer has joined the party. Gabriel Souza won the equivalent of Brazil's short course nationals last year, and today added his first long course title to his growing list of accomplishments. Souza, who trains in Florida at the Davie Nadadores with Lima, touched first with a 2:13.42. Barbosa, the national record holder at 2:08.44, placed a close second with a 2:13.48, and Cerdeira was third with a 2:13.54. Lima was fourth in 2:14.47. None of the swimmers got under the FINA automatic qualifying time of 2:12.78 tonight, but Cerdeira got close to that cut in prelims with a 2:12.87, while Barbosa posted a 2:13.24 in prelims.
Individual medley specialist Thiago Pereira emerged victorious in a close three-way battle for the 100 butterfly title, winning with a 53.11, off the FINA cut of 52.57 and slower than his prelim swim of 52.96. Arthur Mendes placed second with a 53.14 and Kaio Almeida was third with a 53.17.
Argentina's Martin Naidich won the men's 1500 freestyle with a 15:10.24, under the FINA A cut of 15:14.38 and also breaking the South American record of 15:12.69 held by Brazilian Luiz Rog?rio Arapiraca. Another Argentinian, Juan Pereyra, was second with a 15:19.87, while Brazilian Luiz Arapiraca placed third with a 15:22.95.
In women's competition, Julia Sebastian won the 200 breaststroke in 2:31.79, with Pamela Souza (2:32.99) and Juliana Marin (2:33.99) placing second and third, respectively.
Inge Dekker of the Netherlands outswam Daynara Paula in the women's 100 butterfly final, 59.12 to 59.61. Daniele Jesus was second with a 1:00.04.