Adriel Sanes Gains Olympic B Cut in 200 Breast at UANA Qualifier Time Trial

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Adriel Sanes; Photo Courtesy: University of Denver Athletics

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Adriel Sanes made his third shot at the 200 breaststroke Olympic qualifying standard time count, earning a provisional standard in the event Sunday night at the UANA Qualifier.

Sanes had won the 200 breast event on Saturday, his time of 2:14.45 an improvement of nearly two seconds on his entry time. But he was still .19 seconds away from the Olympic B cut. The U.S. Virgin Islands swimmer made up that gap and more in a post-meet time trial, going 2:12.59 to earn the consideration time.

Sanes competed for four years at the University of Denver and will grad-transfer to Auburn.

The meet at the Orlando Health National Training Center is an opportunity for swimmers primarily from South and Central America and the Caribbean to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Some American swimmers, particularly those that train in Florida, are also racing there.

Sanes’ swim was the only new B cut of the fourth and final day of the meet.

Both of the winners of the 200 butterfly had already booked B cuts. Maria Jose Mata Cocco won in 2:10.37, faster than her seed time to improve her B cut. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz won the men’s race in 1:58.76, with countryman Jose Martinez second in 1:59.47, also a B cut.

Yeziel Morales’ winning time in the 200 backstroke, 2:00.90, was slower than a B cut he had already achieved. Celina Marquez fell 0.69 seconds shy of the standard with her winning time of 2:14.99.

Neither of the winning times in the 100 freestyle – Madelyn Moore in 56.57 on the women’s side; Miguel Eduardo Rojas Newman in 54.57 on the men’s – hit the B cut.

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