Brazilian Trials: Gui Caribe Earns Spot in Paris in 100 Free

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Brazilian Trials: Gui Caribe Earns Spot in Paris in 100 Free

Gui Caribe added his name to the list of Brazilians headed to the Paris Olympics after winning the 100 free Thursday night in Rio.

Caribe went 48.16 to hit the Olympic A standard Thursday night, on the fourth night of six at the Brazilian trials. That gets under the A standard of 48.34 and positions the University of Tennessee swimmers as the leader in Brazil’s 400 free relay. Veteran Marcelo Chierighini finished second in 48.41, an Olympic B cut. The 33-year-old is gunning for his fourth Olympics.

Brazil qualified a 400 free relay for Paris. Caribe and Chierighini will lead the effort to that, with a multi-step qualification process. Third in the 100 free was Gabriel Santos in 48.43, followed by Breno Correia (48.84). That leaves Pedro Spajari (48.93) on the outside looking in. Spajari and Santos swam the 100 in Tokyo.

The Brazilian women’s 400 free relay is also taken shape, albeit without an individual who has hit the A standard in the 100. Ana Carolina Vieira won the event Thursday in 54.45, well short of both the A standard of 53.61 and the B cut of 53.88. Stephanie Balduccini was second in 54.47, followed by Maria Fernanda Costa and Giovana Reis.

Elsewhere Thursday, Guilherme Costa hit the B standard in the men’s 1,500 free. He went 15:03.42, off of the A cut of 15:00.99. Costa already has his place in the 400 free in Paris.

Gabrielle Assis won the women’s 200 breaststroke in 2:26.94, well shy of Olympic qualification. Vini Lanza likewise won the men’s 200 individual medley but was shy of the cut in 2:00.06. Caio Pumputis was a tenth back, while Stephan Steverink was third.

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