Bruno Fratus Drops Out Of Short Course Worlds; Brazil Adds 12 New Names To Roster

Bruno Fratus

Photo by David Farr

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, September 23. THE Jose Finkel Trophy meet held earlier this month in Brazil was the selection meet for the country’s team attending the short course world championships in Qatar. At meet’s end, only 16 swimmers had swum faster than the qualifying standards, and the Brazilian swimming federation had announced the following names for worlds:

Cesar Cielo
Leonardo de Deus
Joao de Lucca
Bruno Fratus
Guilherme Guido
Felipe Lima
Marco Macedo
Nicolas Oliveira
Thiago Pereira
Henrique Rodrigues
Lucas Salatta
Nicholas Santos
Felipe Silva
Thiago Simon

Etiene Medeiros
Larissa Oliveira

Today, the federation added four men and eight women to the list:

Gustavo Godoy
Joao Gomes
Henrique Martins
Fernando Santos

Ana Carvalho
Jessica Cavalheiro
Daynara de Paula
Giovanna Diamante
Daiene Dias
Graciele Herrmann
Manuella Lyrio
Alessandra Marchioro

Bruno Fratus was originally set to swim the 50 free at worlds after placing second to Cielo at the Jose Finkel meet, but the federation announcement mentioned that Fratus asked to be dismissed from participating in the meet.

That lowers the chances of a Brazilian 1-2 finish in the 50 free in Qatar. Cielo comes in as the 50 free short course world champion from 2010, the year he also won the 100 free. Cielo skipped the Pan Pacific championships – where Fratus won the 50 free – in order to spend more time training for short course worlds. Young upstart Italo Duarte placed second in the 50 free final but his time was third-fastest that day behind Cielo and Duarte and slower than the automatic qualifying time. It appears the second swimmer in the men’s 50 free for Brazil will be someone already picked for the team, likely Nicholas Santos.

Most of the new swimmers on the list will travel to Qatar solely for relays. Two of them – Joao Gomes and Daiene Dias – were not among the top two in their events, but appear on the roster for worlds.

One of the coaches on the team staff is Scott Goodrich, the head coach of Mesa Aquatics in the United States and Cielo’s part-time coach since the world champion announced he was dividing his time between Brazil and the USA. Goodrich was a major part in helping Cielo rebound from two knee surgeries to double gold at last year’s long course world championships. The rest of the coaching staff all reside in Brazil: Carlos Matheus, Andre Ferreira, Marcelo Vaccari and Sergio Marques.