Caio Pumputis & Vini Lanza Hit 200 IM FINA A Standard; Costa Makes Third Event at Brazilian Nationals

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Caio Pumputis and Vini Lanza each reached the FINA A standard in the 200 IM on Friday at the Brazilian Nationals in Rio de Janeiro as Pumputis, who swims at Georgia Tech, won at 1:58.53 which is 13th in the world. Lanza, who swims in the US at Indiana, was second at 1:59.58 as both of them got under the 1:59.67 A standard.

Pumputis won the 200 breast but missed the A standard earlier in the meet, while Lanza missed the final of the 200 butterfly during the competition, so this race was a redemption for both of them.

“I didn’t have a very good 200m breaststroke, but I was able to find the strength to take advantage of this opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games. It is a dream come true. I know I have a lot to improve and I am sure that in Tokyo I will be better,” said Caio Pumputis.

Guilherme Costa qualified for his third event with a 14:59.21 in the 1500 freestyle as he was under the 15:00.99 cut. Costa already won the national titles in the 400 and 800 freestyle as this will be his third event for Tokyo in his first trip to the Olympic Games. Costa put himself ninth in the world rankings.

Larissa Oliveira just missed the 100 freestyle A cut with a 54.39 as the FINA A standard was a 54.38. This is Oliveira’s second title of the week after winning the 200 free but she has not been under the FINA A standard yet. Ana Vieira (54.89), Stephanie Balduccini (55.06) and Etiene Medeiros (55.24) rounded out the top four as a potential 4×100 free relay could be in the works for the Olympics.

Leonardo de Deus, who is already on the team in the 200 fly, won the 200 back at 1:58.74, off the 1:57.50 standard as Indiana’s Gabriel Fantoni (2:02.34) was second. Gabrielle da Silva won the 200 breast at 2:29.65 as a 2:25.52 was what was needed for the Olympics.

Men’s Qualifiers:

  • Luiz Altamir – 4x200m freestyle relay
  • Guilherme Basseto – 100m backstroke and 4x100m medley relay
  • Marcelo Chierighini – 4x100m freestyle relay
  • Breno Correia – 200m freestyle and 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays
  • Guilherme Costa – 400m, 800m freestyle and 1500m freestyle
  • Leonardo de Deus – 200m butterfly
  • Guilherme Guido – 100m backstroke
  • Vinicius Lanza – 200m medley
  • Felipe Lima – 100m breaststroke and 4x100m medley relay
  • Caio Pumputis – 200m medley
  • Murilo Sartori – 4x200m freestyle relay
  • Fernando Scheffer – 200m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay
  • Pedro Spajari – 100m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle relay

Women’s Qualifiers:

  • Beatriz Dizotti – 1500m freestyle
  • Betina Lorscheitter – 1500m freestyle
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