Felipe Lima, Guilherme Costa Achieve FINA A Standards on Night One of Brazilian Olympic Trials

Photo Courtesy: Mine Kasapoglu / ISL

The Brazilian Swimming Championships opened Monday from Rio de Janeiro as two swimmers achieved the desired FINA A standard to qualify for the Olympic Games.


Guilherme Costa was the first official qualifier with a 3:45.85 in the 400 freestyle, which put him eighth in the world rankings this year. He was under the 3:46.78 standard as Fernando Scheffer finished in second at 3:47.77. The swim was a new South American record for Costa, who set the previous record at 3:46.57 from the 2019 US Open. Costa, 22, qualified for his first Olympic team.

Felipe Lima was the other to achieve an A standard as he won the 100 breast at 59.43, ahead of the 59.93 desired time. Joao Gomes finished in second at 1:00.15 ahead of Georgia Tech senior Caio Pumputis (1:00.25). This would be Lima’s second trip to the Games after finishing 13th in the 100 breast in 2012 and missing the 2016 team in Rio.

Brandonn Almeida just missed the standard in the 400 IM with a 4:16.49 as 4:15.84 was the benchmark to achieve. Leonardo Santos finished in second at 4:18.07.

On the women’s side, Giovanna Diamante won the 100 fly at 59.03, beating veteran Daynara de Paula (59.41) in the process as 57.92 was the time to make it to Tokyo. Gabrielle Goncalves won the 400 IM with a 4:45.51, off the 4:38.53 Olympic standard.

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