Felipe Silva, Etiene Medeiros Set South American Records at Jose Finkel Trophy Prelims

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

GUARATINGUETA, Brazil, September 4. THE prelims were on fire today at the short course Jose Finkel Trophy meet in Brazil.

Felipe Franca kicked off qualifying with a sizzling 56.25 in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, setting the South American, Brazilian and meet records. His time would have put him at the top of the world a year ago in the short course rankings, ahead of Yasuhiro Koseki’s 56.34 from the Japan Short Course Championships. Felipe Lima (57.99) and Joao Gomes Jr. (58.84) took second and third.

Etiene Medeiros closed out the morning with a 26.58 in the women’s 50-meter back to set the South American and Brazilian records in the sprint backstroke. Her time would have ranked her fifth in the world a year ago. Natalie De Luccas finished second in prelims with a 28.20.

The Netherlands’ Moniek Nijhuis, one of the European mercenaries helping score team points here in Brazil, topped qualifying in the women’s 100-meter breast with a 1:06.03. She has a lot more in the tank as well with her top time a year ago coming by way of a 1:04.92 on the FINA World Cup circuit. Ana Carvalho finished second in 1:07.45 and could challenge Tatiane Sakemi’s South American record of 1:06.49 tonight.

Leonardo De Deus led the men’s 200-meter fly in 1:53.11, clearing the selection time for the short course Worlds roster, while Lucas Salatta placed second this morning in 1:54.12. Daiene Dias led the women’s 200-metre fly in 2:10.92 with Giovanna Tomanik placing second in 2:12.52.