Fernando Scheffer, Guilherme Basseto Take National Titles & FINA A Standards at Brazilian Trials

Fernando Scheffer
Photo Courtesy: Mike Lewis / ISL

The Brazilian Swimming Olympic Trials continued Tuesday from Rio de Janeiro as four more swimmers qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by getting under the FINA A standard.


Fernando Scheffer and Breno Correia both achieved the FINA A standard in the 200 freestyle with Scheffer winning at 1:46.28 to Correia’s 1:46.72, as Louisville commit Murilo Sartori, who was third at World Juniors in 2019, was third at 1:47.33. Luiz Melo finished in fourth to complete Brazil’s 4×200 free relay outline with a 1:48.02. The Brazilians reached the final of the 4×200 free at the 2019 Worlds and have an outside shot at a medal, which would mark the country’s first relay medal in swimming since the bronze in the 2000 Olympics in the 4×100 free.

Scheffer is now 12th in the world for 2021.

Guilherme Basseto won the 100 backstroke with a 53.84, just getting under the 53.85 A standard that Brazil is using in selecting its team. Basseto finished ahead of Guilherme Guido (53.85) who tied the standard. Basseto is 14th in the world this year with his swim tonight.

Etiene Medeiros missed the Olympic standard in the women’s 100 back as she won with a 1:01.37, off the 1:00.25 standard for Tokyo. Medeiros has medaled at the last three Worlds in the 50 back.

In the women’s 100 breast, Jhennifer Conceicao won with a 1:08.08, slower than the 1:07.07 A standard while Gabrielle Goncalves won the 400 free with a 4:10.88, which was slower than the 4:07.90 cut.

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