The 2017 Brazilian National Championships, also known as the Maria Lenk Trophy Meet, continued with top showing in prelims of day two. Guilherme Guido entered the world rankings for the men’s 100 back, while Natalia Almeida and Joanna Marahao set themselves up for a showdown in the women’s 200 IM.
Women’s 100 Back
Natalia de Luccas topped the prelims field of the women’s 100 back at day two of the Championships. De Luccas turned in a top time of 1:02.50 to lead the field into tonight’s finals.
Fernanda Goeij grabbed the second place seed with a time of 1:02.96, followed by Andrea Eliana Berrino’s third place qualifying time of 1:03.36.
Brazilian National Record holder Etiene Medeiros did not swim the event in prelims.
Men’s 100 Back
Guilherme Augusto Guido, the Brazilian National Record holder, posted the fastest time in prelims of the men’s 100 back at a 53.78. His time moves him into the top ten world rankings for 2017. Guido’s time sits well beneath the FINA ‘A’ qualifying standard of 54.06, but he will need to remain below that standard and clock the first or second place time in finals to qualify for the World Championships.
Nathan Bighetti grabbed second in prelims with a 54.95, while Guilherme Dias Masse qualified third overall with a 55.24.
Women’s 200 IM
Natalia Almeida and Joanna Marahao delivered close qualifying times in prelims of the women’s 200 IM, stopping the clock .04 seconds apart. Almeida claimed the top seed with a 2:18.36, relying on a strong back-half, while Maranhao touched with a 2:18.40.
Picking up the third top time was Virginia Bardach Martin, who delivered a 2:19.24 in prelims.
Maranhao holds the Brazilian National Record at a 2:12.12, while the FINA ‘A’ standard is a 2:13.41.
Men’s 200 IM
Thiago Teixeira Simon turned in the top time in the men’s 200 IM, posting a 2:01.93 for the top seed.
Vinicius Lanza grabbed the second seed with a 2:02.07, followed closely by Evandro Vinicius Silva’s 2:02.57. All three athletes finished well beneath the FINA ‘B’ cut of 2:04.43, but will aim for the FINA ‘A’ cut of 2:00.22.