Henrique Rodrigues Among Top Qualifiers For Day 5 Of Maria Lenk Trophy Championships

Jul 18, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Henrique Rodrigues of Brazil competes in the men's swimming 200m individual medley preliminary heats during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Aquatics UTS Centre and Field House. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
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The second to last day of the 2016 Maria Lenk Trophy Open Championships continued with Henrique Rodrigues delivering the top prelims time in the 200 IM.

Larissa Oliveira, the former Brazilian record-holder, led the women’s 100 free prelims with a time of 54.53. That time stands as the second all-time fastest for Brazil. Despite being the first to the turn, Etiene Medeiros could not hold on to lead, finishing with a time of 54.67.

Posting third was Daynara Ferreira with a time of 55.02, while Manuella Lyrio was fourth with a 55.30. Joining them in the top eight will also be Luana Ribeiro (55.57), Gracielle Herrman (55.93), Daiene Dias (55.99), and China’s Liuyuxin Li (56.05).

The men’s 200-meter back saw Guilherme Guido, the winner of the 100 back, topping the qualifiers list with a 1:59.92. Currently his is the only time under the 2-minute mark. Nathan Bighetti grabbed the second place seed with a time of 2:00.54, just ahead of Leonardo Santos’ 2:00.93.

A trio of 2:02’s followed by Fabio Santi (2:02.14), Andre Dos (2:02.81), and Leonardo de Deus (2:02.95). Rounding out the top eight was Fernando Pires (2:04.13) and Rodrigo Quadros (2:04.51).

No FINA ‘A’ time standards were met in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke, with international swimmers claiming 5 out of the top 8 spots. Leading the qualifiers was Japan’s Sae Saito who returns as the top seed with a 2:30.37. Posting the second fastest time of the morning was Argentina’s Julie Sebastian with a 2:31.92.

The fastest Brazilian of the morning was Pamela Souza, who stopped the clock at a 2:32.56. Slovakia’s Andrea Podmanikova (2:33.98) and Argentia’s Macarena Ceballos (2:34.97) grabbed fourth and fifth respectively.

China’s Minjie Sun (2:35.35), Brazil’s Lorena Barreira (2:35.79), and Brazil’s Thamy Ventorin (2:36.21) rounded out the top eight in the women’s 200 breast.

The final race of the morning was the men’s 200-meter IM where Henrique Rodrigues cranked out the best time of the morning with a 2:02.13. That time stands far off of Rodrigues’ Brazil Open finish of 1:58.26, good for an ‘A’ qualification to Rio. Thiago Pereira, who also posted a fast time at the Brazil Open with a 1:58.32, finished third this morning with a 2:03.46.

Gabriel Ogawa posted the second fastest time of the morning with a 2:02.88, while Leonardo Santos grabbed fourth with a time of 2:03.90.

Caio Pumputis (2:04.05), Japan’s Juan Mizohato (2:05.16), Conrado Lino (2:05.26), and Japan’s Kakeru Murata (2:05.70) rounded out the top eight.

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