2019 Brazil Trophy Day Five: Etiene Medeiros Drops World-Leading 50 Backstroke

Jul 17, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Etiene Medeiros of Brazil celebrates after winning the women's 100m backstroke final 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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Etiene Medeiros led the fourth night of the 2019 Brazil Trophy with a World-leading 50 backstroke time of 27.36. The meet continued in Rio de Janeiro, with finals of the men’s and women’s 200 IM, 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke and the women’s 400 freestyle.


Ilaria Cucinato of Italy dominated the women’s 200 IM in 2:13.96, off the FINA ‘A’ standard of 2:09.21. Her season-best 2:11.89 ranks eighteenth in the world so far this year. She was followed by Argentina’s Florencia Perotti in 2:15.37 and Brazil’s Gabrielle Goncalves Roncatto (2:15.96).

Caio Pumputis climbed the world rankings to eighth in the men’s race after dropping a big 1:57.70. His teammates Leonardo Santos (1:59.56) and Gabriel Ogawa (1:59.92) also snuck under FINA’s ‘A’ cut with big time drops.

Daiene Dias, also of Brazil, took the 50 butterfly title in 26.31 seconds. She dipped under the ‘A’ cut by three one hundredths of a second and jumped to twenty-second in the world this year. Giovanna Diamante and Luanna Martins De Oliveira tied for second in 26.65. Top-seeded Mallory Comerford of the United States took fifth in 26.73.

Nicholas Santos kept the fast racing going, blasting a 22.77 butterfly for the title. The swim ranks second in the world this year, only behind Russia’s Oleg Kostin (22.74). It was also just thirteen one hundredths off Santos’ Brazilian National Record in the event. Gabriel Santos (23.43) and Vini Lanza (23.51) rounded out the podium. They both dropped ‘A’ cuts and surged into the top fifteen of the world rankings.

National-record-holder Etiene Medeiros cranked out a 50 backstroke in similar fashion to Santos. She posted a 27.36, good enough for the fastest time in the world this year. Her Brazilian record stands at 27.14 from 2017’s World Championships. Andrea Berrino was second (28.59) and Erika Goncalves was third (28.77).

Guilherme Guido stole the men’s race in 24.94 – the sixth-best performance of 2019 so far. Gabriel Fantoni, whose 24.90 from the preliminaries ranks fifth, ultimately took third in 25.12. Guilherme Basseto split the men in 24.99, putting him tenth in the world. All three men were ahead of the FINA’s standard.

Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello raced to a 4:09.22 for the 400 freestyle victory. The swim was less than one second off her National Record set at 2017’s World Junior Championships. Viviane Jungblut was second in 4:13.28 while Aline Rodrigues was third in 4:13.68.

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