South American Championships: Cesar Cielo Triples, Posts Pair of Top-Ranked Time

South American Championships: Cesar Cielo Triples, Posts Pair of Top-Ranked Times; Felipe Silva, Thiago Pereira Also Strong -- March 18, 2012

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BELEM, Brazil, March 18. THE South American Championships featured plenty of world-class times during the four-day long course meter format competition.

Brazil's Cesar Cielo clocked a meet record of 23.26 in the men's 50 fly, jumping to the top of the world rankings in the process. That swim bested the 23.51 clocked by Matt Targett in Australia in January. Cielo triumphed again in the men's 50 free with another top-ranked time of 21.85. That effort bettered the 21.94 clocked by Nathan Adrian at the Austin Grand Prix in January. Bruno Fratus of Brazil placed second in 22.13 to take seventh in the rankings. Cielo lost a bit of steam in the men's 100 free with a 48.70, still enough to pull him to sixth in the world rankings.

Felipe Silva touched in a meet-record 1:00.76 to win the men's 100 breast, improving to 11th in the world. He then threw down the top-ranked men's 50 breast in the world with a 27.39. That swim smashed the 27.62 set by Hendrik Feldwehr earlier in the month. Joao Luiz Gomes Jr. placed second in 28.03 to earn 10th in the world, while Colombia's Jorge Murillo took third in 28.16.

Brazil's Thiago Pereira snatched the men's 100 back crown in 55.29. He then skyrocketed to third in the world rankings in the men's 200 IM with a 1:58.49. That swim put him behind only Joseph Roebuck (1:58.16) and James Goddard (1:58.42) in the world, and ahead of Michael Phelps (1:58.52). Pereira also won the men's 400 IM in 4:24.49.

Brazil's Joanna Maranhao topped the women's 200 IM in a meet-record 2:16.76. Maranhao doubled up with a 4:41.39 in the women's 400 IM to move to 14th in the world rankings. Her third title came by way of a 2:11.03 in the women's 200 fly.

Colombia's Carolina Colorado checked in with a meet-record 26.74 in the women's 50 fly. That swim jumped her to 18th in the rankings. She earned a second title with a 2:16.99 in the women's 200 back, before tripling with a 1:02.57 to win the women's 100 back.

Venezuela's Andreina Pinto claimed the women's 400 free title in 4:10.24, downing the meet record, while Brazil's Manuella Lyrio touched in 4:12.14 to set a Brazilian record. Pinto doubled up with an 8:33.80 to win the women's 800 free, and move to 15th in the world rankings.

Brazil's Ana Carvalho won the women's 50 breast in a meet-record 31.89, moving to 12th in the world rankings. She then took home the women's 100 breast in 1:10.93.

Argentina's Juan Martin Pereira earned the men's 800 free title in 8:03.23, setting a meet record and taking 10th in the world rankings. Brazil's Lucas Kanieski finished second in 8:04.63 for 14th in the rankings. Kanieski returned in the men's 1500 free with a winning 15:28.23.

Argentina's Cecilia Biagolli turned in a 16:40.24 to win the women's 1500 free and move to 10th in the world rankings. Meanwhile, Brazil's Etiene Medeiros won the women's 50 back in 28.79, moving to 10th in the world rankings.

Brazil's Daniel Orzechowski won the men's 50 back title in 25.56 for 15th in the rankings. Argentina's Federico Grabich placed second in 25.62 for 20th in the rankings. Additionally, Brazil's Glauber Silva claimed the men's 100 fly crown in 52.80, moving to 16th in the rankings. Venezuela's Albert Subirats placed second in 52.96 for 21st in the rankings.

Colombia's Omar Pinzon finished the men's 200 back in a meet-record 1:59.67, taking 19th in the world rankings. Brazil's Kaio Almeida topped the men's 200 fly in a meet-record 1:58.15, taking 20th in the world rankings in the process. Compatriot Leonardo de Deus placed second in 1:58.38 for 23rd in the rankings.

Brazil's Daynara De Paula captured the women's 100 fly title in 59.30, while Paraguay's Ben Hockin earned the men's 200 free title in a meet-record 1:48.57. Argentina's Martin Naidich captured the men's 400 free title in a meet-record 3:52.17.

Brazil's Tatiana Lemos touched out Venezuela's Arlene Semeco, 56.74 to 56.77, for the women's 100 free crown. Semeco responded with a triumphant 25.21 in the women's 50 free to move to 14th in the world. Brazil's Graciele Hermann took second in 25.31 for 22nd.

Argentina's Julia Sebastian topped the women's 200 breast in a meet-record 2:31.59, while Brazil's Manuella Lyrio earned the women's 200 free title in 2:00.58. Colombia's Jorge Murillo captured the men's 200 breast title in 2:14.88.

In relay action, Larissa Oliveira, Manuella Lyrio, Tatiana Lemos and Joanna Maranhao won the women's 800 free in 8:11.60, while Crox Acuna, Daniele Tirabassi, Marco Lavado and Cristian Quintero claimed the men's 800 free relay in 7:27.35.

Thiago Pereira, Felipe Silva, Kaio Almeida and Cesar Cielo won the men's 400 medley relay in 3:40.34, while Tatiana Lemos, Graciele Hermann, Daynara de Paula and Larissa Oliveira earned the women's 400 free relay in 3:45.03.

Etiene Medeiros, Ana Carvalho, Daynara de Paula and Larissa Oliveira topped the women's 400 medley relay in 4:10.50, while Glauber Silva, Bruno Fratus, Cesar Cielo and Henrique Rodrigues won the men's 400 free relay to close the meet with a 3:20.07.

Results: South American Championships

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