|Date:||January 27, 2019|
3rd place in 200m Medley Relay (2:52): Raffaela Alencar Barros ’19, Airi Barnes '20, Valentina Alencar Barros ’22, and Olivia Garcia-Atance Arimont '22
2nd place in 50m Butterfly: Patryk Herok '20
2nd place in 200m Freestyle Relay (2:29:39): Raffaela Alencar Barros ’19, Airi Barnes '20, Valentina Alencar Barros ’22, and Olivia Garcia-Atance Arimont '22
3rd place in 200m Freestyle Relay (1:57.64): Patryk Herok '20, Lorenzo Correa da Silva '22, Marco de Cristofaro '20, and Emiliano Rodriguez Melguizo '21
Turning around just 15 minutes later, Raffaela Alencar Barros dove into the water again for the toughest event in the competition—the 200-meter freestyle. Two minutes and fifty-nine seconds later, she finished in 4th place at the championships. Not wanting to leave a question in anyone’s mind about how strong she is, Alencar Barros then jumped in the pool for a third time in 45 minutes to compete in the second most challenging event in the lineup—the 100-meter individual medley (25 meters of each of the four strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle). She was joined this time by freshman Garcia-Atance Arimont. The girls finished in 9th and 10th place overall with times of 1:32 and 1:37. Rounding off our versatile contingent of swimmers, junior veteran team member Herok put in a valiant effort in the same event—finishing in 4th place with a time of 1:10.
Moving into the sprint events, the freestylers started the Tigers off with some great results: Airi Barnes in 13th place with a time of 37.5 seconds, Valentina Alencar Barros in 16th place with a time of 40.8 seconds, and Samantha Walker '19 in 17th place with a time of 47.5 seconds.
In the same event for the boys, the following blazed across the pool: Herok in 3rd place with a time of 27.7 seconds, Correa da Silva in a tie for 6th place with a time of 29.6 seconds, and de Cristofaro in 8th place with a time of 29.8 seconds.
In the 50-meter butterfly, medley star Garcia-Atance Arimont completed the course in 45.2 seconds for 8th place while fellow medley relay team members Barnes and Pszczola took 9th and 10th with times of 50.4 and 51.3 seconds, respectively.
For the boys in the same event, Herok sped to a 2nd-place finish in 30.1 seconds (just 0.55 seconds from a gold medal), and de Cristifaro showed his strength by finishing in 34.7 seconds for 7th place.
Great job by all the swimmers. We look forward to the full squad competing in its next and final meet on March 8–9!