The Portuguese national swimming team will be present at the European Aquatics Championships, taking place in Budapest May 17-23, with 16 athletes.
The Portuguese team traveling to the Hungarian capital is made up of swimmers Catarina Monteiro, Diana Durães, Francisca Martins, Rafaela Azevedo, Raquel Pereira, Rita Frischknecht, Tamila Holub, Victoria Kaminskaya, Aléxis Santos, Diogo Carvalho, Francisco Quintas, Francisco Santos, João Costa, José Paulo Lopes, Miguel Nascimento and Tomás Veloso.
The national team is led by the National Technical Director, José Machado, and guest coaches Carlos Cruchinho, Fábio Pereira, Luís Cameira, Miguel Frischknecht and Ricardo Santos. The entourage is also composed of Daniel Moedas and the Portuguese Swimming Federation's Doctor, Rui Escalera. Portugal will be represented by eight female athletes and as many male athletes.
The competition scheduled for the Hungarian capital was postponed in 2020 after the pandemic by COVID-19 changed the sport's competitive calendar.
In action for Portugal will be several athletes who are still trying to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, postponed to this summer, as well as the quintet already qualified: Alexis Santos and Gabriel Lopes, in the 200 meters style, Catarina Monteiro, in the 200 meters, and Diana Durães and Tamila Holub, in the 1 500 meters freestyle.
World and European records in Adapted Swimming
Let's take advantage of the tide to talk about adapted swimming: Portuguese athletes delivered outstanding marks at the end of April. João Vaz, from Sporting Clube de Portugal, swam the 200-meter breaststroke in 3:10.30 and achieved a new World Record DSISO Master 1, taking more than three seconds from the previous mark of 3:13.10. With this time, the European record DSISO OPEN and the National Record S21 fell simultaneously.
In the 100 meters styles, the Sporting Club Portugal swimmer pulverized the previous European Record DSISO Masters 1, which was at 1:35.92, and the National Record S21 at 1:26.38 when he finished at 1:24.51.
João Vaz also swam the 400 meters styles in 6:27.22 and got a new European Record DSISO Master 1. The previous mark of 6:27.83 also belonged to him. With this time, the National Record in the S21 class was also broken. Another new maximum imposed by the swimmer was the National Record in the 100 meters breaststroke, at 1:29.96.
Vicente Barros Pereira also shone swimming the 50 meters freestyle at 33.13, setting a new European Record DSIDO Júnior. The swimmer also set the European DSISO Junior Record by swimming the 50 meters butterfly at 34.89, removing 2.19 seconds.
Finally, André Reis Almeida swam the 400 meters freestyle at 6:03.58, a mark that constitutes a new National Record for the S21 class.
Portugal: excellent conditions for swimming training
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