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2020 Swammy Awards: South American Male Swimmer of the 12 months Nicholas Santos


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2020 South American Male Swimmer of the 12 months: Nicholas Santos, Brazil

Even at age 40, Nicholas Santos continues to get it carried out within the 50 fly.

16 years faraway from his first-ever World Championships medal (a 50 free bronze at Brief Course Worlds in 2004), Santos stays one of many foremost butterfly speedsters on the planet.

He received Four of his 5 meets within the 50 fly, besting elite swimmers like Caeleb Dressel, Andriy Govorov and Chad le Clos. However whereas it might have been comprehensible for a 40-year-old veteran to focus solely on the 50 fly, Santos stepped as much as pull his weight for Staff Iron within the busy ISL format.

He swam the 50 fly, 100 fly, and two relays in each regular-season meet, placing up key 100 free and 100 fly splits. His regular-season finale 21.78 within the 50 fly shattered the ISL’s report and completed the season because the #1 swim on the earth for the brief course meter occasion. That swim was simply .03 seconds away from Santos’ personal world report, set in 2018.

Right here’s a take a look at all of his ISL swims throughout the busy season of competitors:

50 fly 100 fly 50 fly (skins) 100 free (break up) 100 fly (break up)
Match #2 22.38 50.77 47.05 & 47.89 51.06
Match #4 22.30 50.76 47.33 50.48
Match #7 22.04 50.18 48.74 51.33
Match #9 21.78 49.87 22.44 / 23.23 48.43 51.15
Semifinal #2 21.80 49.88 49.67

Honorable Point out

In no explicit order:

  • Guilherme Guido, Brazil: Guido was an early-season hero for the London Roar, scoring 39 MVP factors within the season-opener. He received the 100 again there and in addition led two rounds of the skins whereas finishing a 1-2 sweep for London. Guido’s scoring tapered off a bit of because the season went on, however he did energy London to 3rd place general and set a South American report with a 49.40 within the 100 again.
  • Leonardo Santos, Brazil: Iron’s Leonardo Santos was one of many breakouts of the common season within the ISL. In one of many league’s most wide-open occasions, Santos dropped from 1:53.three to 1:52.06 within the 200 IM, briefly main the league and finally ending because the #4 200 IMer within the ISL for the season. He scored double-digit factors in all 5 of his meets, together with 4 20+ level efforts.