Sebastian, Pigniatiello, Bardach, And Grassi Make Up 2020 Argentine OLY Squad


As confirmed by the official Tokyo 2020 entry listing, 3 ladies and 1 man will characterize Argentina on the Olympic Video games this summer time. On the ladies’s aspect, Julia Sebastian, Delfina Pignatiello, and Virginia Bardach Martin will characterize the nation whereas Santiago Grassi would be the sole entrant for the boys.

All of Argentina’s 2020 Olympians except for Pignatiello shall be making a return to the Video games 5 years after racing in Tokyo.

Bardach will solely be racing the ladies’s 400 IM which is 2 occasions lower than what she swam in 2016. In Rio, Bardach contest the 200 and 400 IM together with the 200 butterfly. Her highest end got here within the butterfly when she hit a 2:13.58 for twenty sixth place total. Within the 200 IM, she swam a 2:17.94 for thirty seventh and within the 400 IM, she was a 4:49.69 for thirty first.

Her entry time for Tokyo is kind of a bit quicker than what she swam 5 years in the past, sitting at a 4:41.05. She swam that point again in 2019 on the Pan American Video games in Lima Peru which was ok for a silver medal. Notably, Bardach holds the Argentine nationwide report in each the 200 butterfly (2:10.80) and 200 IM (2:13.46) however not the 400 IM. The present nationwide report holder within the occasion is definitely Virginia Bardach‘s sister Georgina who swam a 4:37.51 on the 2004 Olympics. That swim for Bardach was fast sufficient for a bronze medal on the 2004 Video games.

Not like Bardach, Julia Sebastian shall be swimming extra occasions in Tokyo than she did in Rio. Sebastian is entered to race each the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, in comparison with her final Olympic look the place she solely raced the 200. In Rio, she positioned twenty first total with a 2:27.98, and this 12 months she’s going to enter with a 2:24.92 within the occasion. That point for Sebastian is a nationwide report within the occasion which she set on the 2019 Maria Lenk Trophy in Brazil.

Sebastian’s 100 breaststroke entry time can be an Argentine report, sitting at a 1:06.98 which she threw down through the heats of the occasion on the 2019 Pan American Video games. She went on to win silver within the occasion with a 1:07.09 to Annie Lazor’s 1:06.94.

Santiago Grassi can be set to race extra occasions this 12 months than he did 5 years in the past as he’s including the 50 freestyle to his lineup, having solely raced the 100 fly in Rio. Grassi holds the 100 butterfly nationwide report for Argentina at a 51.88 which he posted on the 2019 Richard Fast Invitational. That point is a bit faster than the 52.56 he swam on the 2016 Olympics for twenty fourth total.

Grassi’s entry time and PB within the 50 freestyle is a 22.28 which he swam on the 2019 Pan American Video games for sixth place within the remaining. That point for Grassi is a bit slower than the 22.18 nationwide report held by José Martín Meolans from again in 2008.

Delfina Pignatiello would be the sole Argentine swimmer making her Olympic debut in Tokyo and shall be swimming probably the most occasions out of anybody on the roster. Pignatiello is entered to swim the 400, 800, and 1500 freestyle triple because the nationwide report holder in all 3 of these occasions.

Pignatiello went on a record-setting tear again in 2019 when she tied Nadia Colovini’s 2009 mark of two:00.09 within the 200 freestyle after which went on to convey the 400 report to a 4:06.61, the 800 to an 8:24.33, and the 1500 to a 15:51.68. In 2019 Pignatiello had a powerful displaying on the Pan American Video games when she swept the gap freestyle podiums. Pignatiello gained gold within the 400, 800, and 1500 freestyles with respective occasions of 4:10.86, 8:29.42, and 16:16.54.

Argentina has collected a complete of three Olympic medals in swimming together with Georgina’s 400 IM bronze again in 2004. Along with that bronze, Alberto Zorilla gained gold within the males’s 400 freestyle again in 1928, and Jeannette Campbell took silver within the ladies’s 100 freestyle in 1936.


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