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Breaststroke - Carlos Almeida
While representing Louisville, Carlos won the 2012 NCAA Championship in the 200 yard breaststroke with a 1:51.88. The fourth fastest time in history. Carlos will be representing Portugal in the London Olympics.
A member of Portugal's national team, Carlos broke the Portuguese national record for the 100-meter breaststroke in the first day of competition in the 14th FINA World Swimming Championship in Shanghai, China.
The BIG EAST champion and former Portuguese Olympian established a mark of 1:02.13. Almeida had a monster year for the Cards in 2010-11. He competed in the NCAA Championships in the 200-IM and 100-breast and as the second leg of the 400-medley relay. The 400-medley team advanced to the NCAA finals. He became the highest U of L finisher ever at the NCAA finals and also set a school record when he took third in the 100-breast with a time of 52.02. He also set a school record in the 200-IM with a time of 1:43.97. Carlos was named BIG EAST Swimmer of the Week on a trio of occasions during the season (Dec. 8, Jan. 26, Feb. 2). During the BIG EAST Championships, Almeida competed in the 800-free relay, the 200- and 400-IM, and the 200-breast. He was the anchor for the 800-free relay team and had the fastest split with a time of 1:36.60, which helped earn the group a first-place finish in 6:23.23. In the 200-IM, he finished first with a time of 1:46.21, and in the 400-IM, he placed second in 3:48.09. Almeida added another first-place finish in the 200-breast, clocking in at 1:54.98. He made the national B-cut in all three individual events. Almeida was a four-time All-BIG EAST performer.