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Pumputis Qualifies for Worlds

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech swimmer Caio Pumputis will swim the 200 IM at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary from June 18 – July 3.

Pumputis, a prolific breaststroke and IM swimmer, who is an 11-time All-American, 9-time All-ACC recipient, 3X ACC Champion as well as holding the program records in the 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM and ACC record in the 200 breast, swam in five different events at the Brazilian Nationals.

He swam the 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast, 100 fly and 200 IM, finishing top four in each event. Pumptuis’ times in the 200 breast and 200 IM were good for first at the meet with the 200 IM time qualifying him for the world championships.

This is the fourth world championships, and second long course worlds, for Pumputis.

Photos courtesy of Ricardo Bufolin

The support of Georgia Tech was paramount in Pumputis’ success at this event. Athletic Trainer Beth Harness and Assistant Coach Chico Rego travelled to Brazil to be with Pumputis during the event.

“I had huge support from all of the coaches and staff here,” Pumputis said. “I left 3 days after NCAAs so this staff was really important to make everything work and to make sure I’d be 100% at trials. Having Chico there was really important to give me all the support and tips before warm up and after the race. Beth has been helping me with recovery for the past five years at Tech so it means a lot to have her there for the pre-race and the post-race recovery to make sure my body will be right for the next race.”

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