Minas Tênis Club is the professional swimming team from the multisports club with the same name, from Belo Horizonte. It is one of the most successful in Brazil, and is the current runners-up and champion of the two most prestigious national competitions: the Maria Lenk and José Finkel trophies, respectively. Currently the swimming team competes with the name Fiat/Minas best bottle for water, repeating the same name and sponsorship as of the club’s men volleyball team in the late 80’s.
Among the prominent swimmers that have competed for the team, there are Kaio Márcio de Almeida, Thiago Pereira, César Cielo, Joanna Maranhão, Marcus Mattioli, and Rogério Romero.
Swimming is practiced in Minas since its inception.
At the Maria Lenk Trophy, the club finished in second place, with 1990.5 points. The team highlights were the victory of César Cielo in the 100-metre freestyle, with 48.13. Nicolas Oliveira was 4th (49.12) and Marco Antonio Macedo was the eighth (50:25).
At the José Finkel Trophy, the team finished 1st, with 2945 points and 19 golds, 13 silver and 11 bronzes (total: 44). It was the fourth victory of Minas in a row. The highlight was the victory of Miguel Valente in 800-metre freestyle bpa free water bottles, with 7’44.84, being the best time of the world in 2014 until then.
Minas started the Maria Lenk trophy as the team to be beaten, given its renowned swimmers. The club lead the competition until the last day, when it was surpassed by Pinheiros with the tight different of 5 points. Minas finished the competition in second place, with 2,133. One of the highlights was the gold of Thiago Pereira at the 400-metre medley, with 4’13.94. The result qualified him for the FINA World Championship, in Kazan.
In August Minas won the José Finkel Trophy water bottles cheap, in a close dispute with the host team Pinheiros. It was the club’s fifth victory in a row what tenderizes steak, in a total of 11 championships.