Junior: As a junior, De Lucca blazed the trail for the success of the Cardinals. De Lucca was crowned the NCAA champion in the 200-freestyle in 1:31.51, the third fastest time in history. De Lucca was also 3rd in the 100-freestyle in 42.27, and 13th in the 50-freestyle in 19.72. De Lucca represented the Cardinals on the 400-freestyle relay for its highest 4th place finish in 2:50.98 where he split a 41.96 the fastest split in the event. De Lucca was named an All-American in the 100-, 200-freestyle, and the 400-freestyle relay. He also competed on the All- American Honorable Mention Relays, 200-freestyle relay in 1:17.94 for 10th splitting a 19.55, and 800-freestyle relay in 6:22.84 for 14th. At BIG EAST, De Lucca earned BIG EAST Swimmer of the Meet and was a champion in the 100- and 200-freestyle, and placed 2nd in the 50-freestyle, and swam the second leg in the 200-, 400-, and 800-freestyle relays at BIG EAST that all swept the competition, winning gold. De Lucca raced at the US Short Course Nationals placing 2nd in the 100- and 200-freestyle in 42.05 and 1:32.57. He also swam the 50-freestyle for 4th in a time of 19.61. At Purdue De Lucca was 1st in every event he swam, the 50-, 100-, 200-freestyle, and the 100-butterfly, as well as the 200-, 400- freestyle relays and the 200-medley relay. De Lucca and three other Cardinals qualified with an A- Cut for the NCAA Championships in the 400-freestyle relay. De Lucca was also one of eight Cardinals chosen to swim at the SMU Classic.
Sophomore: After a fantastic freshman campaign, De Lucca did not miss a step in moving forward as a sophomore. De Lucca led the Cardinals to its highest finish in history at the NCAA Championships. De Lucca competed on all five relays, as well as competing in two individual events, for a grand total of 13 efforts in three days. On the first day of competition, De Lucca anchored the 200-free relay to an eighth place finish and new school record time and anchored the 400-medley relay, in a split of 41.92, to finish seventh and set another school record. On the second day of competition, he anchored the 200-medley relay in an 18.97 that led the relay to finish seventh, he finished third in the individual 200-free with a time of 1:33.49, and he was a member of the 800-free relay, which finished fourteenth, and split 1:34.79. On the final day of competition, De Lucca broke his own school record in the prelims session in the 100-free with a time of 42.59 and finished in seventh place in finals and anchored the tenth place 400-free relay with a split of 42.08. De Lucca was named a five-time NCAA All-American. At the BIG EAST Championships, De Lucca tied with two teammates for scoring the most points in the championship. De Lucca was a key member of BIG EAST champion 800-free, 200-free, 400-medley, and 400-free relays, all of which set new BIG EAST and school-records as well as recording NCAA B-cuts in all four relays. Individually, De Lucca had arguably some of the best races of the meet. In the 50-free he finished second to a teammate and had a time of 19.81 in the prelims. In the 100-free he was crowned the BIG EAST champion and recorded a new BIG EAST and school record with a time of 42.67. De Lucca became a NCAA automatic qualifier with his winning performance in the 200-free with a time of 1:33.44, setting new BIG EAST and school records. Heading into the NCAA Championships, De Lucca is the top seed in the 200-free with his performance from the BIG EAST Championships. He was named a seven-time All-BIG EAST performer. Throughout the season, De Lucca remained undefeated in the 200-free. He was named the Men's BIG EAST Swimmer of the Week on January 17.
Freshman: De Lucca,
a member of the Brazil
National team, he anchored
the 4x200 in Shanghai,
China last summer. De
Lucca swam the anchor leg
on the 400-medley relay
team that advanced to the NCAA finals and
set a school record with a time of 3:09.30.
During the BIG EAST Championships, De
Lucca competed in the 400-medley relay, the
400- and 800-free relay, and the 50-, 100-,
and 200-free. He swam the second leg of the
400- and 800-free relays and had the fastest
splits in both with times of 43.36 and 1:34.71,
respectively. Both teams finished in first, with
the 400 squad making a national B-cut. The
800-free relay team's time also marked a
school record. In the 200-free preliminaries,
he made the national B-cut and earned a firstplace
finish with a time of 1:37.72. De Lucca
also added a second-place finish and made
the national B-cut in the 100-free with a time
of 43.76. He finished the year as a five-time
All-BIG EAST performer.
Prior to UofL: Joao
came to UofL with extensive international
experience. Most notably he competed in
the 2008 Youth World Championships in
Monterrey, Mexico where he won a bronze
medal as part of the 4X200 free relay. He also medaled as a part of the 4X100 free relay in the 2006 Youth World Championships in Rio De Janeiro.
Personal: Born January 2, 1990. Son of Marielena
and Renato De Lucca. Major is communication.