Joao De Lucca
The Pan Am Games will be held this summer in Toronto
Cards faced powers Texas, Indiana and Michigan
Worrell and De Lucca take home haul
First male swimmer to double in the 100 and 200 since 1995
Joao De Lucca is seeded third in the 100 free.
AAC Swimming & Diving Championships | Day 4
AAC Swimming & Diving Championship | Day 3
AAC Swimming & Diving Championships | Day 2
AAC Swimming & Diving Championships
Louisville Swimming & Diving | Senior Day
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.