16-Year-Old Delfina Pignatiello Breaks Argentine 400 Free Record

16-year-old Delfina Pignatiello from Argentina broke an eight-year-old super-suited national record on Wednesday in the 400 freestyle, putting up a time of 4:09.97. The previous record of 4:10.16 was set by Cecilia Biagioli at the 2009 World Championships in Rome.

Pignatiello set the record on the opening day of the Argentinean Championships. Her previous personal best stood at 4:13.14, done at the Arena Pro Swim Series – Indianapolis in March. At that meet she also won a silver medal in the 800 free in a time of 8:38.49. She also competed at the 2016 Short Course World Championships in Windsor, making the final in the 800 where she finished 6th.

She becomes the 4th South American to break 4:10 in the 400 free. At the Maria Lenk Trophy last week, Brazilian Joanna Maranhao broke the Brazilian record in a time of 4:09.41. The Continental record stands at 4:06.02 from Venezuelan Andreina Pinto, set in 2013.

Other highlights from day 1 of the Argentinean Championships included World Championship medalist and Pan American champion Federico Grabich winning the 200 free in 1:48.12, and Macarena Ceballos winning the women’s 50 breast in 31.69. At the Maria Lenk Trophy last week she set the national record in 30.99. See full results here.

Check out Pignatiello’s record swim, via DEPORTV on youtube below:

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Is Bill Sweetenham still working with the Argentine Swimming Federation?

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She can win a medal at next world junior championships. Very good young talent. And a big room for improvement, especially in terms of power. Interesting to see if she will go to USA in college in 1 or 2 years or will stay in Argentina to prepare Tokyo 2020.


She just broke the 800 free Argentine Record for 800 with a 8:29:86


Couldn’t she do both?

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James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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