2019 Sette Colli Trophy Day 2 Finals Recap


Saturday’s day two prelims sessions of the 2019 Sette Colli trophy was extremely quick. The women’s 50 breast saw 14-year-old Benedetta Pilato set a new national record, while the men’s race features three of the fastest 50 breaststrokers in the world. The men’s 100 free is set for a speedy showdown as  all finalists were under 49 seconds in prelims, and Hungarian world record holder Katinka Hosszu will do her thing in the 400 IM. Outside of those three events, tonight’s session will also see finals for the women’s 100 fly, men’s 200 fly, and women’s and men’s 200 back and 800 free.

Women’s 100 fly – Final

The Italian duo of Ilaria Bianchi and Eliana Di Liddo were separated by just .01 at the top of this podium. Di Liddo took the race out nearly two tenths faster at 26.91 (versus Bianchi’s 27.09), but Bianchi brought it home in 30.41 (Di Liddo was 30.61) for the wine. Both climbed the top-10 rankings in the world, with Bianchi now sixth and Di Liddo tied for 7th.

Men’s 200 fly – final

  • Gold: Kristof Milak, HUN, 1:54.19
  • Silver: Federico Burdisso, ITA, 1:55.21
  • Bronze: Chad le Clos, RSA, 1:55.48

Nineteen-year-old Kristof Milak, who owns the top swim in the world this year at 1:53.19, took down the meet record in 1:54.19 for the gold medal. Italian youngster Federico Burdisoo took silver at 1:55.21, about half a second off his season best time of 1.54.64, which ranks No. 5 in the world currently.

Veteran Chad le Clos hit a season-best time to finish third, going 1:55.48. He cracks the top-10 swims in this world this season with that performance, which bests his 1:55.95 from May.

Women’s 100 back – final

  • Gold: Margherita Panziera, ITA, 59.69
  • Silver: Kira Toussaint, NED, 1:00.01
  • Bronze: Holly Barratt, AUS, 1:00.69

Current fifth-fastest 100 backstroker in the world Margherita Panziera, of Italy, took first place in 59.69; her season-best time is three-quarters of a second faster at 58.92, from April.

The Netherlands’ Kira Toussaint was two tenths off her 59.80 season-best time from March for second place. Australia’s Holly Barratt was about half a second off her season best of 1:00.24 from earlier in June at Australian World Trials.

Notably, Israeli record holder Anastasia Gorbenko, the youngest swimmers in the A final by about eight years, took fifth in 1:01.18. Her record sits at 1:00.03.

Men’s 100 back – final

  • Gold: Michael Andrew, USA, 53.40
  • Silver: Yakov Yan Toumarkin, ISR, 54.15
  • Bronze: Brodie Williams, GBR, 54.23

American Michael Andrew took a second off his prelims time and a few tenths of the meet record to win the 100 back in 53.40. His previous best time was 53.55. His time ties him with Jacob Pebley for the No. 10 swim in the world this season.

Top seed from prelims Yakov Yan Toumarkin, of Israel, took silver in 54.15, five hundredths slower than his prelims swim. In third was Britain’s Brodie Williams with a new best time of 54.23, over half a second faster than he was in prelims.

Women’s 400 IM – final

World record holder Katinka Hosszu was DQed in this race, but would have won in 4:33.31 – we’re hearing she missed a wall during the backstroke leg. Hosszu dropped the 100 back today to focus on the 400 IM. She already holds the No. 3 time in the world this season at 4:32.52.

Instead, fellow Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakobos took the top spot in 4:38.89, cracking the top 20 in the world this year. Serbia’s Anja Crevar, whose season-best time was 4:41.03, took second in 4:40.15. Taking third was Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes in 4:44.15.

Men’s 400 IM – Final

Japanese star Daiya Seto improved on his world-leading time by well over a full second, taking the win in 4:07.95, a lifetime best. Remarkably, while he remains the third-fastest performer since Rio, the second-fastest is David Verraszto with his meet record 4:07.47 from 2017. Chase Kalisz was 4:05.90 at Worlds in 2017.

Verraszto took second Saturday night in 4:11.90, improving on his season-best time of 4:12.65, remaining third in the world this year behind Seto and Max Litchfield (4:10.94).

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Women’s 100 free – final

Pernille Blume tied her season-best time of 53.40 to take the win over Femke Heemskerk, who has been slightly faster 53.49 this season. Keemskerk closed .06 faster than Blume, but took the race out .16 slower.

Hometown favorite Federica Pelligrini improved om her season-best time. She was 53.75 at Italian Nationals in April and was up at 54.32 in prelims Saturday. She remains at No. 16 in the world this season.

It was a steep dropoff after the podium, as Germany’s Annika Bruhn took fourth in 54.90.

Men’s 100 free – final

This morning’s prelims session set up the men’s 100 free to be the race of the evening, with all swimmers in the A-final clocking sub-49 swims in the morning. Marcelo Chierighini led the way with a 48.38 in the morning, but took second in 48.55 in finals; his season and lifetime best time is 47.68.

His countryman Breno Correia was 48.66 in prelims, taking the win in finals with a 48.48. Ukranian Sergii Shevtsov was just off his season-best time of 48.73 from Ukranian National in April with a 48.79.

Brazilian swimmers made up half the A-final, as Gabriel Santos finished fifth in 48.95 and Pedro Spajari took seventh in 49.22.

Women’s 50 breast – final

Fresh off setting the Italian national record at 30.13 this morning, 14-year-old Benedetta Pilatto took gold Saturday night in 30.28; she is the third-fastest swimmer in the world this year.

South American record holder Jhennifer Conceicao took second in 30.54; she was slightly faster at 30.47 in prelims. Italy’s Martina Carraro, who was 30.52 in prelims, took third at 30.62.

Men’s 50 breast – final

Felipe Lima, Joao Gomes Junior, and Adam Peaty are the three fastest 50 breaststrokers in the world this year, with Lima leading the way at 26.33. The world record holder Peaty took the win Saturday in 26.53, Lima took second in 26.61, and Gomes was third in 26.68.

Women’s 800 free – final

National record holder Simona Quadrella improved on her season-best time by well over four seconds in her win Saturday even, going 8:21.20 (down from 8:25.55). Her Italian record sits at 8:16.45 from last year’s European Championships.

Hungary’s Anja Kesely added a second to her season-best to take silver in 8:25.29 and Martina Caramignoli took half a second off her own to finish third in 8:37.61.

Men’s 800 free – final

Guilherme’s Costa’s South American 800 free record came at this meet last year, and is nearly three seconds faster, but he bested his season-best time by about 10 seconds Saturday with the 7:53.01 win (now No. 16 in the world).

Servian Vuk Celic obliterated his own national record of 7:56.58 from last year’s European Championships, going 7:53.76 for silver, which cracks the top-20 world wide.  Denmark’s Anton Ipsen took third in 7:55.13; he was 7:49.64 in April, which ranks him No. 10 in the world.

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João 🇧🇷
2 years ago

Where to watch?

Reply to  João 🇧🇷
2 years ago

Unfortunately, absolutely nowhere.
Here is a link if you live in Italy, but if you live anywhere else you cannot watch – even with VPNs 🙁
Wish I could watch.

João 🇧🇷
Reply to  Seans
2 years ago

Thank you for your reply, anyway.

2 years ago

MA gold 100 back 53.40

Reply to  anonymous
2 years ago

Love to see him dropping in the backstrokes

Reply to  anonymous
2 years ago

Murphy still the man, but MA has a shot at making US Oly team in this event the way he is going

E Gamble
Reply to  austinpoolboy
2 years ago

Don’t forget about Matt Grevers. He can swim a 52 mid in the 100 back with his eyes closed. And what about Austn Katz, John Shebat, and Justin Ress? I’m still sticking with Murphy and Grevers for now. But.. We could be in for a shocker. Its nice to see MA in the mix tho.

Reply to  E Gamble
2 years ago

Chris Staka will surprise everyone at Trials.

2 years ago

Three Italian men under 49s in the 100 ‘B’ Final. Impressive. Milak looks to have learnt a little better how to swim a 200fl – Ominous signs for the rest of the field at Worlds.

2 years ago

Hosszu DQ’d

Reply to  Seans
2 years ago

Her back to breast turn caused the DQ but in her defense the wind is intermittently blowing causing the back flags to bow.

2 years ago

Gorbenko’s record is 1:01.03 not 1:00.03.

2 years ago

overall, fast meet! nice times!

2 years ago

Safe to say Seto will be a hard nut to crack in Tokyo – 4.07.95.

Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

Chase will have a tough time with Seto.

Reply to  Scribble
2 years ago

No doubt. I’d still make Kalisz the favourite, he seems to always swim his best race when it matters – Seto looks to have stepped it up though.

Reply to  Scribble
2 years ago

Chase has no chance

Reply to  Ytho
2 years ago

Will Chase need to chase?

2 years ago

Seto 4.07.95

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