2020 Sette Colli Trophy: Day 1 Finals Live Recap


For the first time in history, the Sette Colli Trophy, which is being held at the Stadio del Nuoto in Rome today, August 11th through Thursday, August 13th, will double as Italy’s National Championships.

Although the visiting foreign talent pool has shrunken from years past, the top domestic athletes are set to compete, including Federica Pellegrini, Gabriele Detti, Simona Quadarella, Gregorio Paltrinieri, Benedetta Pilato and many more.

They’ll still need to fend off non-Italians to the tune of Marco Koch of Germany, Melanie Henique of France and David Verraszto of Hungary and others over the course of the meet. But, considering this is the first competitive event for many swimmers in over 4 months, we may see some super speedy racing from all participants here in Rome.


Sette Colli Record – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 25.19 2018
Italian Record – Silvia Di Pietro, 25.78 2014

Visiting French swimmer Melanie Henique got the job done in the women’s 50m fly to kick-off the 2020 Sette Colli. The 27-year-old fired off a winning effort of 25.77 to beat the field by over half a second in the only sub-26 second outing of the pack.

Grabbing silver was Italy’s national record holder in this event, Silvia Di Pietro, clocking 26.46, while her domestic rival Elena Di Liddo collected bronze in 26.89. Di Pietro took 4th last year in this event, producing a 2019 effort of 26.41.

Henique was the 2011 World Champion in this women’s 50m fly event but holds a lifetime best of 25.63 from 2018. That result matched the same marks he posted at the 2017 World Championships before she ultimately finished 6th in 25.76 there in Budapest.


Sette Colli Record – Michael Andrew (USA), 24.39 2019
Italian Record – Niccolo Bonacchi, 24.65 2014

18-year-old Mewen Tomac beat out seasoned swimmers to take the men’s 50m back final. He notched the only sub-25 second time of the field, hitting 24.88. That checks-in as a monster personal best, wiping out the 25.61 Tomac had posted in the prelims of the 2018 French Championships.

That prior clocking represented the French Age Record for 18-year-olds, but Tomac now re-wrote that with his head-turning 24.88 PB.

Italy’s national record holder in the 100m back, Simone Sabbioni, snagged silver in 25.13, while young Michele Lamberti rounded out the top 3 in 25.25. For 18-year-old Lamberti, his time here is a new PB by .28.


Sette Colli Record – Camille Muffat (FRA), 4:02.64 2013
Italian Record – Federica Pellegrini, 3:59.15 2009

European Junior Championships silver medalist in this women’s 400m free event, Giulia Salin, put up the swim of her life to take gold in the race tonight. Posting a head-turning swim of 4:07.70, she managed to hold off a charging Russian in Anna Egorova and get under the 4:10 threshold for the first time in her career.

Prior to this Sette Colli meet, Salin’s lifetime best stood at the 4:10.13 she registered for runner-up in Kazan last year. However, with her 4:07.70 clocking, she overtakes the Italian ‘Cadet’ record of 4:o7.73 which Linda Caponi posted at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Singapore.

Tonight Egorova clocked the 5th fastest time of her career, with the Russian touching in 4:07.78, staying at Salin’s hip the entire duration. Belgian Valentine Dumont came in 3rd with 4:09.41, a new lifetime best, and her first outing under 4:10. That marks a new Belgian national record for the 19-year-old.


Sette Colli Record – Gabriele Detti (ITA), 3:44.21 2016
Italian Record – Gabriele Detti, 3:43.23 2019

It was an Italian sweep of the men’s 400m free, led by national record holder Gabriele Detti. In fact, 25-year-old Detti’s winning time tonight of 3:43.73 fell just .50 outside of his national record, although it did overtake his own Sette Colli meet record of 3:44.21 he logged 4 years ago.

Splitting 53.46/56.08/56.79/57.40, Detti’s 3:43.73 time represents the 5th fastest time of the Olympic bronze medalist’s career.

Runner-up status went to Marco De Tullio with the man nearly hitting his own personal best as well. De Tullio logged a time of 3:44.94 tonight, while his PB rests at the 3:44.86 he produced for 5th place in the Gwangju final.

Domenico Acerenza also got on the podium, courtesy of his 3:46.88 result.


Sette Colli Record – Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 1:04.98 2018
Italian Record – Martina Carraro, 1:06.36 2019

The women’s 100m breast saw a thrilling feat by Swiss swimmer Lisa Mamie, with the 21-year-old establishing a new national record en route to gold.

Touching in 1:06.60, Mamie not only got under the 1:07 threshold for the first time in her career, but she managed to beat a packed home field, which included national record holder Martina Carraro.

Mamie’s previous lifetime best sat at the 1:07.10 she produced at last year’s World Championships in Gwangju. This year in Belgium, she collected a time of 1:08.01, pre-coronavirus pandemic in Belgium.

Finishing just .26 out of gold tonight was Arianna Castiglioniclocking her 3rd fastest outing all-time in 1:06.86, while the aforementioned Carraro settled for bronze in 1:07.08.


Sette Colli Record – Adam Peaty (GBR), 58.61 2018
Italian Record – Nicolo Martingenghi, 58.75 2019

Italian men made it another sweep in the 100m breast event, led by national record holder Nicolo Martinenghi. Martinenghi produced a winning time of 59.43 for the only sub-minute result of the field.

Fabio Scozzoli logged 1:00.31 to snag silver while Federico Poggio got it done for bronze in 1:00.41.

Last year Martinenghi had Great Britain’s Adam Peaty to chase, with the Brit winning the 2019 Sette Colli title in 58.72. Martinenghi was nearly at this same speed last year, hitting 59.30 as runner-up.


Sette Colli Record – Holly Barratt, 27.57 2017
Italian Record – Silvia Scalia, 27.89 2019

The women’s 50m backstroke field also saw 3 Italians surge to the surface first, led by national record holder Silvia Scalia. The 25-year-old notched a mark of 28.04 to grab the gold in the 6th fastest time of her career.

Behind her was 2018 European Championships gold medalist in the 200m back, Margherita Panziera, with Panziera posting 28.32 to hold off Costanza Cocconcelli‘s bronze medal-worthy 28.46.

Cocconcelli was a multi-medalist at last year’s European Junior Championships, reaping 50m free gold there in Kazan, while also taking 50m back bronze and 50m fly bronze.


Sette Colli Record – Chad Le Clos (RSA), 51.24 2018
Italian Record – Piero Codia, 50.64 2018

It was a super close battle for gold in the men’s 100m fly, with Northwestern-bound Federico Burdisso getting to the wall first ahead of national record holder Piero Codia.

Burdisso was just a hair behind Codia after the first 50, with the former touching in 24.07 to the latter’s 24.03, but Burdisso got the edge on the back half to hit 51.85 to Codia’s final time of 51.95. Bronze was also just a fingernail behind, as Matteo Rivolta punched 51.97 in the race.

Although more of a 200m flyer, Burdisso did race this sprint at last year’s World Championships. He earned at time of 52.65 to place 19th overall but rebounded with a strong 51.83 performance for silver at the 2019 World Junior Championships.


Sette Colli Record – Pernille Blume (DEN), 23.92 2018
Italian Record – Silvia Di Pietro, 24.84 2014

The roles were reversed from the women’s 50m fly, as this time it was Silvia Di Pietro who got the better of visiting French swimmer Melanie Henique.

Di Pietro clocked the only sub-25 second outing of the field to produce 24.91 for 50m free gold, while Henique fell just short in 25.11. Versatile icon Federica Pellegrini touched in 25.18, good enough for bronze.

Di Pietro owns the Italian national record in this 50m free event with the 24.84 she put up 6 years ago. Tonight’s effort was only .07 away from that outing.


Sette Colli Record – Ben Proud (GBR), 21.16 2018
Italian Record – Andrea Vergani, 21.37 2018

Alessandro Miressi led the men’s 50m freestyle charge, topping the podium in a time of 21.93. His performance represents the 21-year-old’s fastest time ever, shaving .01 off of the 21.94 he earned in Riccione 2 years ago. Both outings mark his sole ventures under 22 seconds in this event.

Leonardo Deplano was next tonight in 22.10 while Italy’s national record holder in the event, Andrea Vergani rounded out the top 3 in 22.26.


Sette Colli Record – Simona Quadarella (ITA), 15:48.84 2019
Italian Record – Simona Quadarella, 15:40.89 2019

The reigning world champion in this women’s 1500m free event, Simona Quadarella was outmatched in this final, but still grabbed the silver. It was a resurgent Martina Caramignioli who took the top prize tonight, touching in 15:56.06 to Quadarella’s 16:03.69.

For Caramignioli, the 29-year-old had never before been under 16:00, owning a lifetime best of 16:04.62 from last December. However, the seasoned swimmer has been putting up some impressive times as of late, as recent as February of this year.

Wrapping up bronze was 17-year-old Giulia Salin, who already won the 400m free earlier in the session. In this longer event, Salin nabbed a time of 16:11.79

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2 years ago

Wow, solid times all around!

2 years ago

Agreed, Italy has a really nice depth in many events, especially in men’s freestyle, men’s 100 breast, men’s 100 fly and women’s 100 breast.
I think they could make the final of men’s medley relay in Tokyo while only using their second best guys for each leg.

2 years ago

Really impressed with Marco De Tullio once again and interested to see if his younger brother can follow his progression.

Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

Agreed, at this point i think that De Tullio is more likely to win bronze in Tokyo than Detti. Also would be interesting to see what he can do in the 800 free.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  AnEn
2 years ago

It will be nice to see a 5’10” kid on podium. I hope he’ll make it.

Pacific Whirl
2 years ago

Pilato raises her mark to 1:07.38 after the 1:07.60 posted last month for the 15yo!

Pacific Whirl
Reply to  Pacific Whirl
2 years ago

Correct: Pilato’s PB is 1:07.06, done in last month, not this time.

2 years ago

Two PBs in the same session for Giulia Salin: after her 4.07.70 in the 400 free, 16.11.79 in the 1500 free to improve the time (16.13.59) that gave her the European Junior title on July 2019 in Kazan. A remarkable double indeed.

2 years ago

Any reporting on what kind of restrictions they put in place in terms of physical distancing, fewer fans, timers officials etc. in the COVID era? Just wondering how the operations of the meet looked different, if at all, from our “old normal “

Reply to  1001pools
2 years ago

From my best guess from translating.

Heats are separated into male and female sessions (about 50 minute session). Swimmers have no access outside of their session. Regular health screening upon arrival and social distancing while in facility. Bag for mask is provided at starting block. Personal items when not on you must be kept in a bag. Facility is cleared and disinfected after each session and before next group arrives (ie between male and female heat sessions and between heats and finals).

Typical session looks like
8:00 AM warmup
9:00 AM heat session 1 starts
9:40 AM heat session 1 finishes, facility cleared
9:50 – 10:30 facility sanitized
10:30 AM warmup
11:30 AM heat… Read more »

Reply to  Fish
2 years ago

Thanks for the details. This sounds like it’s great for the swimmers and perfect for a pro event. Not sure how this level of distancing and event spacing could ever work at a lower level, but it’s SO AWESOME to read ‘real’ meet results again!!

2 years ago

Off topic, but the Big Ten just made it official


Big Ten Conference presidents and chancellors voted Tuesday to postpone all fall sports seasons, including football, with the hopes of playing in the spring, it announced Tuesday.

Irish Ringer
2 years ago

Mens 400m free was quick. 3:43.73 for Detti.

Reply to  Irish Ringer
2 years ago

1.49.54 at 200 m when he turned 1.52.12 at last Worlds (he swam a 3.43.23 in negative-split). Testing a new strategy of race for Detti in the 400 free..

Reply to  nuotofan
2 years ago

He was still 2.7s below his best at 300m mark, around 1s below WR pace, but we know how Biedermann closed the race. I think there is room foor improvement heading 2021

2 years ago

First live recap in how long?

Reply to  swimfan210_
2 years ago

Probably since men’s Pac-12s in February?

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2 years ago
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2 years ago

New live recap but old story lol..: Quadarella’s pic and the reigning World Champion was upset in her signature race

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