2020 SETTE COLLI TROPHY
- Tuesday, August 11th – Thursday, August 13th
- Stadio Olimpico Curva Nord, Rome, Italy
- LCM (50m)
- Day 1 Recap
- Start Lists/Live Results
- Live Stream (Italy Only)
Day 1 of the 2020 Sette Colli Trophy brought the heat, both on the deck in terms of high temperatures nearing 100F, as well as in the pool with elite performances.
We already saw Italian Gabriele Detti come within half a second of his own 400m free national record, while Lisa Mamie of Switzerland nailed her first-ever 100m breast time under the 1:07 threshold.
Let’s see what day 2 brings us from Rome, with a reminder that, for the first time in history, this Sette Colli doubles as the Italian National Championships.
WOMEN’S 100 FLY – FINAL
Sette Colli Record – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 56.04 2015
Italian Record – Elena Di Liddo, 57.04 2019
- GOLD – Ilaria Bianchi (ITA) 58.73
- SILVER – Elena Di Liddo (ITA) 58.89
- BRONZE – Federica Greco (ITA) 59.33
Just two swimmers delved into sub-59 second territory in tonight’s women’s 100m fly final. Ilaria Bianchi produced a time of 58.73, while reigning Italian national record holder Elena Di Liddo was right behind in 58.89. Federica Greco rounded out the top 3 in 59.33.
Di Liddo fired off her 57.04 national record in the semi-finals of last year’s FINA World Aquatic Championships. She was nearly at that same mark in the final, producing a time of 57.07 to place 4th. As such, this effort here was off that caliber of performance, but enough to take the Italian national title.
MEN’S 200 FLY – FINAL
Sette Colli Record – Kristof Milak (HUN), 1:54.19 2019
Italian Record – Federico Burdisso (ITA), 1:54.39 2019
- GOLD – Federico Burdisso (ITA) 1:54.83
- SILVER – Alberto Razzetti (ITA) 1:56.71
- BRONZE – Claudio Faraci (ITA) 1:58.01
Finishing just .44 outside of his own national record, 18-year-old Federico Burdisso manhandled the 200m fly field in a big-time 1:54.83. Splitting 53.36/1:01.47, Burdisso produced the 3rd fastest time of his career, sitting only behind his record and other sub-1:55 outing of 1:54.64 from last year’s Italian National Championships.
Last year at the 2019 Sette Colli, Burdisso played second fiddle to visiting Hungarian and eventual World Record setter Kristof Milak. Milak clocked a new meet record of 1:54.19, while Burdisso logged 1:55.21 to edge out Chad Le Clos of South Africa.
With Burdisso’s monster effort here, he further establishes himself as a world-class and potential minor medal threat at next year’s Olympic Games.
Not to be missed is the fact that Alberto Razzetti cranked out an impressive performance in his own right, beating his previous PB by nearly 2 seconds. Entering this meet the 20-year-old’s lifetime best sate at the 1:57.62 from the 2019 Italian Championships.
WOMEN’S 100 BACK – FINAL
Sette Colli Record – Aya Terakawa (JPN), 59.42 2012
Italian Record – Margherita Panziera, 58.92 2019
- GOLD – Margherita Panziera (ITA) 59.96
- SILVER – Silvia Scalia (ITA) 1:00.55
- BRONZE – Costa De Saint Zofkova (ITA) 1:00.64
Italy’s national record holder in this event, Margherita Panziera clocked the only time under the minute threshold in tonight’s final. Touching in a time of 59.96, Panziera’s effort here wasn’t too far off the 59.83 result she posted in Gwangju last year, which rendered the Italian 10th after the semi-final.
Silvia Scalia got it done for silver in 1:00.55, while Costa De Saint Zofkova logged 1:00.64 for bronze.
MEN’S 100 BACK – FINAL
Sette Colli Record – Michael Andrew (USA), 53.40 2019
Italian Record – Simone Sabbioni (ITA), 53.34 2016
- GOLD – Mewen Tomac (FRA) 53.29 *Meet Record
- SILVER – Thomas Ceccon (ITA) 53.40
- BRONZE – Simone Sabbioni (ITA) 53.71
Setting a new meet record, our first of the night, was 18-year-old Frenchman Mewen Tomac in this men’s 100m back. Tomac busted out the fastest time of his career by far, registering a winning effort of 53.29 to beat out Italians Thomas Ceccon and Simone Sabbioni.
Tomac’s previous PB in this event sat at the Italian Age Record for 18-year-olds of 54.17 he threw down at last year’s World Junior Championships. There in Budapest, he finished 4th, with Ceccon taking the World Junior title in 53.46.
Ceccon touched just .11 behind Tomac this evening in 53.40, while reigning Italian national record holder Sabbioni earned bronze in 53.71. Ceccon’s outing here was just .03 outside his own lifetime best of 53.37 as lead-off in Budapest on the Italian men’s medley relay.
Splits for Tomac’s menacing swim this evening included 25.87/27.42 to open in the only front half under 26 seconds. This marks his second French Age Record broken in as many days, as he already nailed a new 50m back time of 24.88 en route to gold last night.
Tomac’s time also overtakes the Sette Colli meet record set just last year by American Michael Andrew at 53.40. Tomac now bumps himself up to become France’s 3rd fastest performer all-time in this event.
WOMEN’S 400 IM – FINAL
Sette Colli Record – Ilaira Cusinato (ITA), 4:34.65 2018
Italian Record – Alessia Filippi, 4:34.34 2008
- GOLD – Luisa Trombetti (ITA) 4:45.24
- SILVER – Sara Franceschi (ITA) 4:49.30
- BRONZE – Alessia Polieri (ITA) 4:50.36
Luisa Trombetti led a trio of Italian women landing on this 400m IM podium, with the 26-year-old Olympian producing a time of 4:45.24 for the win.
Trombetti represented Italy in this event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where she produced a time of 4:45.52 to finish 26th. That was despite her having clocked a much quicker 4:38.54 at that year’s Olympic Trials. She hasn’t been under 4:40 since.
MEN’S 400 IM – FINAL
Sette Colli Record – David Verraszto (HUN), 4:07.47 2017
Italian Record – Luca Marin, 4:09.88 2007
- GOLD – David Verraszto (HUN) 4:12.66
- SILVER – Pier Matteazzi (ITA) 4:15.03
- BRONZE – Dominik Torok (ITA) 4:19.30
For the 2nd time tonight we saw a non-Italian top the podium, this time in the form of Hungary’s David Verraszto.
The two-time World Championships silver medalist in this 400m IM event, Verraszto took control at the get-go and never looked back here in Rome, registering a time of 4:12.66. That’s well off his own Sette Colli Record of 4:07.47 he produced in 2017, but enough to hold off both Pier Matteazzi and Dominik Torok who took silver and bronze in times of 4:15.03 and 4:19.30, respectively.
Matteazzi’s performance here checks-in as a new lifetime best, overtaking the 4:15.73 he logged last year to take the Italian national title.
WOMEN’S 100 FREE – FINAL
Sette Colli Record – Pernille Blume (DEN), 52.72 2018
Italian Record – Federica Pelligrini, 53.18 2016
- GOLD – Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 54.33
- SILVER – Valentine Dumont (BEL) 54.91
- BRONZE – Silvia Di Pietro (ITA) 54.96
Italian Olympic icon Federica Pellegrini put on a show in the women’s 100m freestyle, grabbing gold in 54.33 to edge the field by over half a second.
Splitting 26.45/27.88, the 32-year-old national record holder’s 54.33 time here beat out the 54.68 she put up in Gwangju last year to place 22nd out of the heats.
Speaking of last year’s World Championships, that’s where 20-year-old Valentine Dumont produced her Belgian national record in this event in 54.90. Tonight, she was just .01 shy of matching that effort, wrapping up runner-up status in 54.91.
Silvia Di Pietro nabbed bronze tonight in 54.96.
MEN’S 100 FREE – FINAL
- GOLD – Alessandro Miressi (ITA) 48.15
- SILVER – Ivano Vendrame (ITA) 48.70
- BRONZE – Manuel Frigo (ITA) 48.75
Italy’s fastest 100m freestyle ever, 21-year-old Alessandro Miressi, did not disappoint in his specialty event tonight, clocking a new meet record en route to his victory.
Comprised of splits of 23.26/24.89, Miressi got into the 48-super-low territory with a winning mark of 48.15 to represent the 3rd fastest time of his career. Besides his 47.92 national record he produced in 2018, his other top 3 performance is the 48.01 he nailed for the European title that same year.
Silver this evening went to Ivano Vendrame, with his 48.70 keeping up his momentum from last December’s Italian Championships. There in Riccione, Vendrame put up the fastest time of his career in 48.38.
Manuel Frigo also got on the board tonight, hitting a time of 48.75 for his 3rd best time ever.
What a difference a year makes as in 2019 Italy was entirely shut out of the top 3 spots in this event. It was Brazil’s Breno Correio (48.48) and Marcelo Chierighini (48.55) who finished 1-2, with Ukrainian Sergei Shevtsov (48.79) capturing bronze. Miressi was the top Italian with a time of 49.18 for 6th place.
WOMEN’S 50 BREAST – FINAL
Sette Colli Record – Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 29.84 2018
Italian Record – Benedetta Pilato, 29.98 2019
- GOLD – Benedetta Pilato (ITA) 29.85 *Italian Record, World Junior Record
- SILVER – Martina Carraro (ITA) 30.41
- BRONZE – Arianna Castiglioni (ITA) 30.47
Racing her way to gold in a big way was 15-year-old Benedetta Pilato, the on-fire breaststroking teen from Italy who seemingly gets faster with every swim.
She already scored a new national record in this 50m breast with the 29.98 at last year’s World Championships but dropped another .13 here to score a new World Junior Record of 29.85. That outing slices .01 off of the longstanding WJR now-retired Lithuanian Olympian Ruta Meilutyte scored at the 2013 World Junior Championships.
Tonight marks the 2nd time that Pilato, then, has been under the 30 second mark, as her silver in Gwangju came with a 30.00 performance.
Look for a separate post highlighting Pilato’s monumental swim.
MEN’S 50 BREAST – FINAL
- GOLD – Nicolo Martingenghi (ITA) 26.94
- SILVER – Fabio Scozzoli (ITA) 27.23
- BRONZE – Alessandro Pinzuti (ITA) 27.66
After that rousing performance by Pilato, Nicolo Martinenghi powered his way to the top of the podium in the men’s edition in a time of 26.94. That edged out the national record holder Fabio Scozzoli, who registered 27.23 for silver.
Alessandro Pinzuti hit a time of 27.66 for bronze this evening.
Martinenghi still owns the World Junior Record in this men’s 50m breast with the 26.97 he produced in 2017. He’s since been as fast as 26.85 and also has since broken the 100m breast Italian national record with his PB of 58.75 from just last December.
WOMEN’S 800 FREE – FINAL
Sette Colli Record – Alessia Filippi (ITA), 8:20.70 2018
Italian Record – Simona Quadarella, 8:14.99 2019
- GOLD – Martina Caramignoli (ITA) 8:24.16
- SILVER – Giulia Salin (ITA) 8:26.81
- BRONZE – Anna Egorova (RUS) 8:31.40
Yesterday’s 1500m freestyle winner, Martina Caramignoli, doubled up with another gold, this time in the 800m free event. Sans Simona Quadarella, Caramignioli took total control of this race, leading wire-to-wire to log a winning effort of 8:24.16.
Caramignoli’s time represents yet another personal best for the 29-year-old who also put up her first-ever 1500m mark last night under 16:00. Last December in this 800m free, Caramignoli touched in 8:27.92 to hit a best time. Tonight, she dropped nearly another 3 seconds to get to the wall first.
Coming in for silver was teenager Giulia Salin, who put up a solid performance of her own in 8:26.81. She scored a new Italian Age Record in the process, torching her previous PB of 8:28.99 that garnered her bronze at the 2019 World Junior Championships. Salin also hit a new Age Record last night in the 1500m.
MEN’S 800 FREE – FINAL
- GOLD – Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) 7:40.22* Meet Record
- SILVER – Gabriele Detti (ITA) 7:46.04
- BRONZE – Domenico Acerenza (ITA) 7:48.74
Touching the wall by a wide margin in 7:40.22, Paltrinieri fell less than a second outside his own NR of 7:39.27 from 2019. He settled for instead beating Detti by well over 5 seconds en route to taking the title in the 2nd fastest time of his career.
Detti’s time of 7:46.04 was good enough for silver after Paltrinieri took down his meet record of 7:43.06 from 2016. Domenico Acerenza collected another bronze after finishing 3rd in last night’s 400m, earning a time of 7:48.74 in this longer distance.
Paltrinieri’s 7:40.22 time checks-in as the 8th fastest performance all-time. His aforementioned PB of 7:39.27 is the 6th fastest performance ever.