2020 Sette Colli Trophy: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


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.


Sette Colli Record – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 56.04 2015
Italian Record – Elena Di Liddo, 57.04 2019

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.


Sette Colli Record – Kristof Milak (HUN), 1:54.19 2019
Italian Record – Federico Burdisso (ITA), 1:54.39 2019

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.


Sette Colli Record – Aya Terakawa (JPN), 59.42 2012
Italian Record – Margherita Panziera, 58.92 2019

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.


Sette Colli Record – Michael Andrew (USA), 53.40 2019
Italian Record – Simone Sabbioni (ITA), 53.34 2016

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.


Sette Colli Record – Ilaira Cusinato (ITA), 4:34.65 2018
Italian Record – Alessia Filippi, 4:34.34 2008

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.

Sara Franceschi was just over 4 seconds behind in 4;49.30, while Alessia Polieri rounded out the top 3 in 4:50.36.

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.


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.


Sette Colli Record – Pernille Blume (DEN), 52.72 2018
Italian Record – Federica Pelligrini, 53.18 2016

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.


Sette Colli Record – Alessandro Miressi (ITA), 48.25 2018
Italian Record – Alessandro Miressi, 47.92 2018

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.


Sette Colli Record – Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 29.84 2018
Italian Record – Benedetta Pilato, 29.98 2019

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.


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.


Sette Colli Record – Alessia Filippi (ITA), 8:20.70 2018
Italian Record – Simona Quadarella, 8:14.99 2019

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.


Sette Colli Record – Gabriele Detti (ITA), 7:43.06 2016
Italian Record – Gregorio Paltrinieri, 7:39.27 2019

Just as his teammate Gabriele Detti nearly overtook his own 400m free Italian national record, Gregorio Paltrinieri came super close to toppling his own mark in this 800m free final.

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.



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5 months ago

Anyone know how to possibly get the stream in USA? Tried finding a suitable VPN but don’t want to have to pay just for a couple days of streaming.

Reply to  yaboi
5 months ago

I have mullvad already, but Rai has a block on that. Don’t know which VPN works, mine doesn’t. 🤷‍♀️

Reply to  yaboi
5 months ago

Check out Swim Swimming on YouTube. The race videos are being posted on there. Obviously it’s not quite the same as watching it live but at least the videos are there.

PS: the videos are titled Italian Championships but I’ve checked and it’s definitely for the Sette Colli meet.

Reply to  Jeff
5 months ago

Sette Colli doubles as the Italian Championships this year.

Reply to  FSt
5 months ago

That happens often I think

Reply to  Ghost
5 months ago

No, it’s actually the first time. Never happened before.

5 months ago

Great swim from Burdisso, but eye catching progress from teenager Faraci in the ‘B’ final with a 2s PB. The Italian youngsters are on fire!

Reply to  Dee
5 months ago

And a full second PB for Michele Lamberti (son of the great Giorgio Lamberti, historical WR holder in the 200 free for nearly a decade) in the 100 back: 54.43 for him.

Reply to  nuotofan
5 months ago

I was aware of his son Matteo, but I didn’t realise there was another. Very interesting; It’s all in the genes for some people isn’t it! Thanks ^

5 months ago

8.24 & 8.26, and Quadarella wasn’t even in the pool. Then three men go sub 7.50. The world needs to learn from what the Italian distance freestylers are doing currently.

Reply to  Dee
5 months ago

Oh really? Italy has never won the gold medal in the women’s 800 meter freestyle at the Summer Olympics. Meanwhile, the United States of America has won the gold medal in the women’s 800 meter freestyle 9 of the 13 times the event has been contested at the Summer Olympics. The only duel winners in the women’s 800 meter freestyle at the Summer Olympics have been Janet Evans, Brooke Bennett, Katie Ledecky. Furthermore, Italy held the world record in the women’s 800 meter freestyle once from 9 Sep 1973 to 4 Jan 1974.

Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
5 months ago

Well the US is clearly not apply their distance freestyle expertise to their men then.

Reply to  Dee
5 months ago

Oh really? The medal tally in the women’s 800 meter freestyle at the World Aquatics Championships since inception (1973):

USA – 10 G, 6 S, 8 B
ITA – 1 G, 1 S, 1B

Fraser Thorpe
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
5 months ago

Yikes. Calm down.

Reply to  Fraser Thorpe
5 months ago

2019 Top Performers
Women’s Event (LCM)
1500 FR
Ledecky (USA) – 1
Quadarella (ITA) – 2
Twitchell (USA) – 6
Sullivan (USA) – 8
McHugh (USA) – 13
McMahon (USA) – 16
Schmidt (USA) – 17
Gabbrielleschi (ITA) – 19

Some lesson.

Reply to  Fraser Thorpe
5 months ago

2019 Top Performers
Women’s Event (LCM)
800 FR
Ledecky (USA) – 1
Quadarella (ITA) – 3
Smith (USA) – 5
McHugh (USA) – 14
Sullivan (USA) – 15
Schmidt (USA) – 17
Twitchell (USA) – 19
Anderson (USA) – 20
McMahon (USA) – 22
Salin (ITA) – 23

Some lesson.

Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
5 months ago

It’s no longer 2019

Reply to  Fraser Thorpe
5 months ago

Oh really? The yikeses of the the last 100 calm downs have all been american.

US – 100 (win)
Rest of world – 0 (lose)

Case closed, hope you learned your lesson

Ps: Oh really? Oh really! Oh oh really.

Reply to  Dee
5 months ago

Oh really? The medal tally in the women’s 800 meter freestyle at the Summer Olympics:

USA – 9 G, 3 S, 3 B
ITA – 0 G, 1 S, 1 B

Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
5 months ago

I did specify “currently”

Italians have won 8 medals across the 800 & 1500 events at the last two World Championships. As far as I can tell, that’s the measure of success and it’s far more successful than any other nation.

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