2020 Sette Colli Trophy: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


We’re entering the final day of competition at this 2020 Sette Colli, which has been one thrilling string of races here in Rome.

We saw a World Junior Record go down yesterday, courtesy of 15-year-old Benedetta Pilato in the women’s 50m breast, as well as national records bite the dust in the form of Lisa Mamie‘s (SUI) 100m breast and Valentine Dumont‘s (BEL) 400m free.

We’ve also been treated to National Age Records by World Junior Championships finalist Mewen Tomac (FRA), European Junior champion Giulia Salin (GER), and more.

On today’s plate, we’re set to see Olympic icon Federica Pellegrini race the 200m free, as well as Germany’s 2015 world champion in the 200m breast Marco Koch dive into the pool in that event.

We’ll also see one of Italy’s best-ever take to the pool, with reigning 1500m freestyle Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri entered in his specialty event slated for the end of the session.


Sette Colli Record – Ryosuke Irie (JPN), 1:55.05 2012
Italian Record – Matteo Restivo, 1:56.29 2018

There was a two-way tie in our first event on this final night of competition, as Luca Mencarini and Matteo Restivo each clocked a 200m back time of 1:57.98 for co-gold.

Restivo ripped an opening 100m of 56.64 to lead the field by nearly a second before teammate Mencarini came on strong to seal the deal simultaneously with the national record holder.

Wrapping up bronze in the race was on-fire Mewen Tomac of France, who was near his lifetime best. After already establishing new French Age Records already here in the 50m and 100m backstroke events, the 18-year-old touched in 1:58.39 to fall just .08 outside of his 1:58.31 PB that garnered him the silver medal at the 2019 European Junior Championships.


Sette Colli Record – Margherita Panziera (ITA), 2:06.87 2019
Italian Record – Margherita Panziera (ITA), 2:05.72 2019

National record holder Martherita Panziera collected her 2nd individual gold of these championships, nailing a decisive win in this women’s 200m back to add to her 100m back earlier.

Opening in 1:02.44 and coming home in 1:05.85, Panziera earned the only time of the field under 2:10 to stand atop the podium. Behind her were two countrywomen in the form of Costa De Saint Zofkova and Martina Cenci who finished with the silver and bronze in 2:12.52 and 2:13.17, respectively.

Panziera placed a painstaking 4th at the 2019 FINA World Championships in this event, touching the Gwangju wall in a time of 2:06.67. She had earlier fired off a new national record of 2:05.72 at the 2019 Italian Championships in April and also later hit a time of 2:06.87 at the 2019 edition of this Sette Colli to establish a new meet record.


Sette Colli Record – Andrii Govorov (UKR), 22.27 2018
Italian Record – Piero Codia, 23.21 2013

  • GOLD – Thomas Ceccon (ITA) 23.29
  • SILVER – Piero Codia (ITA) 23.38
  • BRONZE –  Luca Todesco (ITA) 23.73

Another Italian Age Record (Cadet) fell at the hands of 19-year-old Thomas Ceccon, as the teen cranked out a big lifetime best in the 50m fly. Taking the title in 23.29, Ceccon upset national record holder Piero Codia who touched a hair behind in 23.38. Luca Todesco produced 23.73 to snag bronze in tonight’s race.

Ceccon took the World Junior Championships title last year in a PB of 23.37. He had previously placed 4th in this event at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games with a time there in Buenos Aires of 23.65.

For Codia’s part, the 30-year-old seasoned swimmer’s time here isn’t too far off the 23.29 he put up in the semi-finals in Gwangju, where he wound up tied for 9th.


Sette Colli Record – Sara Isakovic (SLO), 2:07.05 2008
Italian Record – Caterina Giacchetti, 2:06.50 2009

Ilaria Cusinato took the lead of this women’s 2fly race right off the blocks and continued to maintain the top spot heading into the wall for a final time of 2:10.53.

Her time tonight is well off her own personal best of 2:08.78 from 2 years ago but was enough to give her the Italian national title ahead of Antonella Crispino (2:11.29) and Roberta Piano Del Balzo (2:11.42) who battled for the minor medal spots behind her.

Cusinato finished 9th and just out of the 2fly final in Gwangju last year, registering a time of 2:09.18 to fall just short.

Of note, the 6th place finisher in the World Championships final last year, Liliana Szilagyi of Hungary, was also in tonight’s race but finished 5th in 2:13.64.


Sette Colli Record – Marco Koch (GER), 2:07.96 2019
Italian Record – Loris Facci, 2:08.50 2009

For a man who owns a lifetime best of 2:07.47 in this 200m breast event, Marco Koch‘s 2:10.95 performance here was a little on the lackluster side. Splitting 1:04.59/1:06.36, however, Koch managed to keep the lead ahead of Edoardo Girogetti, who finished only .10 behind in 2:11.05

A time of 2:07.60 is what Koch put up in Gwangju last year to finish 5th in the final of this event, but earlier he had notched a wining time at this meet in 2:07.96 to establish a new meet record.

In January of this year, Koch, the 2015 World Champion in this event, punched a time of 2:09.81 to snag a silver medal at the FINA World Champions Series in Shenzhen, China.

Of note, the Italian national record is one of the oldest still on the books, with Loris Facci’s 2:08.50 from over a decade ago remaining untouched.


Sette Colli Record – Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 2:20.72 2018
Italian Record – Ilaria Scarcella, 2:23.32 2009

  • GOLD – Lisa Mamie (SUI) 2:24.27 *National Record
  • SILVER – Martina Carraro (ITA) 2:25.67
  • BRONZE – Fransesca Fangio (ITA) 2:25.74

Following up on her individual 100m breast national record already logged here in Rome, Swiss swimmer Lisa Mamie made it happen in this 2breast race as well.

Touching in a time of 2:24.27, Mamie sliced .20 off of her own Swiss standard of 2:24.47 she produced at the 2019 FINA World Aquatic Championships. That time from Gwangju 21-year-old in 10th place out of the semi-finals.

Runner-up tonight went to Martina Carrarowith her effort tonight of 2:25.67 checking in as a new lifetime best. Her time overtakes her previous PB of 2:25.96 she logged in Riccione last year for the Italian national title.

Francesca Fangio was next in line on the medal stand this evening in 2:25.74, the 4th fastest time of her career.


Sette Colli Record – Gabriele Detti (ITA), 1:46.78 2016
Italian Record – Filippo Megli, 1:45.67 2019

The men’s 200m free was one of the closest races here in Rome, with the top 2 finishers separated by less than .20. Turning at the 100m mark together was Marco De Tullio and Stefano Ballo, who both turned at 52.47, while Gabriele Detti was right in the mix in 52.66.

De Tullio broke free on the back half in 54.09, but Detti was fast on his hip in 54.03 to come within a fingernail. De Tullio wound up on top in 1:46.56, a new meet record, while Detti settled for silver in 1:46.69. Ballo rounded out the top 3 in 1:47.29.

De Tullio’s performance here is a breakout race for the 19-year-old, with his previous personal best resting athte 1:48.00 he put up in Rome last year. That marked just the 2nd time De Tullio has been under 1:49, with his 1:46.56 tonight making him Italy’s 4th fastest performer all-time.


Sette Colli Record – Federica Pellegrini (ITA), 1:54.55 2016
Italian Record – Federica Pellegrini, 1:52.98 2009

Multi-Olympic medalist and world record holder in this event Federica Pellegrini added a 200m free gold to her 100m free victory from yesterday here in Rome. The 32-year-old who once swore off this 200m free event touched in a time of 1:57.80 to clear the field by nearly half a second.

Coming in for silver was Belgian Valentine Dumont, who produced her 2nd national record of this meet. Hitting the wall in 1:58.29, Dumont’s time her overtook her previous NR of 1:58.35 set back in 2017. Dumont already earned a 400m PB and national record of 4:09.41 for bronze on night 1.

Russia’s Anna Egorova wrangled up bronze in 1:59.62.


Sette Colli Record – Daiya Seto (JPN), 1:57.11 20
Italian Record – Alessio Boggiatto, 1:58.33 2009

Just one man got under the 2:00 barrier in this 200m IM but it was a big one, with Alberto Razzetti taking down an over-decade old national record.

Touching in 1:58.09, Razzetti finally overtook the Italian record of 1:58.33 that Alessio Boggiatto put on the books way back in 2009. For Razzetti, the 21-year-old had never before been under 1:59, owning a previous lifetime best of 1:59.25 from last August’s Italian National Championships.

Pier Andrea Matteazzi cleared 2:01.97 for silver tonight while Massimiliano Matteazzi hit 2:02.06 for bronze.

Look for a separate post on Razzetti’s monumental record.


Sette Colli Record – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:08.28 2019
Italian Record – Ilaria Cusinato, 2:10.25 2018

A trio of Italian women got on top of the 200m IM podium tonight, led by Anna PirovanoPirovano posted a winning effort of 2:14.21 to sneak to the wall just .09 ahead of runner-up Sara Franceschi.

Costanza Cocconcelli earned bronze in 2:15.42, while the Italian national record holder in this event, Ilaria Cusinato finished off the podium in 4th.


Sette Colli Record – Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), 14:49.06 2017
Italian Record – Gregorio Paltrinieri, 14:34.04 2016

  • GOLD – Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) 14:33.10
  • SILVER – Domenico Acerenza (ITA) 14:49.98
  • BRONZE – Marc-Antoine Olivier (FRA) 15:06.29

Busting out the fastest 1500m free time of his career, Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri sizzled with a time of 14:33.10 to take the gold in the final event here at Sette Colli.

Paltrinieri held the Italian national record with the 14:34.04 he logged at the 2016 European Championships, a few months before he won gold at the Olympic Games. His old best time time also representing the European record in the event.

Flash forward to tonight and the unstoppable 25-year-old blasted the 2nd fastest performance all-time. Only Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang’s World Record of 14:31.02 from the 2012 Olympic Games has been faster.

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11 months ago

This is off topic, but I wonder if Swimswam is the only sports website that did predictions on what would have happened in the Olympics.

Fraser Thorpe
Reply to  swimfan210_
11 months ago

If anyone knows the equivalent website for track and field please share. I’ve never found anything close.

11 months ago

Marco De Tullio is the real deal. Not often you see Detti held off in a final 50 sprint. Very exciting prospect.

Reply to  Dee
11 months ago

Real deal for what?

Reply to  AnEn
11 months ago

Mid distance free. How many teens are going 1.46/3.44? Not just the times though, his freestyle is fantastic to watch. The physical ingredients are all there, and he seems to have a good mentality.

Reply to  Dee
11 months ago

So what you basically meant is that he is the future of men’s 200/400 free? In both events there are multiple guys who have been faster than him and are still young enough to keep improving for multiple years (Rapsys, Horton, Winnington, McLoughlin, Lewis, Scott, Dean). Also there are guys in both events who are younger than him and not much slower (Urlando, Zombori, Neill, Djakovic). He is a great talent and especially in the 400 free he could win a medal very soon, but i see absolutely no reason to call him the real deal when the talent gap between him and many of those other guys is slim at best. I am also surprised that a huge Tom… Read more »

Konner Scott
Reply to  AnEn
11 months ago

I don’t think Dee said De Tullio was a bigger talent than Dean… Unless I’m missing something? I see nothing wrong with being excited about the future of a young burgeoning mid-distance swimmer.

Reply to  Konner Scott
11 months ago

Well, when you say that someone is the real deal, then in my book that means that you consider him at a different talent level than the rest (otherwise you couldn’t be so sure that he will end up being better than the other guys).

Reply to  AnEn
11 months ago

I think it’s a language misunderstanding. When I say the real deal, I mean he is confirming his initial promise, I knew he was a talent, but I wanted to see his race mentality, and he showed that in bucketloads tonight.

“Someone or something that is very good and has all the qualities that people say they have”

^^ The British definition of the phrase ‘the real deal’. I think perhaps it’s used differently in the US; I basically use it when I feel somebody is showing that they can fulfil the promise they’d shown previously.

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Dee
11 months ago

American here and you are correct. For example, in the NFL we are still waiting to see if people like Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield are the “real deal”.

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  AnEn
11 months ago

Don’t know if you’re a native English speaker or not but “real deal” doesn’t imply that you are a lot better than all the other swimmers. It just means he is now established and will be a contender in the future. You are describing a “phenom” or “generational talent”.

11 months ago

Greg 7.45.41 at 800 m.., 9.42.16 at 1000 m.., 11.39.49 at 1200 m.., 14.33.10 European record!!

Reply to  nuotofan
11 months ago

Too bad that he didn’t get the world record, he deserved to hold it for some time.

11 months ago

I can’t wait to see the video of Paltrinieri’s 1500, amazing time. The 14:30 barrier will be broken in a year.

11 months ago

A smiling Paltrinieri, with little moustache, in the post-race interview confirmed that he’s so confident after the first months spent with the new way of training under coach Antonelli. What’s bizarre is that Paltrinieri has confirmed that the focus is both on the Pool and on the Open Water. Waiting for the results in the Open Water, for sure in the Pool he’s in scintillating shape!

11 months ago

Where is the most famous Italian swimmer of all time? He is not competing? You guys all know I’m talking about Santo Condorelli.

Reply to  Taa
11 months ago

He was unfortunately busy filling out the paperwork to compete for Peru next summer

Reply to  Taa
11 months ago


Reply to  Taa
11 months ago

Not that Santo, but in Italy we have many Saints.. lol

11 months ago

Also Domenico Acerenza swam his new PB and first time under 14.50 (14.49.98).

Reply to  nuotofan
11 months ago

A really good time as well.

The unoriginal Tim
11 months ago

That is some swim. Would be the world record if Sonny Boy didn’t have legal trimetazidine in 2012.

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