2021 Italian Olympic Trials: A Synopsis


With several important Olympic Trials meets taking place concurrently over the next few weeks, it’s easy to miss key storylines that emerge from these high-intensity affairs. To help you take away the important points from each meet, we’ll be publishing our summary reviews to highlight all the Tokyo-impacting details as we move along through these jam-packed weeks.

Next up is Italy, which had its Olympic selection meet a few weeks back, with another opportunity for Olympic selection at the European Championships:

National Records

  • Nicolo Martinenghi, 50 breast: 26.39
  • Nicolo Martinenghi, 100 breast: 58.37
  • Margherita Panziera, 200 back: 2:05.56
  • Martina Carraro, 100 breast: 1:05.86
  • Alberto Razzetti, 200 IM: 1:57.13

The breaststrokers were the stars, with Martinenghi breaking two men’s national records and Carraro one women’s record. Martinenghi’s 100 breast continues to rank #1 in the world for the season (ahead of world-record-holder Adam Peaty) and Carraro sits #3 worldwide.

Expected Olympic Qualifiers

Italy’s Olympic roster is mostly set – but events with an open spot can still add qualifiers via the European Championships and the Sette Colli Trophy meet. Here’s the current list of qualifiers:

  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri
  2. Simona Quadarella
  3. Nicolo Martinenghi
  4. Margherita Panziera
  5. Martina Rita Caramignoli ,
  6. Gabriele Detti ,
  7. Federica Pellegrini ,
  8. Marco De Tullio
  9. Federico Burdisso 
  10. Benedetta Pilato
  11. Thomas Ceccon
  12. Sara Franceschi
  13. Alessandro Miressi(relay 4 × 100)
  14. Martina Carraro
  15. Stefano Ballo (relay 4 × 200)
  16. Elena Di Liddo  (relay)
  17. Alberto Razzetti

Expected European Championships Qualifiers

  1. Lorenzo Zazzeri
  2. Martina Rita Caramignoli
  3. Costanza Cocconcelli
  4. Chiara Tarantino
  5. Silvia Di Pietro
  6. Pier Andrea Matteazzi
  7. Sara Franceschi
  8. Edoardo Giorgetti
  9. Margherita Panziera
  10. Gabriele Detti
  11. Marco De Tullio
  12. Simona Quadarella
  13. Federica Pellegrini
  14. Lorenzo Mora
  15. Alessandro Miressi
  16. Manuel Frigo
  17. Gregorio Paltrinieri
  18. Francesca Fangio
  19. Lisa Angiolini
  20. Federico Burdisso
  21. Nicolo Martinenghi
  22. Thomas Ceccon
  23. Alberto Razzetti
  24. Alessandro Pinzuti
  25. Martina Carraro
  26. Arianna Castiglioni
  27. Benedetta Pilato
  28. Stefania Pirozzi
  29. Sara Gailli
  30. Piero Codia
  31. Stefano Ballo
  32. Stefano Di Cola
  33. Filippo Megli
  34. Matteo Ciampi
  35. Elena Di Liddo
  36. Silvia Scalia
  37. Simone Sabbioni
  38. Ilaria Cusinato  

Other Notable Swims

  • Distance stars Gregorio Paltrinieri and Gabriele Detti were predictably great. Paltrinieri won the 800 free in a world-leading 7:41.96 and Detti the 400 free in 3:44.65.
  • On the women’s side, 2019 world champ Simona Quadarella locked in her Olympic berth, going 8:23.77 to win the 800 free.
  • 19-year-old Federico Burdisso was very strong in the 200 fly, going 1:54.41 to make the Olympics and finish just .02 off his own national record.
  • Another young fast riser is 20-year-old Thomas Ceccon, who went 48.50 for a 100 free best time.
  • Benedetta Pilato continued to star in the women’s breaststrokes. Though Carraro broke her national record, Pilato dropped time as well, going 1:06.00 in the 100 breast. The duo ranks #3 and #4 in the world this season.
  • It’s been 13 years since Federica Pellegrini last won Olympic gold in the 200 free, but she continues to remain a remarkable world threat in the event, even at the age of 32. She won the 200 free in 1:56.69 and will make yet another Olympic team.

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Swim Canada Represent
2 years ago

Santo Condorelli is without a doubt the most talented swimmer ever. Sad to see him miss the team. Hopefully he makes a rebound and wins gold in 2024. Go Italy!

Reply to  Swim Canada Represent
2 years ago

lol if he keeps swimming he’ll change countries. Any guesses? Canada is too nice and won’t say no.

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