2021 Sette Colli Trophy Day 3 Finals Recap

58TH SETTE COLLI TROPHY

WOMEN’S 50 FREE – TIMED FINAL

To say the women’s 50m free final here in Rome was stacked is an understatement, as the reigning Olympic champion Pernille Blume was in the water alongside reigning world record holder in the event, Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden.

2012 double Olympic gold medalist Ranomi Kromowidjojo was in the contest, with her teammate and yesterday’s 100m free champion Femke Heemskerk.

It was Blume who topped the podium in 24.17 with Sjostrom, fresh off her fly swims here post-elbow surgery and rehab, placed 2nd in 24.25. Kromo rounded out the top 3 in 24.36.

Heemskerk was 5th in 24.69 with another Swede, yesterday’s 100m backstroke silver medalist, Michelle Coleman, sneaking into 4th place in 24.58.

MEN’S 200 BACK – TIMED FINAL

  • GOLD – Matteo Restivo (ITA), 1:56.59
  • SILVER – Nicolas Garcia Saiz (ESP), 1:57.83
  • BRONZE – Lorenzo Mora (ITA), 1:57.90

Nothing too crazy happened in the men’s 200m back, as host nation swimmer Matteo Restivo topped the field in 1:56.59, a solid effort nonetheless. That beat the field by over a second, with Spaniard Nicolas Garcia posting 1:57.83 for runner-up.

Fellow Italian Lorenzo Mora snagged bronze in 1:57.90.

A time of 1:56.90 is what the Italian Swimming Federation requires to qualify for Tokyo, which is a mark no Italian male has met with today as the last qualification day for Tokyo.

WOMEN’S 200 BACK – TIMED FINAL

  • GOLD – Margherita Panziera (ITA), 2:08.08
  • SILVER – Aviv Barzelay (ISR), 2:10.76
  • BRONZE – Federica Toma (ITA), 2:11.14

The Italian national record holder in this event, Margherita Panziera topped the podium easily tonight, hitting 2:08.08. She owns a career fastest time of 2:05.56 from the Italian Championships this past March, a mark that renders her qualified for next month’s Olympic Games.

We reported how Israel’s Aviv Barzelay, committed to Texas A &M University, punched a new national mark in this event, with her 2:10.76 overtaking the previous standard held by teen star Anastasia Gorbencko. You can read more about her record-setting performance here.

MEN’S 50 FLY – TIMED FINAL

  • GOLD – Andrii Govorov  (UKR), 23.19
  • SILVER – Thomas Ceccon (ITA), 23.41
  • BRONZE – Noe Ponti (SUI), 23.53

World record holder Andrii Govorov of Ukraine was the top male in the 50m fly tonight, hitting 23.19 to hold off host nation swimmer Thomas Ceccon.

Ceccon came within .20 of the national record with his silver medal-worthy 23.41, while Swiss ace Noe Pointi wrangled up bronze in 23.53 to close out a successful meet for the NC State commit.

WOMEN’S 200 BUTTERFLY – TIMED FINAL

  • GOLD – Alessia Polieri (ITA), 2:08.80
  • SILVER – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:09.19
  • BRONZE – Ilaria Cusinato (ITA), 2:09.70

26-year-old Olympian from Rio, Alessia Polieri, got her hand on the wall first in this 200m fly, clocking 2:08.80. She owns a career-best of 2:07.49 from the 2016 European Championships. A time of 2:9.58 is what she produced for 5th at the 2019 Summer Universiade (World University Games).

Hungarian Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu was in the race, placing just .39 behind Polieri in 2:09.19 while Ilaria Cusinato, who used to train with Hosszu’s ex-husband Shane Tusup, clocked 2:09.70 for bronze.

Of note, Olympic champion Mireia Belmonte of Spain placed 14th in 2:13.63.

MEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – TIMED FINAL

  • GOLD – Arno Kamminga (NED), 2:07.63 *Meet Record
  • SILVER – Luca Pizzini (ITA), 2:10.12
  • BRONZE – Marco Koch (GER), 2:10.45

Dutch maestro Arno Kamminga was a one-man show in this 200m breaststroke, firing off a monster effort of 2:07.63. As fast as the 24-year-old was, he’s been even quicker this season, owning the #2 time in the world in 2:06.85.  He’ll be one of the major players in this event next month in Tokyo.

MEN’S 200 FREE – TIMED FINAL

  • GOLD – Kristof Milak (HUN), 1:46.39 *Meet Record
  • SILVER – Murilo Setin Sartori (BRA), 1:46.81
  • BRONZE – Stefano Di Cola (ITA), 1:46.80

The reigning world record holder in the 200m fly, Kristof Milak of Hungary, got it done for gold in 1:46.39, a new meet record. Behind him was Brazilian Murilo Sartori, who checked in at 1:46.81, just .01 ahead of fellow Italian Stefano Di Cola‘s 1:46.80.

We’ll see what the Italian Swimming Federation finalizes for the 800m free relay for Tokyo based on Di Cola’s performance here.

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Rafael
2 months ago

This was sartori first time under 1:47

Troyy
2 months ago

Sjostrom would’ve won US trials with that 24.25

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

It’s not fair to US sprinters to compare.
Timed final here vs 3 rounds at the end of a long week at olympic trials.
But 24.25 not tapered is still impressive.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
2 months ago

Slight difference in stakes as well.

Aquajosh
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
2 months ago

It’s not the first time she did it though. The day before, she swam the 100 fly in 57.6 and then not more than an hour later swam a 100 free in a time that would have also won US Trials.

Alberto Carramiñana
2 months ago

A typo somewhere in the 200 free men, unless a slightly higher time deserved a better place.

Rafael
Reply to  Alberto Carramiñana
2 months ago

Di cola was 1:46:84

Arno4eva
2 months ago

The 2 brst at the Olympics is gunna be the most hype event for sure, got multiple nations with 206 207 low swimmers.
Routin for Arno though, ever since the sspc he did with ya’ll.

Philip Johnson
2 months ago

My man Milak. He’s got a high 1:44 in him I think.

Max Hardie
Reply to  Philip Johnson
2 months ago

And below 50 in 100 fly, he is a super talent!

TerryO
2 months ago

And thanks to Mr. Sós, this Milák not gonna race in 200 free.
And not even swim 200 free, without him Hungary has ZERO PERCENTAGE to make the finals in 4×200 free relay

octopus
Reply to  TerryO
2 months ago

Milak, IMHO understandably, does not want to risk the 2 and 1 fly chances. He can always be put on the relay depending on the need and schedule etc.

TerryO
Reply to  octopus
2 months ago

In the 200 butterfly on the WR and 1:50 is the question, not the gold. In 100 fly Dressel is impossible.
Phelps won a medal in the 200 free in 2004, Milak would have a great chance even for the final, where ha could have been the dark horse.
Mr. Sós is the hungarian swimming team headcoach, he banned him from competing. Milak put in a good effort since last december to race in 200 free, he is very angry (not even a smile after todays swim).

Pvdh
Reply to  TerryO
2 months ago

Milak is amazing but at the end of the day, he is not Michael Phelps. Nobody is focusing on 1/2 Fly where is is massive gold favorite in 200 and large silver favorite in 100 is the right move.

Troyy
Reply to  Pvdh
2 months ago

Would you support the American headcoach blocking swimmers from competing in individual events they’ve qualified for?

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

Of course he wouldn’t

USA is always exception to PVDH double standards.

Max Hardie
Reply to  Pvdh
2 months ago

MIlak will be under 50 and even when Dressel is still the favorite, he will need a good race (i.e. don’t miss the wall), otherwise there could be a surprise. Milak has more final speed than Dressel in fly, as Chalmers does in free,

choosy
Reply to  TerryO
2 months ago

Nobody banned him from competeing. it was the common decision of coach Selmeci and Milák. He is not ready yet for the 200 free, the field is packed with godd swimmers. He wants to get his first olympic gold (200 fly), and silver (100 fly), he is focusing on these races. After this project is done, he will swimm 100, 200 and maybe 400 free int the near future.

TerryO
Reply to  choosy
2 months ago

I dont think through, he totally want it for sure. The Paris 2024 swimming scheudle will be the same, so the 200 free and 200 fly will be a problem.
100 free is a good distance for him, but their its true that he doesnt have too much experince, but its already not true for the 200.
While the 400 free, he has a great ability to swim that distance as well, but the hungarian swimming knowledge for that event is nowhere near as good as on the women side.

Gergő Kis, Péter Bernek and Gábor Zombori swam that event ever in the region of 3:45/3:46, but that time is 3 seconds slowet than the elites.

Luigi
Reply to  TerryO
2 months ago

I never heard that a headcoach could prevent someone from competing in an individual event he qualified for.

Last edited 2 months ago by Luigi
TerryO
Reply to  Luigi
2 months ago

Just hungarian staff, happens in every olympic year, but mostly in other sports like kayaking or fencing.

Troyy
Reply to  Luigi
2 months ago

The final say on who competes at the Olympics falls to the national federations and this includes which events they compete in.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

The only fair nation in this regard is the USA. They take the first two at trials and that is the end of the discussion. Odd because we tend to paint European nations as fairer and more just with regard to healthcare, politics, etc.

Octopus
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

Milak himself told before the Euro that he would try a full menu on the Euro, but not on the Olympics. To my understanding Hungary has 2 more A swimmer in 200 free who are entered by the Hungarian Federation. In the US system the swimmer’s decision which events he/she swims on OT, he or she can only be adviced against taking up too much. Who knows, Regan Smiths might have been better off if she is “banned” for the OT fly.

TerryO
Reply to  Octopus
2 months ago

Yeah, Kozma, who nowhere near the A level in 2 years, he just swum a 1:50,6 yesterday.
And Nándor Németh, who trains for the 100 free.
None of them gonne reach the top25, not even the semis.

Aquajosh
2 months ago

24.8 a few weeks ago, 24.2 today. Sjostrom is incredible. With her leg-heavy workouts this year, she could benefit a lot more than usual from tapering this time around.

Nick
2 months ago

Coleman has impressed me this week, first time under a minute in 100bk, and first time sub 54 this season. Her 24.5 was with a long finish, and only 0.04 what she went at Euro’s. However, she will need to drop .2-3 to make the final at the Olympics I reckon.

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