2022 Italian Spring Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

2022 ITALIAN SPRING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 3 finals of the 2022 Italian Spring Championships are here, and with them, we’ll have finals of the 200 IM and 100 free, plus timed finals of the men’s 800 free and women’s 1500 free.

The men’s 100 free in prelims this morning set up a thrilling race for tonight. Italian Record holder Alessandro Miressi swam a 48.49, potentially setting himself up to go under 48 tonight with a good swim. Lorenzo Zazzeri and Manuel Frigo were both also 48-point this morning, so it will be great to get an early look at how Italy’s World Champs 4×100 free relay is shaping up.

Gregorio Paltrinieri and Gabriele Detti are both set to race in the fastest heat of the men’s 800 free tonight, which will open up the finals session. As two of the top 800 freestylers in the world currently, we could see some head-turning early spring times from either swimmer.

Simona Quadarella will be in the women’s 1500 free, which will be the last race of the session.

MEN’S 800 FREESTYLE – TIMED FINALS

  • World Record – 7:32.12, Lin Zhang, 2009
  • European Record – 7:39.27, Gregorio Paltinieri, 2019
  • Italian Record – 7:39.27, Gregorio Paltrinieri, 2019

PODIUM:

  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri – 7:46.01
  2. Gabriele Detti – 7:48.07
  3. Luca De Tullio – 7:49.19

Gregorio Paltrinieri roared to the #1 time in the world this year, clocking a 7:46.01. That time comes in less than 4 seconds off the 7:42.11 Paltrinieri swam to win Silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last summer.

Gabriele Detti clocked the #2 time in the world with a 7:48.07. Italy flexed its distance free muscles tonight, with Luca De Tullio also cracking 7:50, swimming a 7:49.19 for 3rd.

Paltrinieri and Detti have long been one of the best distance duos in the world, and it appears they will continue to be a force as we head towards the World Championships this summer.

2021-2022 LCM Men 800 Free

BobbyUSA
Finke
06/21
7:39.36 AM
2Florian
Wellbrock
GER7:39.6306/21
3Mykhailo
Romanchuk
UKR7:40.0506/21
4Gregorio
Paltrinieri
ITA7:40.8608/13
5Lukas
Martens
GER7:41.4304/12
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Lorenzo Galossi was also under 7:50 tonight, swimming a 7:49.76 for 4th. With the swim, Galossi, 16, broke the Italian Junior Record. He’s also now closing in on the European Junior Record of 7:45.92, which is held by Franko Grgic.

WOMEN’S 200 IM – FINAL

  • World Record – 2:06.12, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  • European Record – 2:06.12, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  • Italian Record – 2:10.25, Ilaria Cusinato, 2018

PODIUM:

  1. Sara Francheschi – 2:11.94
  2. Anna Pirovano – 2:14.54
  3. Ilaria Cusinato – 2:15.45

In an upset, Italian Record holder Ilaria Cusinato came in 3rd in the final tonight, swimming a 2:15.45, a second slower than her swim this morning. It was Sara Francheschi who dominated the race, posting the fastest backstroke and freestyle splits in the field, plus the 2nd-fastest breast split.

Cusinato was out with the early lead, splitting 28.47 on fly, but she then swam an uncharacteristically slow backstroke split of 35.24, which was 6th in the field. Meanwhile, Francheschi swam 28.88 on fly, then backed it up with a 33.62 on backstroke. She was then able to tack on a 37.66 breast split, and brought it home in 31.78 on free.

Anna Pirovano took 2nd in 2:14.54, pulling ahead of Cusinato on the backstroke leg, then slightly out-splitting her on both breast and free.

MEN’S 200 IM – FINAL

  • World Record – 1:54.00, Ryan Lochte, 2011
  • European Record – 1:55.18, Laszlo Cseh, 2009
  • Italian Record – 1:57.13, Alberto Razzetti, 2021

PODIUM:

  1. Alberto Razzetti – 1:58.70
  2. Lorenzo Glessi – 2:00.54
  3. Pier Andrea Matteazzi – 2:00.91

National record holder Alberto Razzetti was off his record mark of 1:57.13, which he swam at this meet last year, but still put up a great swim, clocking a 1:58.70. The swim puts Razzetti #14 in the world this year. He was excellent on the back half of the race, splitting 33.81 on breaststroke and 28.45 on freestyle, for a 1:02.26 on the final 100.

Lorenzo Glessi was out the fastest in the field, splitting 25.43 on fly and 30.30 on back, both of which were the fastest splits in the field. Although he was 55.73 on the first 100, 0.71 seconds ahead of Razzetti, he was unable to hold that lead through the 2nd half of the race. Splitting 35.23 on breast and 29.58 on free, he came home in 1:04.81 on the final 100.

WOMEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record – 51.71, Sarah Sjostrom, 2017
  • European Record – 51.71, Sarah Sjostrom, 2017
  • Italian Record – 53.18, Federica Pellegrini, 2016

PODIUM:

  1. Silvia Di Pietro – 54.91 (TIE)
  2. Chiara Tarantino – 54.91 (TIE)
  3. Giulia Verona – 55.12

We have a tie for 1st in the women’s 100 free, with both Silvia Di Pietro and Chiara Tarantino clocking in at 54.91. Di Pietro had established a slim early lead, flipping in 26.42 on the first 50, just ahead of Taratino’s 26.65. Coming home in 28.26 to Di Pietro’s 28.49, Tarantino managed to edge back even with Di Pietro, ultimately resulting in a tie.

Giulia Verona took 3rd in 55.12, posting the fastest 2nd 50 split in the field (28.25).

MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record – 46.91, Cesar Cielo, 2009
  • European Record – 47.11, Kliment Kolesnikov, 2021
  • Italian Record – 47.45, Alessandro Miressi, 2021

PODIUM:

  1. Alessandro Miressi – 47.88
  2. Lorenzo Zazzeri – 48.45
  3. Manuel Frigo – 48.50

In a phenomenal final of the men’s 100 free, Alessandro Miressi tied the #1 time in the world this year with a blistering 47.88. The swim comes in just off his Italian Record of 47.45, which he swam last summer. He was out fast, splitting 22.84 on the first 50, then coming home in 25.04.

2021-2022 LCM Men 100 Free

DavidROU
Popovici
08/13
46.86 WR
2Kyle
Chalmers
AUS47.3607/31
3Kristof
Milak
HUN47.4708/13
4Maxime
Grousset
FRA47.5406/21
5Josh
Liendo
CAN47.5506/21
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Lorenzo Zazzeri clocked a 48.45, marking his fastest time of the year and the #13 time in the world this year. Manuel Frigo swam a tightly split race, going out in 23.47 on the first 50, then coming home in a field-leading 25.03.

It was an incredible field tonight, as Leonardo Deplano (48.68), Filippo Megli (48.77), and Thomas Ceccon (48.79) were also under 49 seconds.

WOMEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE – TIMED FINALS

  • World Record – 15:20.48, Katie Ledecky, 2018
  • European Record – 15:38.88, Lotte Friis, 2013
  • Italian Record – 15:40.89, Simona Quadarella, 2019

PODIUM:

  1. Simona Quadarella – 15:59.32
  2. Martina Rita Caramignoli – 16:08.03
  3. Ginevra Taddeucci – 16:20.39

Italian Record holder Simona Quadarella posted a solid spring time of 15:59.32, making the 4th woman in the world this year to break 16:00 int he 1500, and landing her at #4 in the world ranks currently as well. She was out closer to her 15:40 Italian Record pace, swimming a 5:15.04 (15:45.12 pace) on the first 500m of the race, bit wasn’t able to hold that pace through the middle of the race. On the 2nd 500m, Quadarella swam a 5:23.75, and she was 5:20.58 on the final 500m of the race.

2021-2022 LCM Women 1500 Free

KatieUSA
Ledecky
06/20
15:30.15
2Katie
Grimes
USA15:44.8906/20
3Lani
Pallister
AUS15:48.9606/20
4Simona
Quadarella
ITA15:54.1508/15
5Moesha
Johnson
AUS15:55.7506/20
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Martina Rita Caramignoli also had a nice race tonight, swimming a 16:08.03 to put herself firmly in 2nd.

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Luigi
5 months ago

Unless our national team coaches are going to make discretionary exceptions to the QT rules, I can only assume that the Italian Federation cares more about Euro 2022 (where we will be the hosting nation) than about Worlds. That’s the only explanation I can give about the ridiculously fast QTs for Worlds.

Leor74
5 months ago

If i’m not wrong, Galossi set by almost 10 seconds the world age record in 800 free for boys aged 15.

Luigi
5 months ago

I think Miressi just clocked the world’s current fastest time in the 100 free, 47.88 (top spot shared with Burras, perhaps?)

nuotofan
Reply to  Luigi
5 months ago

Yes, definitely. And Miressi was pleased by his time in the post-race interview (he never swam so fast in April). Other news: by one hundredth of a second Paltrinieri isn’t officially qualified for Worlds (it looks crazy, but so it is): there are still the 1500 free to qualify Paltrinieri for Budapest June Worlds (where he obviously will race also in the 800). Razzetti clearly unsatisfied by his time in the 200 IM. Overall, the main target of many Italian swimmers are the European Champs in Rome

Last edited 5 months ago by nuotofan
olivy
Reply to  nuotofan
5 months ago

#1 in the world and not officially qualified. Good job for setting these ridiculous QTs.

Gio
Reply to  olivy
5 months ago

They usually set the QT time and then consider it done if you are +0.01/+0.09 on it though, so he should be considered officially qualified?

nuotofan
Reply to  Gio
5 months ago

That was the rule in the past but Paltrinieri in the after-medals interview said that QT (7.46.00) was to be considered at the hundredths of a second.

Gio
Reply to  nuotofan
5 months ago

Was at the venue today so I didn’t know. But Rai’s commies the other day said it was the same as usual (with the 0.01/0.09 thing). Either way I doubt they will make an actual fuss about hundredths of a second xD

Lewis
5 months ago

Galossi 7’49” in 800, italian record junior. dropped about 10 seconds from his previous best time

Last edited 5 months ago by Lewis
Leorom74
Reply to  Lewis
5 months ago

Really impressing, his first 800 in a major competition. He was in lane 1, far from Paltrinieri and Detti. Probably he would have dropped a better time in a different lane.

nuotofan
Reply to  Lewis
5 months ago

Yes, Galossi and Luca De Tullio (born in 2003, younger brother of Marco De Tullio) negative-splitted the race, perhaps a bit too conservative in the front-half (3.55.95 De Tullio, 3.56.02 Galossi). Another strong duo in the making after Paltrinieri-Detti (and there is also Bertoni, same age of Galossi, at 8.01)

jfigols
Reply to  nuotofan
5 months ago

And if not wrong they all train together with Minotti

PFA
Reply to  Lewis
5 months ago

4 seconds off the WJR.