2024 Italian Olympic Trials: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2024 ITALIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS

Wednesday’s finals session from the Italian Olympic Trials will feature five events with Paris qualification on the line along with a pair of 50s to kick things off and the 800 free relay to close things out.

Among the five individual Olympic events on today’s schedule, only two swimmers have solidified a spot in one of those in Paris thus far, neither of which will be racing tonight:

Qualifying began at the Absolute Championships in November and was also on the line at the 2024 Worlds in Doha.

On Day 1, Lisa Angiolini, the top seed in tonight’s 200 breast, won the women’s 100 breast and qualified for the Paris Games.

WOMEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE – FINAL

  • Italian Record: 27.39, Silvia Scalia – 2022 European Championships
  1. Silvia Scalia, 28.06
  2. Sara Curtis, 28.10
  3. Anita Gastaldi, 28.54
  4. Erika Francesca GaetaniFederica Toma, 28.65
  5. Francesca Pasquino, 28.72
  6. Chiara Gattafoni, 28.88
  7. Giada Gorlier, 29.02

Italian Record holder Silvia Scalia picked up a narrow victory over up-and-comer Sara Curtis in the opening event of the night, as Scalia clocked 28.06 in the women’s 50 back to edge out the runner-up by four one-hundredths.

Scalia set the national mark of 27.39 at the 2022 European Championships, but tonight’s swim still represents her second-fastest showing (tied) since the start of 2023. Her only outing that was faster was the 28.04 she produced last April.

Curtis, 17, re-lowered the Cadet level record she set in the prelims of 28.21, clocking 28.10. In the heats, Curtis’ swim took down Costanza Cocconcelli‘s former record of 28.36 that had been on the books since 2019.

Anita Gastaldi moved up three spots from the prelims to take 3rd, clocking 28.54, with her lifetime best sitting at 28.38.

MEN’S 50 BUTTERFLY – FINAL

  • Italian Record: 22.68, Thomas Ceccon – 2023 World Championships
  1. Lorenzo Gargani, 23.41
  2. Luca Todesco, 23.78
  3. Piero Codia, 23.82
  4. Daniele Momoni, 23.86
  5. Alberto Razzetti, 23.88
  6. Giulio Meniconi, 23.90
  7. Elia Codardini, 23.95
  8. Edoardo Valsecchi, 23.98

Lorenzo Gargani topped the men’s 50 fly field by a relatively wide margin in a time of 23.41, narrowly missing his lifetime best of 23.38 set in 2022.

Including his prelim swim of 23.46, Gargani hs now been sub-23.5 eight times, including winning silver at last year’s World University Games (23.39).

Luca Todesco scored a runner-up finish in 23.78 as swimmers 2nd through 8th were separated by just two tenths. That performance fell just short of his PB of 23.73 set in 2020.

Veteran Piero Codia, who turned 34 in October, solidified the 3rd position in a time of 23.82, with his lifetime best of 23.21 having been more than a decade ago at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. In 2023, his fastest swim came in at 23.53.

WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – FINAL

  • Italian Record: 57.04, Elena Di Liddo – 2019 World Championships
  • Italian Olympic Standard: 57.4 (57.49)
  • Olympic ‘A’ Cut: 57.92
  • Olympic ‘B’ Cut: 58.21
  1. Costanza Cocconcelli, 57.77
  2. Ilaria Bianchi, 58.05
  3. Sonia Laquintana, 59.39
  4. Paola Borrelli, 59.61
  5. Elenda Di Liddo, 59.71
  6. Elena Capretta, 1:00.05
  7. Anita Bottazzo, 1:00.32
  8. Giulia Caprai, 1:00.38

After setting a personal best of 58.65 in the prelims, Costanza Cocconcelli obliterated that mark in the final of the women’s 100 fly, closing in 30.39 to solidify the victory in a time of 57.77.

The swim for the 22-year-old moves her up to #3 all-time among Italians, having entered the day ranked 8th with her previous PB of 58.83. She came within three-tenths of the Italian Olympic standard (57.49), but did get under the Olympic ‘A’ cut of 57.92.

Ilaria Bianchi, 34, took the runner-up position in 58.05, her fastest swim since the Tokyo Olympics. Bianchi set her lifetime best of 57.22 at the 2018 European Championships, and has represented Italy at the last four Olympics, having made her debut at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Sonia Laquintana led the field through the first 50 in 27.18, and despite fading with a closing 50 of 32.21, still held off Paola Borrelli for 3rd in 59.61, with Borrelli coming home in 31.52 for a final time of 59.61.

Laquintana owns a best of 58.85, while Borrelli’s sits at 59.45 from the 2022 European Juniors.

MEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE – FINAL

  • Italian Record: 51.60, Thomas Ceccon – 2022 World Championships
  • Italian Olympic Standard: 53.2 (53.29)
  • Olympic ‘A’ Cut: 53.74
  • Olympic ‘B’ Cut: 54.01
  1. Michele Lamberti, 53.56
  2. Christian Bacico, 53.97
  3. Matteo Brunella, 54.04
  4. Matteo Restivo, 54.21
  5. Lorenzo Mora, 54.75
  6. Daniele Del Signore, 55.13
  7. Mattia Morello, 55.39
  8. Jacopo Nuca, 55.73

Michele Lamberti used a sizzling opening 50 to soar to a new lifetime best and the victory in the men’s 100 back, touching in 53.56.

The 23-year-old established his previous best of 53.73 last month at the World Championships in Doha, where he placed 11th. Prior to that, Lamberti went 53.76 in November 2023, which was his first time sub-54 after winning silver at the World University Games in August in a time of 54.02.

Despite getting under the Olympic ‘A’ cut of 53.74, Lamberti fell short of the Italian standard of 53.29.

Reigning World Juniors bronze medalist Christian Bacico had the fastest second 50 in the field (27.57) to run down Matteo Brunella and place 2nd, clocking 53.97 to mark his first time officially under the 54-second threshold.

Bacico, 18, led off Italy’s mixed medley relay at World Juniors in 53.90, though his best time officially stood at 54.08 prior to today.

Brunella repeated his finish in the 50 back by taking 3rd in 54.04, crushing his previous best time of 54.66 set in the prelims. Prior to the heats, his PB stood at 54.83.

Matteo Restivo, 29, took just over a tenth off his personal best to take 4th, while short course standout Lorenzo Mora was 5th in 54.75.

WOMEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – FINAL

  • Italian Record: 2:23.06, Francesca Fangio – 2021 Sette Colli Trophy
  • Italian Olympic Standard: 2:23.1 (2:23.19)
  • Olympic ‘A’ Cut: 2:23.91
  • Olympic ‘B’ Cut: 2:24.63
  1. Francesca Fangio, 2:23.90
  2. Lisa Angiolini, 2:24.71
  3. Martina Carraro, 2:25.60
  4. Giulia Verona, 2:28.06
  5. Alessia Ferraguti, 2:29.10
  6. Giorgia Crepaldi, 2:29.75
  7. Anna Pirovano, 2:31.07
  8. Francesca Zucca, 2:31.36

Tokyo Olympian Francesca Fangio pulled away from Lisa Angiolini down the stretch to claim the win in the final of the women’s 200 breast, clocking 2:23.90 to dip under the Olympic ‘A’ cut by .01.

Fangio, 28, owns the Italian National Record of 2:23.06 set in 2021, and her swim tonight marks her fifth time eclipsing the 2:24 barrier. It also moves her into 9th in the 2023-24 world rankings.

Angiolini, who qualified for Paris in the 100 breast on Tuesday, broke 2:25 for the first time in 2:24.71, touching 2nd over Martina Carraro (2:25.60) thanks to the third 50 where Angiolini out-split her by nearly eight-tenths.

Swimming out in Lane 1, Giulia Verona produced her fastest swim since in nearly seven years to place 4th in 2:28.06. Verona’s best time of 2:25.81 was set in April 2017, and she hadn’t broken 2:30 since 2017 until tonight.

MEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – FINAL

  • Italian Record: 58.26, Nicolo Martinenghi – 2022 World Championships/2022 European Championships
  • Italian Olympic Standard: 59.1 (59.19)
  • Olympic ‘A’ Cut: 59.49
  • Olympic ‘B’ Cut: 59.79
  1. Federico Poggio, 59.46
  2. Ludovico Blu Art Viberti, 59.75
  3. Simone Cerasuolo, 59.80
  4. Alessandro Pinzuti, 1:00.20
  5. Gabriele Mancini, 1:00.56
  6. Luca Moni, 1:01.23
  7. Cosimo Bugli, 1:01.59
  8. Christian Mantegazza, 1:01.60

Three men battled to the wall in the final of the 100 breast, with Federico Poggio coming out on top in 59.46 as all three went under a minute.

Poggio, who represented Italy in the event at the Tokyo Olympics, finished well short of his personal best of 58.73 set last year, though he does get under the Olympic ‘A’ cut—albeit not the Italian standard—to open the door for a discretionary pick for Paris alongside Nicolo Martinenghi.

Ludovico Blu Art Viberti out-split everyone (Poggio by just three one-hundredths) on the back half in 31.86 to snag the runner-up spot from Simone Cerasuolo, who led the field at the 50 in 27.54.

Viberti touched in 59.75, with Cerasuolo just behind in 59.80. Viberti and Cerasuolo both set new personal best times in November, with Viberti clocking 59.38 and Cerasuolo 59.54.

Alessandro Pinzuti was exactly one second over his PB in 1:00.20 for 4th.

Slovenian veteran Peter John Stevens was notably racing in the ‘B’ final, leading the heat through the first 50 in 28.56 before touching 8th and 16th overall in 1:03.40.

WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • Italian Record: 1:52.98, Federica Pellegrini – 2009 World Championships
  • Italian Olympic Standard: 1:57.0 (1:57.09)
  • Olympic ‘A’ Cut: 1:57.26
  • Olympic ‘B’ Cut: 1:57.85
  1. Sofia Morini, 1:58.64
  2. Simona Quadarella, 1:58.82
  3. Sara Gailli, 1:59.48
  4. Giulia D’Innocenzo, 1:59.51
  5. Matilde Biagiotti, 2:00.09
  6. Anna Chiara Mascolo, 2:00.21
  7. Linda Caroni, 2:00.62
  8. Antonietta Cesarno, 2:00.98

There was a bit of outside smoke in the final of the women’s 200 free, as Sofia Morini scored the victory out of Lane 6 and Simona Quadarella pulled out a new best time from Lane 1 to snag 2nd.

Morini led from the jump, and despite being one of the three swimmers in the final to come home over 31 seconds, still held off Quadarella to touch 1st in 1:58.64, dipping under her previous best of 1:58.80 set in November.

Quadarella sat in 7th at the halfway mark but moved up on the third lap (30.30) and then was the only swimmer to close sub-30 in 29.60, coming just shy of running down in Morini in 1:58.82. That swim knocks .01 off her previous best time set in 2019.

Sara Gailli (1:59.48) ran down top seed Giulia D’Innocenzo (1:59.51) to set a new best time and crack 2:00 for the first time, potentially putting her in the mix for the women’s 800 free relay in Paris.

D’Innocenzo was Italy’s fastest swimmer in the event in 2023, having gone 1:58.23 at the Sette Colli Trophy.

MEN’S 4×200 FREESTYLE RELAY – TIMED FINAL

  • Italian Record: 7:02.01 – 2019 World Championships
  1. Centro Sportivo Esercito, 7:11.11
  2. Centro Sportivo Carabinieri, 7:11.30
  3. Circolo Canottieri Aniene, 7:15.04

Filippo Megli made some noise in the men’s 800 free relay, opening up the Centro Sportivo Carabinieri squad with a lead-off leg of 1:45.91, narrowly missing his 200 free National Record of 1:45.67 set in 2019.

The time for Megli falls two one-hundredths shy of the Italian Olympic qualifying time in the 200 free (1:45.89).

Megli was followed by Alessandro Ragaini, who dropped a 1:46.19 split to put the Carabinieri squad nearly four seconds clear of the next-fastest team, Centro Sportivo Esercito.

The Esercito squad had a consistent team, all splitting within 1.13 seconds of each other. After they were led off by Giovanni Caserta in a PB of 1:47.39, Gabriele Detti split 1:48.52 and then Matteo Ciampi clocked 1:47.15, pulling them ahead of Carbinieri, which had a 1:51.10 third leg from Pasquale Sanzullo.

On the anchor, Esercito’s Davide Marchello split 1:48.05 to hold off Carbinieri’s Matteo Lamberti (1:48.10) and win the relay in a time of 7:11.11, with Carabinieri less than two-tenths back in 7:11.11.

In 3rd, Circolo Canotteri Aniene had three men split 1:48.2 to finish in 7:15.04. That included a 1:48.22 lead-off from Marco de Tullio.

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Troyy
3 months ago

The women’s 200 breast NR is pretty weak for a country that produces so many fast 100 breaststrokers.

nuotofan
Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

True, on the men side as well

John26
3 months ago

Is Ceccon entered in any events this week? He’s obviously qualified for the 100back, but presumably he’ll want to swim a second event at the Olympics?

Davide
Reply to  John26
3 months ago

He’s in the entry list for the 100 free, 100 fly, 200 IM and 200back, but he won’t swim everything

Brit swim fan
Reply to  John26
3 months ago

If he is still injured then he might target the sette colli meet in June that also acts as a qualification meet for Italy.

Sub13
Reply to  Brit swim fan
3 months ago

So are some pre-selected or could you literally think you’re on the team and get bumped by random breakout swim in June?

Brit swim fan
Reply to  Sub13
3 months ago

Not sure! I’ve asked the same question below!

Luigi
Reply to  Brit swim fan
3 months ago

It is a Byzantine and intricate system, hard to untangle for anyone. And I am Italian.

nuotofan
Reply to  Sub13
3 months ago

No. First chance to qualify at Olympics was at Winter Nats (end of November 2023) with severe TLs, second chance between Doha Worlds and these Spring Nats with less severe TLs (but faster than OQTs), third chance at Settecolli (21-23 June 2024) not only for the relays but also for the individual races if there will be (and there will be) still free Olympic slots: times equal or faster than OQTs will be considered to integrate the Italian Olympic team due to discretionary choices of Technical Office.

Editor
Reply to  Sub13
3 months ago

No, Sette Colli is only for slots not already filled.

nuotofan
Reply to  Brit swim fan
3 months ago

In the 100 back Ceccon qualified for Paris Olympics at Winter Nats (end of November 2023). At Tokyo Olympics he swam the 100 free as his second individual event and probably he’ll try to qualify for Paris 100 free as well, but his focus is on the 100 back.

Last edited 3 months ago by nuotofan
gitech
Reply to  John26
3 months ago

He said that Will do 100 free, It is his interest

John26
Reply to  gitech
3 months ago

Interesting. Seems like the 100fly is relatively open for medals and given his credentials he’d be able to pop off a 50low. Whereas the 47lows is becoming very crowded

rhode
Reply to  gitech
3 months ago

I think he has to do the 100 free if he wants an individual spot in this event? Miressi’s spot is already secured. Frigo hit the TL at Doha Worlds. For Ceccon, the only way to get an individual spot is to swim at trials and beat everyone who’s not named Miressi, with a time faster than what Frigo did at Doha.

Last edited 3 months ago by rhode
AustralianSwimming
3 months ago

Given the absence of some of their star swimmers, I’m assuming participation in the competition isn’t mandatory for selection for Paris?

Brit swim fan
Reply to  AustralianSwimming
3 months ago

So the Italian swimmers actually have 4 opportunities to qualify for Paris.

They had a winter nationals last November, Doha, this meet and the sette colli in June. Lots of flexibility for their swimmers which meets to target.

Brit swim fan
3 months ago

A general question on olympic trials.

If more than 2 swimmers meet the respective nation’s qualification time then who gets selected? Is it first come, first serve or is it then a discretionionary decision of the national swimming body who they end up selecting?

Torchbearer
Reply to  Brit swim fan
3 months ago

What happens…. I suspect a mess and lots of tears.

AsianAussieAmerican
3 months ago

So many swimmers tonight made Olympic A cut but not Italian Olympic Standard. Is the selection discretionary as well?

JimSwim22
Reply to  James Sutherland
3 months ago

Under Olympic A or B?

nuotofan
Reply to  James Sutherland
3 months ago

Sorry for your guru but it isn’t correct considering the Italian Swimming regulation: Le prestazioni migliori o uguali all’Olympic Qualifying Time di World Aquatics, ottenute durante il Trofeo Settecolli 2024 nelle distanze di gara con posti ancora liberi, potranno essere utilizzate per il completamento della squadra olimpica, a seguito di valutazione discrezionale della Direzione Tecnica sottoposta all’approvazione del Consiglio Federale. Translation: times equal or faster than OQTs swum at Settecolli 2024 in races with still free Olympic slots may be used to integrate the Olympic team, due to discretionary choices of Technical Office

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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