Simona Quadarella is an Italian swimmer who has had success in the distance events. She won her first major medal at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in the 800 free.
2017 World Championships
Quadarella swam to a bronze medal finishing behind American, Katie Ledecky, and Spain’s Mireia Belmonte. While Ledecky swam away from the rest of the competition, the next 5 swimmers were within two seconds of each other through the 800M mark. By 12oo Meters, Quadarella and Belmonte were neck and neck, but Belmonte pulled away in the last 300 Meters to finish with a time of 15:50.89 to Quadarella’s 15:53.86. Her split at the 800M mark, 8:29.32, was faster than her previously listed best time 8:29.79.
2018 European Championships
In Glasgow, Simona won a trio of gold medals, sweeping the distance events from 400-1500. She won the 400 free by a narrow margin of .22 (4:03.35) but won both the 800 and 1500 by a wide margin, the 800 by over 5.5 seconds (8:16.45) and the 1500 by over 6 seconds (15:51.61).
2018 Short Course World Championships
Quadarella capped another successful year with one more international medal, beating out American Leah Smith in a wire-to-wire battle for silver in the 800 free in Hangzhou, only losing to home town hero Wang Jianjiahe.