Simona Quadarella

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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.

2019 World Championships

Quadarella won her first world title in Gwangju, taking gold in the 1,500 with a massive personal best in 15:40.89. Quadarella was back in the 800, going stroke for stroke with Katie Ledecky and leading for a good portion of the race. However, Ledecky found another gear on the last 50, and Quadarella touched for 2nd for her 2nd medal of the championships in a time of 8:14.99.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Bronze 1500 Free 2017 World Championships
Gold 1500 Free 2019 World Championships
Silver 800 Free 2019 World Championships
Silver 800 Free 2018 Short Course World Championships
Gold 400 Free 2018 European Championships
Gold 800 Free 2018 European Championships
Gold 1500 Free 2018 European Championships
Silver 800 Free 2015
Gold 800 Free 2014

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 400 Free 4:03.35 08/09/18 2018 LEN European Championships
Glasgow, Scottland
lcm 800 Free 8:14.99 07/27/19 2019 World Championships
Gwangju, South Korea
lcm 1500 Free 15:40.89 07/23/19 2019 World Championships
Gwangju, South Korea
Simona_Quadarella -2018 European Championships, courtesy of Giusy Cisale Simona_Quadarella_Christian_Minotti-2018 European Championships, courtesy of Giusy Cisale 2018 European Championships, courtesy of Giusy Cisale 2018 European Championships, courtesy of Giusy Cisale Simona Quadarella 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary (photo: Mike Lewis) Simona Quadarella 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary (photo: Mike Lewis) Simona Quadarella 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary (photo: Mike Lewis)

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