Simona Quadrella, an up and coming Italian Swimmer , won Gold at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in the 800M Free. While her 8:35.39 is not close to Katie Ledecky’s Junior World record of 8:11.00, it still cracks the Top 50 in the World.
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.