FINIS Sponsors Elite Open Water Swimmer Nicoletta Simonazzi

FINIS, a world leader in technical swimming products that maximize your swimming potential and technique, announces the two-year sponsorship of athlete, Nicoletta Simonazzi.  The Italian open water swimmer’s career skyrocketed in 2009 when she competed and won the prestigious Straight of Messina crossing race in Italy, a 5.2k race.

Nicoletta Simonazzi, FINIS Athlete

Currently, Simonazzi has her sights set on earning a spot in the 2013 open water 25k World Championships and European Championships.

After Simonazzi’s big win in 2009, she began focusing on International competitions, such as the World Cup and FINA Grand Prix series.  There, she saw huge improvements in placement and started to climb the Grand Prix leaderboard.  In 2010, Simonazzi placed 3rd at the Sabac Marathon, and 7th in the Grand Prix world rankings.   In 2011, she struggled with a physical injury, but despite the setback, she still managed to finish 5th at Capri-Napoli, 7th at Santa Fe-Coronda, and climbed a spot in the world rankings to 6th in the Grand Prix series.  Last year, Simonazzi focused on her training and finished 5th in the Capri-Napoli Marathon.

This year, Simonazzi has her goal set on the World and European Championships and has a successful year of training behind her.  She now strives to be a top contender at the events.

The 23-year-old is from Gualtieri, Italy, and enjoys watching basketball and dancing.  FINIS is very excited to welcome such a graceful and accomplished athlete, and is looking forward to Simonazzi’s success in the coming years.


Founded in 1993 in Northern California, FINIS was started by John Mix and Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Pablo Morales. The Monofin and the Swimmer’s Snorkel were the first products they developed for the US market; afterwards, they continued to focus on creating training tools for swimmers and coaches worldwide. FINIS products are currently available in over 65 countries and are used by US and International Olympic teams, elite triathletes, and fitness swimmers.

Innovative research and design is FINIS’ highest priority. This dedication has resulted in truly unique products such as: the Swimmer’s Snorkel, which is recognized as the paramount tool to improve a swimmer’s technique, the SwiMP3 that uses bone conduction technology to play music instead of using ear buds, and the Z2 Zoomers fins, which demonstrate an intimate understanding of swimming musculature, hydrodynamics, and engineering.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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