Madison Kennedy Takes Out 17-Year Old Meet Record at Nico Sapio


American veteran Madison Kennedy took out a 17-year old Meet Record on day 2 of the 2017 Nico Sapio Trophy in Genoa, Italy – one of a slew of records at both the senior and junior level that fell on Saturday.

Kennedy swam 24.33 in the 50 free final to win gold. While that’s half-a-second slower than her best time, it’s also half-a-second faster than she swam in Bolzano last week. It dips just under the old Meet Record held by Germany’s Sandra Volker from the 2000 edition of this meet. Volker won 3 Olympic medals at the 1996 games in Atlanta and was the 1997 World Short Course Champion in this same event.

On the men’s side, the biggest record to fall was in the 200 freestyle, where 25-year old veteran Filippo Magnini swam 1:45.17. That took out his own Meet Record of 1:45.84, set a decade ago in 2007. Magnini gave an indicator of silence to the crowd, an apparent reaction to the public’s response to a controversy involving a nutritionist believed to have been involved in doping.

19-year old Simona Quadarella won the women’s 400 free in 4:05.02. An Italian youth movement performed well on day 2, with Quadarella, Tania Quaglieri, Thomas Ceccon, and Anna Pirovano all winning races as teenagers on Saturday.

That included a new Meet Record by Anna Pirovano in the women’s 400 IM, where she swam a 4:33.56 at 17-years old. That broke one of the oldest records at the Meet – a 4:37.16 done in 1998 by Yana Kolchkova of Ukraine.

Other Senior Meet Records Broken

  • Laura Letrari won the women’s 100 IM in 1:00.39 and, at 28-years old, broke the 10-year old Meet Record by more than 3 seconds. The old mark of 1:03.73 was set by Alessia Regli in 2007.
  • Fabio Scozzoli out-dueled long-time Brazilian rival Felipe Lima in the men’s 50 breaststroke 26.21-26.39. Scozzoli’s swim broke his old Meet record set last year at 26.40 (which Lima was also under). Nicolo Martinenghi took 3rd in 26.60. Scozzoli also won the 100 breaststroke over Lima, 58.28-58.52. Martinenghi finished in a close 3rd at 58.57.
  • 19-year old Lorenzo Mora won the men’s 200 back in 1:51.85. That broke another ancient Meet Record – a 1:53.32 done by American David Cromwell in 2007.
  • Siomne Sabbioni won the men’s 50 backstroke in 23.97, breaking American Randall Bal’s old Meet Record of 24.16.
  • 16-year old Thomas Ceccon won the men’s 200 IM in 1:55.75, breaking Laszlo Cseh’s Meet Record from 2015 (1:56.07). The top 3 finishers in that race were all teenagers.

Other Day 2 Winners:

  • Matteo Ciampi took the men’s 400 free title in 3:46.49.
  • Germany’s Marius Kisuch won the men’s 100 fly in 50.91, just out-touching Italy’s National Record holder Matteo Rivolta (51.07).
  • Ilaria Bianchi won the women’s 200 fly in 2:09.09.
  • American Katlheen Baker won the women’s 100 back by two-and-a-half seconds in a time of 56.67. Her countrymate Helen Moffitt took 2nd in 59.33. Baker broke a Meet Record in the 200 on Friday, but came up two-tenths short of Natalie Coughlin’s mark in this event.
  • Italian star Federica Pellegrini got her first win of the meet in Saturday’s 100 free, finishing in 53.30. Dutch swimmer Kim Busch was 2nd in 54.06 (the same position as in the 50 free).
  • Elena Di Liddo won the women’s 50 fly in 26.11.

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Scott Morgan
3 years ago

Isn’t Magnini 35, not 25 as written. (But I guess he’s been a swimming veteran for 25 years!)

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