22-year-old Martina Rita Caramignoli went 16:11.70 to win the women’s 1500 on day two of Italian Nationals, a time that now ranks her #1 in the world for 2014.
Caramignoli, the Italian record-holder in the short course version of this event, had already built a one second lead by the 400-mark and really hit the gas from there, winding up with a national championship by nearly 9 seconds. Second-place Aurora Ponsele went 16:20.02, a fast time of its own that now ranks 5th in the world. Here’s the top 5 before these two swims:
Another pair of top-5 times came out of the same session. One event before the 1500, Federico Turrini put up 4:14.58 in the 400 IM that ranks 4th in the world this year. In the race, he beat national record-holder Luca Marin by nearly three seconds.
The men’s 100 fly was a tight race, with Matteo Rivolta taking home the title over Piero Codia 52.49 to 52.58. Those times rank 5th and (tied for) 8th in the world, respectively.
The women swam the 50 fly, with national record-holder Silvia Di Pietro taking home the title in 26.22 just 3 days after she turned 21. The young star is now back within a half-second of the Italian mark she set at the 2009 World Champs, the last world meet in the now-banned full-body suits.
In the women’s 200 breast, Giulia de Ascentis went 2:26.50, coming back over the final 50 meters to steal the win from Elisa Celli. Celli was 2:26.94 for second.
The men swam the shorter distance of breaststroke, with Mattia Pesce winning the 100-meter race. His 1:00.89 just nipped a hard-charging Claudio Fossi by .04 for the title.
The final individual event of the day was the women’s 100 free, where Alice Mizzau rode a big back-half split to the win. Her 54.99 topped Erika Ferraioli by just over a tenth. Mizzau flipped third at the 50, with Ferraioli leading, but the 21-year-0ld Mizzau reeled in the field to take the top spot.
You can find full results in Italian here.