Meilutyte Breaks Meet Record on Day 2 of Sette Colli; Hungarians Win 4 Events Early

While nothing quite as exciting happened on day 2 of the 2014 Sette Colli Trophy in Italy as Sarah Sjostrom’s world-leading 100 fly from the meet’s first day, two more Meet Records were broken on Saturday. That was the story of the day, along with a very good 200 fly performance from Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, and a continued hot-hand from the Swede Sjostrom.

The first record of the meet went to Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte in the women’s 50 breaststroke in prelims, an event in which she also happens to be the World Record holder. Her season has been a little quiet so far, but the 30.13 that she swam on Saturday broke the 30.82 done by Australia’s Leisel Jones in 2008 as the old Meet Record. She then went on to a 29.90 to win in finals, re-breaking her own record and also the best time of her season so far.

She wasn’t around on Friday to swim the 100 breaststroke, but did here beat the winner of that event: Sweden’s Jennie Johansson, who was a 30.56. Though she did go down to Meilutyte here,  she’s been having an outstanding meet of her own, and that’s one of the three fastest swims of her career.

Just one event later in the morning session, another Meet Record went down, as Italy’s own Andrea Toniato swam a 27.25 in prelims. With Italy’s impressive history in the 50 meter breaststroke event, that’s a significant record for him, taking down Fabio Scozzoli’s 2013 record of 27.31.

The swim is also a lifetime best for Toniato and under the European Championships qualifying standard set by the Italian federation.

He was a bit slower in finals, going 27.46, but so was the rest of the field. South Africa’s Giulio Zorzi took 2nd in 27.58, and Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis placed 3rd in 27.66.

Rewinding to earlier in the session, Katinka Hosszu started the day with a very good swim in the women’s 200 fly. She posted a 2:07.53 that is her best time of the year so far by almost two seconds.

Hosszu was the top seed coming into the final in both the 100 backstroke and the 400 IM, but after that sterling 200 fly was unable to hold on for the win in either. In the backstroke, she was 4th in 1:01.05 behind Italy’s Carlotta Zofkova (1:00.44).

Hosszu came right back there-after, however, and won the women’s 400 IM in 4:43.16 for her 3rd win of the meet so far.

Sarah Sjostrom we mentioned as a star of the meet’s first day, and while not quite as eye-catching, her 100 free result was arguably a better swim for her than the 100 fly. She won the 100 free on Saturday in 53.19, beating out Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk (53.50) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (53.86).

Other noteworthy wins:

  • Germany’s Paul Biedermann was a 1:47.50 to win the men’s 200 free, just beating-out Hungary’s Dominik Kozma (1:47.78).
  • Hungary’s Bence Pulai (1:58.27) just held off Italy’s Matteo Pelizzari (1:58.32) to win the men’s 200 fly.

Full, live meet results available here.
A summary of top three finishers in each event is below.

200 fly F
1. Katinka Hosszu (Hun) 2’07″53
2. Liliana Szilagyi (Hun) 2’09″23
3. Martina Van Berkel (Sui) 2’09″23

200 fly M
1. Bence Pulai (Hun) 1’58″27
2. Matteo Pelizzari (Ita) 1’58″32
3. Francesco Pavone (Ita) 1’59″21

100 backstroke F
1. Carlotta Zofkova (Ita) 1’00″44
2. Simona Baumrtova (Cze) 1’00″58
3. Federica Pellegrini (Ita) 1’00″94

100 backstroke M
1. Jan-Philip Glania (Ger) 54″88
2. Simone Sabbioni (Ita) 54″96
3. Chistopher Ciccarese (Ita) 55″08

400 IM F
1. Stefania Pirozzi (Ita) 4’38″06
2. Katinka Hosszu (Hun) 4’43″64
3. Luisa Trombetti (Ita) 4’43″82

400 IM M
1. Federico Turrini 4’18″00
2. Luca Marin 4’20″27
3. Andrea Velluti 4’23″65

100 free F
1. Sarah Sjoestroem (Swe) 53″19
2. Femke Heemskerk (Ned) 53″50
3. Ranomi Kromowidjodjo (Ned) 53″86

200 free M
1. Paul Biedermann (Ger) 1’47″50
2. Dominik Kozma (Hun) 1’47″78
3. Damiano Lestingi (Ita) 1’48″62

50 breaststroke F
1. Ruta Meilutyte (Ltu) 29″90 rec. man.
2. Jennie Johansson (Swe) 30″56
3. Moniek Nijhuis (Ned) 31″08

50 breaststroke M
1. Andrea Toniato (Ita) 27″46
2. Giulio Zorzi (Rsa) 27″58
3. Giedrius Titenis (Ltu) 27″66

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8 years ago

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8 years ago

Hosszu didn’t win at 400IM … unusual.

When it comes to deciding between Sarah Sjöström’s performances in 100m fly and 100m free here at the Sette Colli meet is to compare these times with those at the World Championships in Barcelona last year. Sjöström is already faster in 100m fly than she was at her peak last year while there is still three tenths of a second to go in 100m free.

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