Quadarella Clocks SCM 1500 Free Italian Record, Becomes 5th Fastest Ever

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While competing at Circolo Canottieri Aniene this weekend, 20-year-old Simona Quadarella broke the Italian national record in the women’s short course 1500m freestyle. Quadarella stopped the clock in a time of 15:35.82 to top the field and lower the previous Italian standard by nearly 9 seconds.

Quadarella is continuing to demonstrate her threat to swimmers worldwide in the distance freestyle events. She collected a trio of gold medals at the 2018 European Championships, topping the women’s 400m, 800m, and 1500m free podiums. More recently at this year’s Long Course World Championships in Gwangju, Korea, Quadarella took gold in the 1500m free, establishing a new long course national record of 15:40.89 in the process.

Quadarella’s short course meters 1500m free performance from over the weekend now ranks the Christian Minotti-trained athlete as the 5th fastest performer ever in the event.

15:19.71 Mireia Belmonte ESP 12/12/2014 Sabadell
15:22.68 Lauren Boyle NZL 2014 Wellington Winter Championships 8/9/2014 Wellington
15:28.65 Lotte Friis DEN Top Times (personal best) 5/10/2010
15:32.90 Kate Ziegler USA 2007 Alex Athletics Jubilaeums Challenge 10/12/2007 Hauptbad Essen
15:35.82 Simona Quadarell ITA Circolo Canottieri Aniene 10/27/2019

Quadarella’s Italian Records:

  • 1500 meters freestyle SCM – 15: 35.82 – 27 October 2019, Rome
  • 800 meters freestyle LCM – 8: 14.99 – 27 July 2019, Gwangju
  • 1500 meters freestyle LCM – 15: 40.89 – 23 July 2019, Gwangju

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Gen D

I personally would love to see Ledecky go sub-15 in the 1500SCM. It would be so cool!


She was close to 15 min in 1650yards. The best attempt was 15:03. This distance is slightly longer than 1500 meters but has more turns. So this barrier is very tough even for Katie.

Corn Pop

She may have gotten Points for some isl team on the 1st 400 . . We don’t have the splits to compare but lets say 4.07 ./ 818 / 12.29 / 15.35 .
That would be quite entertaining if we bring in some distance swimmers to do a 1500 & knock off the battlers at the 400 mark .

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