2018 SETTE COLLI TROPHY
After having approximately just 20 minutes between finals on day 1 of the Sette Colli Trophy, competing in the women’s 50 fly and 50 free, Swedish powerhouse Sarah Sjostrom is set up much better for day 2. She’ll swim the 100 fly final around 7:10, and then will have until 8:00 (per the timeline) before the 100 free finals get underway.
She has set herself up well for tonight’s session by taking the top seed in both of her events during prelims, leading the 100 fly in 57.61 and the 100 free in 53.59.
Tonight in the 100 fly she’ll certainly be looking to reclaim her spot atop the world rankings, having recently been overtaken by Japanese sensation Rikako Ikee, who went 56.23 at the Monaco stop of the Mare Nostrum Tour. Sjostrom’s fastest swim this year has been 56.35. Italian Elena Di Liddo and Hungarian Liliana Szilagyi head into the final tied for 2nd in a time of 58.73.
In the 100 free, the 24-year-old will go head-to-head for the second straight night with Danish superstar Pernille Blume, who defeated Sjostrom last night in the 50 while becoming the 6th fastest performer in history. Sjostrom led the heats in 53.59, with Blume (53.72) a close 2nd and Femke Heemskerk (53.86) of the Netherlands and Federica Pellegrini (54.05) of Italy both putting up season-best times for 3rd and 4th.
In that race tonight, Sjostrom and Blume will see if they can jump up in the world rankings as well, with Sjostrom (52.77) currently 4th and Blume (53.32) 7th. Australian Bronte Campbell is currently the fastest in the world this year with her 52.27 from the Commonwealth Games.
OTHER TOP SEEDS
- Brazilian Luiz Melo leads the men’s 200 fly prelims in 1:57.30, with Italian Filippo Berlincioni nearly cracking a lifetime best for the 2nd seed in 1:57.54. Olympic bronze medalist Tamas Kenderesi (1:58.87) of Hungary advanced in 4th, and Great Britain’s James Guy (2:00.23) squeaked through in 8th.
- Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands topped the women’s 100 back field in 1:00.06, followed by Czech Simona Baumrtova (1:00.38) and Dane Mie Nielsen (1:00.39). Toussaint has now had the six fastest swims of her life in 2018, with this ranking 5th among them. She’ll look to improve upon her 17th ranked 59.88 tonight.
- Matteo Milli of Italy put up a season-best to lead the men’s 100 back lineup in 54.79, followed by Romanian Robert Glinta (55.09), who won the 50 back last night in a new national record. Milli was 3rd in that race, while Brazilian Gabriel Fantoni, who was the runner-up, qualified 3rd this morning in 55.14. Also of note, Chad Le Clos tied for 9th with German Christian Diener in 55.76, and is expected to contest the B-final.
- Italian Ilaria Cusinato qualified 1st in the women’s 400 IM in 4:41.37, with Great Britain’s Aimee Willmott (4:42.52) and Hannah Miley (4:45.37) 2nd and 3rd. Willmott leads the world rankings this year with her 4:34.90 from the Commonwealth Games, while Miley sits 3rd and Cusinato 6th.
- World Championship silver medalist David Verraszto of Hungary leads the men’s prelims in 4:15.79, and will look to improve upon his 5th ranked 4:12.98 tonight. Max Litchfield, coming off of injury that forced him out of the Commonwealth Games, qualified 2nd in 4:18.18.
- Brazilian Pedro Spajari ripped a 48.80 to lead the men’s 100 free prelims, with Luca Dotto (48.95) the only other man sub-49. Santo Condorelli swam his first 100 of the season in a very solid 49.27 to qualify 5th, while Le Clos was back in 24th (49.98). Ben Proud, who sent shockwaves through the swimming community yesterday with his 21.16 50 free, was well back in 50.56 for 32nd. His splits: 23.75/26.81.
- Yuliya Efimova cruised to the top spot in the women’s 50 breast, clocking 30.25, and Adam Peaty did the same in the men’s event in 26.74. They’ll look to drop their season-bests of 29.93 and 26.49 respectively tonight.