Thomas Ceccon Scares Italian Record In SCM 200 IM At Nico Sapio

2023 NICO SAPIO TROPHY

The 2023 Nico Sapio Trophy kicked off today from Genoa with the meet representing a veritable ‘who’s who’ of Italian swimming. The 3-day competition offers another opportunity for swimmers to qualify for this year’s European Short Course Championships slated for Romania next month.

As a refresher, at the bottom of this post are the minimum time standards needed to be achieved by Italian swimmers to make the squad. However, a solid contingent of athletes have already been pre-qualified for Romania due to performances achieved earlier in the season. That list is also presented below.

One of those athletes pre-qualified is World Record holder Thomas Ceccon. 22-year-old Ceccon took on the men’s 200m IM to kick off his campaign and did so in style. His winning effort of 1:51.90 grabbed the gold and established a new lifetime best for the versatile ace.

Entering this competition, Ceccon’s fastest 2IM rested at the 1:52.49 he logged for silver at the 2021 edition of the European Short Course Championships. That means he knocked over half a second off of that previous result and Ceccon also came within half a second of Alberto Razzetti‘s national record of 1:51.54 established at the 2021 World Championships.

Ceccon now ranks #1 in the world in this event and his 1:51.90 also scores a new meet record.

2023-2024 SCM Men 200 IM

DuncanGBR
SCOTT
12/08
1:50.98
2Thomas
CECCON
ITA1:51.9011/10
3Alexey
SUDAREV
RUS1:52.1312/18
4Ilya
Borodin
RUS1:53.0911/20
4Alberto
RAZZETTI
ITA1:53.0912/08
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Also establishing a new #1 time in the world was Ilaria Cusinato en route to her victory in the women’s 200m fly.

24-year-old Cusinato clocked a time of 2:06.19 to represent one of two swimmers under 2:07 in tonight’s final. Joining her was Alessia Polieri who touched in 2:06.76 while Antonella Crispino also landed on the podium in 2:08.64 as the bronze medalist.

Although Cusinato dethroned Australia’s Bella Grant to wear the world rankings crown, her time fell short of the 2:05 needed for Romania.

2023-2024 SCM Women 200 Fly

Angelina GER
Kohler
12/07
2:03.30
2Helena
Rosendahl BACH
DEN2:03.8612/07
3Lana
PUDAR
BIH2:04.5512/07
4Hiroko
MAKINO
JPN2:05.2101/06
5 Laura
Lahtinen
FIN2:05.2612/07
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World Championships multi-medalist Benedetta Pilato was also in the water tonight doing her thing in the women’s 50m breast. The 18-year-old roared to the wall in a mark of 29.43, but she wasn’t alone in sub-30-second territory.

Just nipping the barrier was Martina Carraro who claimed silver in 29.98. Both women are already pre-qualified for Romania and now place #2 and #5, respectively, in the season’s world rankings.

2023-2024 SCM Women 50 Breast

2Eneli
JEFIMOVA
EST29.1012/09
3Imogen
CLARK
GBR29.1712/17
4Jasmine
NOCENTINI
ITA29.3112/09
5Dominika
SZTANDERA
POL29.4010/27
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Additional Notes

  • Pre-qualified Olympic medalist Simona Quadarella got her hands on the wall first in the women’s 400m free, notching 4:00.12. Anna Egorova of Russia snagged silver in 4:02.40.
  • The women’s 100m free saw Chiara Tarantino get the edge on Sofia Morini by just .01. Tarantino nabbed gold in 53.15, a new personal best by .20 while Morini touched in 53.16.
  • Just 30 minutes after her 200m fly, Cusinato dove back in for the women’s 400m IM. She captured silver in 4:33.96 while Francesca Fresia earned the gold in 4;33.53.
  • Nailing a #1 time in the world in the 200m breast was Francesca Fangio. She touched in 2:19.99, although she needed to be 2:19.7 to qualify for Romania.
  • Paolo Conte Bonin stopped the clock in 1:43.97 to take the men’s 200m free.
  • Pre-qualified Simone Cerasuolo earned 100m breast gold in 57.97.
  • The men’s 50m free saw Alessandro Miressi top Lorenzo Zazzeri 21.29 to 21.33 in the race.

ATHLETES PRE-QUALIFIED FOR THE 2023 EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Gregorio Paltrinieri  
Thomas Ceccon  
Lorenzo Mora 
Nicolò Martinenghi 
Sara Franceschi  
Alessandro Miressi  
Simone Cerasuolo  
Benedetta Pilato  
Simona Quadarella  
Anita Bottazzo  
Alberto Razzetti  
Leonardo Deplano  
Federico Poggio
Margherita Panziera  
Lisa Angiolini  
Martina Carraro
Marco De Tullio  
Sofia Morini  
Luca De Tullio

 

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Luigi
3 months ago
Teddy
3 months ago

Probably would have got it with the mustach

Troyy
Reply to  Teddy
3 months ago

Grow the moustache back in time for SC Euros and have another crack.

nuotofan
3 months ago

Link to results Nuoto (microplustiming.com)

Andrew
3 months ago

Ceccon is what Americans think Casas should be.

Swim Alchemist
3 months ago

Despite being ranked 4th on Swimswam’s top 100 male swimmers of 2023, Ceccon somehow doesn’t get the recognition/buzz you’d expect. He’s a phenomenal swimmer.

nuotofan
Reply to  Swim Alchemist
3 months ago

Yes, today he’s swam a 32.5 in the breaststroke leg; he has a so great potential in every stroke and it’s a pleasure to watch him swimming

Last edited 3 months ago by nuotofan
Lisa Simpson
Reply to  Swim Alchemist
3 months ago

Funniest thing ever:

Qin Haiyang is ranked #70 and Michael Andrew is ranked #23.

You can’t make this up even if you want to.

MA must be among the most overrated swimmers ever.

Last edited 3 months ago by Lisa Simpson
Mclovin
Reply to  Lisa Simpson
3 months ago

50m free: 21.46
50m back: 24,39 // 100m back: 53,40
50m breast: 26,52 // 100m breast: 58,14
50m fly: 22,79 // 100m fly: 50,80
200m IM: 1,55,26
Has he lived up to expectations? No. Did he peak at 2021 trials? Yes.
But his times are incredible, more if you take into account the amateurism of his coach, and his stubborness to change his methods. MA in any other country would be hyped as hell

Lisa Simpson
Reply to  Mclovin
3 months ago

MA has never won a single Olympics individual medal.

MA has never won a single World Championship (LCM) individual medal.

MA has been hyped up non stop by Swimswam and swimming community since he was 12.

Compared to other top male swimmers his age from USA and around the world, he’s far more hyped up and yet he’s achieved far less

He’s definitely WAY overrated.

Last edited 3 months ago by Lisa Simpson
Troyy
Reply to  Lisa Simpson
3 months ago

Didn’t he win some individual medals last year?

Mclovin
Reply to  Lisa Simpson
3 months ago

Lisa, MA won individual medals at 2022 world championships, he won a PanPac gold (50m free, olympic event) and won a gold medal at the olympics as a part of the relay that broke the world record and also has won many US titles. Most other swimmers commonly respected here have had much worse careers. Did Seliskar achieve more? Blake Pieroni?
MA is controversial, but he isnt a complete failure as many want to make us think. I also think he hasnt fully achieved his potential, and he wont, but he is still a great swimmer

Andrew
Reply to  Lisa Simpson
3 months ago

not as overrated as Reece Whitley lol

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