2023 NICO SAPIO TROPHY
- Friday, November 10th – Sunday, November 12th
- Complesso Polisportivo Sciorba
- SCM (25m)
- SwimSwam Preview
- Results (Live)
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.
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.
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.
- 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
Marco De Tullio
Luca De Tullio