World Champ Federica Pellegrini Won’t Swim 200 Free at 2017 Euros

The Italian Swimming Federation will send a massive roster of 36 swimmers, 21 men and 15 women, to the upcoming European Short Course Championships. The event will be held from December 13th-17th in Copenhagen, Denmark in the 6,500 seat Royal Arena.

33 of the 36 athletes were chosen on the basis of hitting domestic time standards as well as their results as the summer World Championships in Budapest. Those athletes will be entered only in races in which they’ve hit the requisite standards. The lone exception was Niccolo Bonacchi, who was selected after missing the time standard by just .01 seconds.

In addition, 3 athletes both between 1998-2001 (16-19 years old) have been selected as developmental choices with the hopes that international experience will speed-up their growth as athletes. Those three athletes are Fabio Lombini (1998), Ilaria Custinato (1999), and Thomas Ceccon (2001).

As big as the team are, there are still some very significant absences including veteran Filippo Magnini, who announced his retirement after last week’s Short Course National Championship meet.

Italian legend Federica Pellegrini has also affirmed her decision to event-retire from the 200 free – which she announced she would do after winning the World Championship this summer. While she did race the event twice at the Short Course World Cu since then (the two that came shortly after Worlds), she has largely stuck to that pledge – having raced just the 50 and 100 at Italy’s National Championship meet. Pellegrini has won 9 European Championships in the 200 free, including the last 2 in short course meters.

Also absent from the team with injuries are World 800m Champion Gabriele Detti, who is missing with a shoulder injury announced last week; and Silvia Di Pietro, who is missing with an injured knee.

Included, then, on the roster are Marco Orsi, the defending 100 free champion, and Gregorio Paltrinieri, who set a World Record in the 1500 free at the last edition of these European Short Course Championships. Also returning are all 4 members of the relay that won the last European short course title (in a championship record) in the 200 medley relay: Simone SabbioniFabio ScozzoliMatteo Rivolta, and Orsi.

The defending women’s 200 free relay will return 3 of its 4 legs: Erika FerraioliAglaia Pezzato, and Pellegrini, with Di Pietro being the exception. Lucrezia Raco, a 26-year old who placed 4th at this weekend’s Italian Championships in the 50, is the likely replacement on that relay.

With around 700 athletes entered from 45 countries, Italy’s roster has bucked a recent trend among European countries to shrink rosters for /international meets. Italy’s roster will make up about 5% of the athletes entered in Copenhagen.

ITALIAN HISTORICAL MEDAL Counts

1996 Rostock (Ger) 2 – 2 – 1 = 5
1998 Sheffield (Gbr) 1 – 2 – 1 = 4
1999 Lisbon (Por) 1 – 1 – 2 = 4
2000 Valencia (Esp) 7 – 1 – 1 = 9
2001 Antwerp (Bel) 2 – 0 – 1 = 3
2002 Riesa (Ger) 5 – 2 – 2 = 9
2003 Dublin (Irl) 1 – 3 – 3 = 7
2004 Vienna (Aut) 3 – 3 – 2 = 8
2005 Trieste (Ita) 3 – 4 – 6 = 13
2006 Helsinki (Fin) 4 – 3 – 2 = 9
2007 Debrecen (Hun) 2 – 3 – 4 = 9
2008 Rijeka (Cro) 5 – 5 – 8 = 18
2009 Istanbul (Tur) 1 – 3 – 1 = 5
2010 Eindhoven (Ned) 4 – 7 – 7 = 18
2011 Szczecin (Pol) 3 – 2 – 4 = 9
2012 Chartres (Fra) 4 – 2 – 3 = 9
2013 Herning ( Den) 2 – 4 – 8 = 14
2015 Netanya (Isr) 7 – 5 – 5 – 17
TOT. 57 golds – 52 silver – 61 bronze = 170 medals

Full 2017 Italian Roster, European Short Course Championships (Representative Club)

  • Domenico Acerenza (CC Napoli)
  • Niccolò Bonacchi (Esercito / Nuotatori Pistoiesi)
  • Thomas Ceccon (Leosport Villafranca)
  • Piero Codia (Esercito / CC Aniene)
  • Luca Dotto (Carabinieri / Larus Nuoto)
  • Simone Geni (Uisp Bologna)
  • Fabio Lombini (De Akker Team)
  • Nicolò Martinenghi (Fiamme Oro / NC Brebbia)
  • Filippo Megli (Florentia Nuoto Club)
  • Alessandro Miressi (Fiamme Oro / CN Torino)
  • Lorenzo Mora (Fiamme Rosse)
  • Marco Orsi (Fiamme Oro / Uisp Bologna)
  • Gregorio Paltrinieri (Fiamme Oro / Coopenuoto)
  • Luca Pizzini (Carabinieri / Bentegodi)
  • Metteo Rivolta (Fiamme Oro)
  • Simone Sabbioni (Esercito / Swim Pro SS9)
  • Fabio Scozzoli (Esercito / Imolanuoto)
  • Luca Spinazzola (Unicusano Aurelia Nuoto)
  • Federico Turrini (Esercito / Nuoto Livorno)
  • Andrea Vergani (Can. Vittorino da Feltre)
  • Lorenzo Zazzeri (Esercito / Florentia Nuoto Club)
  • Ilaria Bianchi (Fiamme Azzurre / Azzurra 91)
  • Martina Carraro (Fiamme Azzurre / Azzurra 91)
  • Arianna Castiglioni (Fiamme Gialle / Insubrika)
  • Ilaria Cusinato (Fiamme Oro / Team Veneto)
  • Elena Di Liddo (CC Aniene)
  • Erika Ferraioli (Esercito / CC Aniene)
  • Margherita Panziera (Fiamme Oro / CC Aniene)
  • Federica Pellegrini (CC Aniene)
  • Aglaia Pezzato (Esercito / Team Veneto)
  • Stefania Pirozzi (Fiamme Oro / CC Napoli)
  • Alessia Polieri (Fiamme Gialle / Imolanuoto)
  • Simona Quadarella (Fiamme Rosse / CC Aniene)
  • Tania Quaglieri (Sea Sub Modena)
  • Lucrezia Raco (CC Aniene)
  • Silvia Scalia (CC Aniene)

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Ervin

I know she said shes done with this event but…its really all she has left, so i don’t really get it. Shes competitive in other events among Italians, but internationally she drops off. Her 100 is like a 53 high…so shes useful on relays.

Rafael

Well.. she was a 2:08 flat 200 Backstroker by 2013..That would be the only event I would see her focus with Chance to medal.. I would not doubt her going 2:06.. but I would not be surprise to see her return to 200 free in Tokyo

Emanuele

She won’t return to 200 free in Tokyo, she is not even sure if she will retire before 2020.

Murica

200 Back is certainly harder than 200 Free om the body no?

Ervin

Well she got smoked by Kathleen Baker in a 200back SCM a few weeks ago so I think that ship has sailed.

luigi

She is probably counting on her 100 getting better if she exclusively focuses on it. She was a 100 freestyler way back as a teenager, before her first coach turned her into a mid-distance specialist. I don’t see her matching the likes of Manuel, Sjostrom and the other 52” girls, but entering an Olympic final is not entirely out of the question and it would be a great honor to her.

Joe

Sometimes I don’t think we appreciate just a good swimmer. The goal for a swimmer could be different than what we set up to be their goals. Italy’s got a team that can medal at 4×100 free at the Euros, a team she can anchor. That could be enough driving force. She has battled with expectations for an entire career, maybe she just wants to have fun now.

Luigi

I concur

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