59th Annual Swimming Trophy Settecolli
- Friday, June 23rd – Sunday, June 25th
- Prelims at 10am local (4am EDT)/Finals at 6pm local (Noon EDT)
- Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
- LCM (50m)
- World Championships Qualifier
- Meet Central
- SwimSwam Preview/Men’s Top Races to Watch/Women’s Top Races to Watch
- Entry List
- Day 1 Prelims Recap | Day 1 Finals Recap
- Live Results
The World Record holders David Popovici and Sarah Sjostrom cruised into finals of the 100 free on Saturday, the best event of the day for both genders on the day 2 schedule at the historic Sette Colli Trophy.
Popovici posted a 48.35 in prelims. The man who has the second-most sub-48 second swims in history in the 100 freestyle will be chasing another in finals while racing against a loaded final.
Matthew Richards from Great Britain was 2nd in 48.36. That about two-tenths slower than he swam a month ago at the AP Race event in London, but is a great time for him in prelims.
That heat sets up an electric final, an event that includes Alessandro Miressi of the host nation in 48.53, Manuel Frigo (48.84), Thomas Dean (48.88), Breno Correia (48.95), Lorenzo Zazzeri (48.95), and Filippo Megli (49.13).
The depth of the Italian men’s sprint group (they took bronze at Worlds last year) very-nearly froze Brits Duncan Scott (49.15) and Jacob Whittle (49.23) out of the A-final, but the meet using a 10-lane pool will be their saving grace.
Scott, it’s worth noting, dropped this 100 free from his Worlds schedule in favor of the 200 IM.
The women’s race showed similar quality, led by the Swede Sjostrom in 53.43. The Swede, who has been on a bit of a load-management schedule this season, has only been faster once this calendar year – a 52.9 from Swedish Nationals in mid-April.
Among the most-significant swims of the morning was a 54.32 from Italian 20-year-old Sofia Morini to qualify 5th. That knocks four-tenths of a second off her best time from Italian Nationals in April.
She is not one of the 12 swimmers who were prequalified to Worlds from Trials. For that list to grow, swimmers would have to hit FINA “A” standards this week, which for Morini means 54.25 in the final.
Other Prelims Swims of Significance:
- Short course World Record holder and the defending double World Champion in the 50 breast Ruta Meilutyte led the way in prelims of the 50 breaststroke in 30.02. Another Italian woman breaking through in prelims was Anita Bottazzo, who swam 30.33 to make her first international final of any significance. Her previous best time was 30.69.
- Italians took the top 5 positions in the men’s 50 breaststroke prelims, led by Nicolo Martinenghi in 26.76. Martinenghi is the defending World Championship silver medalist from last year. Not far behind him was teenager Simone Cerasuolo in 26.81. That time is a new Age Group Record in Italy for 17-19 year olds.
- Sweden’s Louise Hansson, who is holding down the butterfly races for the country with Sjostrom focused more on free, swam 57.61 for the top seed in prelims. She has been going 57-lows all season long.
- 2023 Worlds silver medalist in the 100 back Kylie Masse swam 59.84 in the women’s 100 back, making her the only woman under 1 minute in the event.
- British teen Freya Colbert led the field in the women’s 400 IM in 4:41.51. That’s 6th best time of her career and already the fastest that she has swum outside of a British/World/European/Commonwealth Championship meet. She had her big breakthrough at April’s National Championships, swimming 4:35.50, putting her in the conversation for a medal in Fukuoka. After a breakthrough 1:56 in the 200 free on Friday, she could be lined up for a big finals swim in this race on Saturday evening.