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Brembilla, Rosolino Look Sharp in 400 Free at Italian Nationals -- April 10, 2005

By John Lohn

RICCIONE, Italy, April 10. A little more than three months before the World Championships in Montreal, the Italian swimming scene is looking strong. That much was evident in the third-day results from the Italian Nationals, held Saturday.

Proving their worth as medal contenders at the World Champs, Emiliano Brembilla and Massi Rosolino turned in impressive times during a one-two finish in the 400 freestyle. Brembilla clocked in at 3:46.89 and was followed by Rosolino in 3:47.80. Along with Australia’s Grant Hackett and the United States' Michael Phelps, the foursome should be battling for podium positions.

The 200 breaststroke also produced a pair of quality times, led by the 2:12.41 of Paolo Bossini, the fourth-place finisher in the event in Athens. Bossini was followed to the wall by Loris Facci in 2:12.80. Meanwhile, the 200 butterfly featured a victory from Francesco Vespe (1:58.95).

In the 50-meter back on the female side, Elena Gemo established a national record with a performance of 29.25. She was joined as a winner by Cristina Chiuso in the 50 free (25.42), Francesca Segat in the 100 fly (59.26) and Alessa Filippi in the 200 individual medley (2:16.58). Other men’s victors were Lorenzo Vismara in the 50 free (22.42) and Mattia Aversa in the 100 backstroke (56.22).