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Pellegrini, Magnini Put Exclamation Mark on Italian Nationals -- April 11, 2005

By John Lohn

RICCIONE, Italy, April 11. SIMILAR to the first three days of the competition, the Italian Nationals produced some impressive times on Sunday. Now, the question is this: Can Italy reproduce those efforts this summer when the World Championships are held in Montreal.

Capping a sensational meet, Frederica Pellegrini established a national record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:57.92. The new standard complemented an earlier record in the 400 freestyle and a victory in the 100 free. More, the effort has Pellegrini in the medal mix for the World Champs.

The men’s 100 freestyle produced some promising efforts, led by the performance of Filippo Magnini. The national-record holder in the event, Magnini stopped the clock in 48.85 during the finals, but went 48.74 during the preliminaries. In the final, Lorenzo Vismara checked in at 49.12. If Italy can find two solid legs as support, look for the national to battle for a medal in Montreal.

The Boggiatto family had a strong showing as Alessio Boggiatto won the 200 individual medley in 2:00.68 and Chiara Boggiatto set an Italian record in the 200 breaststroke with a swim of 2:27.12. Meanwhile, Massi Rosolino churned out a victory in the 1,500 freestyle (15:14.34) and Alessia Filippi took first in the 200 backstroke (2:12.13).