Michele Santucci
Courtesy of: Federazione Italiana Nuoto
ROME, Italy, July 18. TWO more swimmers were added to Italy's world championship team this week after their impressive performances at the World University Games put them high on the world rankings.

Though FINA set a deadline of July 1 for any new names to be added to any country's roster for the world championships, it appears Italy has skirted this deadline, bringing their roster of swimmers up from 29 to 31. Luca Pizzini and Michele Santucci were added to the men's roster, giving them the opportunity to continue an impressive summer that saw them both on the medal podium last week in Kazan, Russia. Pizzini placed a surprising third in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:10.99, faster than the FINA A cut of 2:12.78. Italy has a strong presence in the 100 breaststroke, with Fabio Scozzoli and Mattia Pesce competing in that event, but no one had been listed in the 200 event. It is likely that Italy had a spot reserved for such a swim by Pizzini, and he was able to secure that spot in Kazan. Pizzini had swum a 2:11.69 at the Sette Colli meet, which was faster than the FINA A cut but likely not faster than an internal standard set by Italy.

Santucci will swim the 400 free relay in Barcelona, thanks to his bronze-medal swim of 49.30 in the 100 freestyle in Russia. Though the time doesn't rank him in the top 60 globally, Santucci is now the fifth-fastest Italian in the world for 2013, good enough for duty as a relay alternate.



Marco Belotti, 200 freestyle
Piero Codia, 50 butterfly
Gabriel Detti, 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle
Alex Di Giorgio, 200 freestyle
Mirco Di Tora, 50 and 100 backstroke
Luca Dotto, 50 and 100 freestyle
Luca Leonardi, 4x100 freestyle relay
Damiano Lestingi, 4x200 freestyle relay
Filippo Magnini, 100 freestyle
Luca Marin, 400 IM
Marco Orsi, 50 freestyle
Gregory Paltrinieri, 800, 1500 freestyle
Francesco Pavone, 200 butterfly
Mattia Pesce, 50 and 100 breaststroke
Samuel Pizzetti, 400 freestyle
Luca Pizzini, 200 breaststroke
Matteo Rivolta, 50 and 100 butterfly
Michele Santucci, 4x100 freestyle relay
Fabio Scozzoli, 50 and 100 breaststroke
Federico Turrini, 200 backstroke, 200 and 400 individual medley


Ilaria Bianchi, 50 and 100 butterfly
Martina Rita Caramignoli, 1500 freestyle
Dorothy Carli, 4x200 freestyle relay
Martina De Memme, 400 and 800 freestyle
Silvia Di Pietro, 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle
Erika Ferraioli, 100 freestyle
Lisa Fissneider, 50 and 100 breaststroke
Michela Guzzetti, 50 and 100 breaststroke
Alice Mizzau, 200 freestyle
Federica Pellegrini, 200 and 400 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke
Stefania Pirozzi, 200 butterfly and 200 and 400 individual medley