Martina Caramignoli
Courtesy of: SwimBiz.it
RICCIONE, Italy, April 9. A day after Federica Pellegrini demonstrated that she's still a legitimate threat in the middle distance events, Italy's Martina Rita Caramignoli inserted herself into the distance freestyle competition with a top-ranked swim in the 1500 at the Italian Spring Nationals.

Caramignoli shot to the top of the world rankings in the women's 1500-meter freestyle with a winning time of 16:11.70. That effort smashed the previously top-ranked performance of 16:15.89 set by Kristel Kobrich at the South American Games. Aurora Ponsele moved to fourth in the world with a 16:20.02 to take second tonight, while Martina Grimaldi raced to third tonight in 16:27.23 fresh off a recent FINA Open Water World Cup victory.

Silvia Di Pietro opened the evening with a 26.22 to 26.61 victory against Elena Gemo in the women's 50-meter fly to leapfrog Melanie Henique into seventh in the SwimVortex world rankings. Di Pietro had been eighth with a 26.33 from earlier in the day. Elena De Liddo rounded out the podium with a third-place time of 27.05.


Matteo Rivolta then had a close call with Piero Codia in the men's 100-meter fly before winning 52.49 to 52.58. Rivolta vaulted to sixth in the world rankings with his swim, while Codia wound up tied for ninth overall with Laszlo Cseh in the event this year. Francesco Giordano wound up third overall in 53.41 to hold off Daniele D'Angelo's fourth-place 53.81.

Giulia De Ascentis turned in a time of 2:26.50 to win the women's 200-meter breaststroke as she powered by Elisa Celli (2:26.94) to earn the title. De Ascentis had trailed at the 150-meter mark 1:48.66 to 1:49.20, but race home in 37.30 for the win. Ilaria Scarcella claimed third overall in 2:28.95.

Federico Turrini dominated the men's 400-meter IM finale with a 4:14.58. That performance jumped him to fourth in the world behind only Kosuke Hagino (4:09.82), Thomas Fraser-Holmes (4:10.68) and Daiya Seto (4:13.60) as Turrini moved just past Yannick Lebherz's 4:14.84 from the International Swim Fest in Magdeburg, Germany. Luca Marin touched second overall in 4:17.51 tonight with Matteo Pelizzari earning third in 4:18.81.

Mattia Pesci had to hold off a hard-charging Claudio Fossi to win the men's 100-meter breaststroke title. After being the only swimmer to break 28 at the 50-meter mark with a 27.92, Pesci held on to win 1:00.89 to 1:00.93 as Fossi came roaring home in 32.88. Andrea Toniato touched third overall in 1:01.28.

Alice Mizzau closed out the individual swims for the night with a 54.99 to win the women's 100-meter free. Erika Ferraioli turned in a 55.16 for second overall, while Silvia DiPietro doubled off her 50 fly win to take third in the sprint free with a 55.77.

C. Canottieri Aniene turned out the lights on night two with a win in the men's 800-meter free relay. Marco Belotti (1:147.61), Damiano Lestingi (1:48.99), Michele Cosentino (1:50.31) and Alex Di Giorgio (1:49.25) powered their way to a win in 7:16.16. SMGM Team Lombardia's Nicolangelo Di Fabio (1:48.85), Filippo Magnini (1:47.01), Maurizio Mottoloa (1:51.92) and Fabien Marciano (1:49.21) finished a close second in 7:16.99.


Results: Italian Spring Nationals: Day Two