PESARO, Italy, July 26. THE first two days of long course meter swimming at the Italian National Championships held in Pesaro, Italy have featured some quick swims.
On the first day, Alessia Filippi went after the oldest record on the Italian books in the 800-meter free while swimming a 1500. While she paid for the effort with a 14th-place time of 18:35.84 in the event, she still managed to take down the mark in the 800 with a time of 8:28.73.
That effort surpassed the 8:28.92 set by Cristina Sossi in Bonn on Aug. 19, 1989. The record also served as the only standard still remaining since the turn of the century as every women's Italian record over the long course has been set since 2000.
Another long-standing record went down as Irene De Biasi knocked two seconds off the Italian Cadet record in the 1500 free with a time of 16:31.35 to win the event. That record had stood for an incredibly long time as Roberta Felotti set the 16:33.56 mark on Aug. 26, 1979.
In the men's 800 free, Federico Colbertaldo smoked the competition with a 7:57.44 to close out the first day of competition.
During the second day of swimming, Filippi came back to win the women's 200 back in 2:11.99, followed by world champion Filippo Magnini winning the 200 free in 1:47.16.
Roberta Panara topped the women's 50 breaststroke with a time of 31.77 that nearly broke the Italian record of 31.73 set by Roberta Crescentini on Aug. 3, 2001. Mattia Nalesso then won the men's 50 butterfly in 24.38 by touching out Rudy Goldin, who took silver in 24.44.
Cristina Chiuso won her own tough battle with a 25.80 to 25.91 triumph over Silvia Copetta in the women's 50 free, while Damiano Lestingi walked away with the men's 200 back in 2:00.98.
Alessio Boggiatto emerged from a competitive trio to win the men's 200 IM with a time of 2:01.94. Massimiliano Rosolino placed second in 2:02.02, while Federico Turrini finished third in 2:02.66.