BOZEN, Italy, November 9. WHILE plenty of swimmers were competing at the Moscow stop of the FINA World Cup, a lot of international swimmers decided to call the Bozen International Swim Meet home prior to the Stockholm stop of the World Cup. The meet took place over short course meters.
The Netherlands' sprint group opened the meet with a 1-2-3 finish in the women's 100 free. Ranomi Kromowidjojo topped the event with a time of 52.81, while Femke Heemskerk (53.67) and Marleen Veldhuis (54.35) placed second and third. Croatia's Mario Todorovic downed Cullen Jones of the U.S., 48.09 to 48.22, in the men's 100 free. South Africa's Gerhard Zandberg finished third in 48.40.
The German duo of Caroline Ruhnau (31.23) and Kerstin Vogel (31.34) finished in the top two of the women's 50 breast. Justine Mueller of the U.S. wound up third in 31.78. Slovenia's Emil Tahirovic nearly took down Matjaz Markic's national mark of 26.47 with a winning time of 26.66 in the men's 50 breast. Italy's Fabio Scozzoli placed second in 27.19 with Germany's Hendrik Feldwehr earning third in 27.36.
Italy's Elena Gemo topped the women's 100 back in 59.75, while Croatia's Sanja Jovanovic (1:00.60) and Heemskerk (1:00.83) completed the podium. Nick Thoman of the U.S. cruised to victory in the men's 100 back with a 50.32. Adam Mania, also of the U.S., finished second in 51.45, while Italy's Damiano Lestingi took third in 52.09. Randall Bal of the U.S. placed fourth in 52.27 with Aaron Peirsol finishing a surprising ninth with a 54.85.
Inge Dekker of The Netherlands landed the women's 50 fly title in 25.70 with teammate Veldhuis placing second in 26.01. Lara Jackson of the U.S. grabbed third in 26.58. Todorovic earned his second gold of the day with a 23.46 in the men's 50 fly. Italy's Marco Belotti touched second in 23.59, while teammate Rudy Goldin claimed third in 23.70.
Italy's Laura Letrari captured the women's 100 IM title in 59.85. Dekker finished second in 1:01.28 with Mueller earning third in 1:02.28. Zandberg turned his third-place finish in the 50 free into a win in the 100 IM with a 53.28. Italy's Marco Orsi placed second in 54.08, while Mania pocketed third in 54.12. Peirsol wound up 45th overall with a 59.96.
Dekker picked up her second win of the meet with a 57.60 in the women's 100 fly. Kromowidjojo placed second in 58.93 with Italy's Christina Maccagnola taking home third in 59.75. Todorovic claimed his third title, and nearly lowered his national mark of 50.60, with a winning time of 50.80 in the men's 100 fly. Belotti took second for Italy in 51.91, while Croatia's Dominik Straga placed third in 52.23. Peirsol checked in with a sixth-place 52.86.
Letrari touched out Jovanovic in the women's 50 back, 27.44 to 27.46, while Gemo completed the podium in 27.58. The U.S. proved its dominance in the men's backstroke with a top four sweep in the sprint back. Thoman won in 23.69, while Bal (23.83), Mania (24.09) and Peirsol (24.09) finished the sweep.
Vogel (1:06.91) and Ruhnau (1:07.12) traded placed from the 50 breast in the 100 breast with Vogel winning. Mueller finished third for the U.S. in 1:08.33. Italy's Fabio Scozzoli won the men's 100 breast in 58.87 with Feldwehr tying Tahirovic for second with matching 59.61s.
In the women's 50 free, Kromowidjojo beat teammate Veldhuis, 24.23 to 24.28. Jackson of the U.S. took bronze in 24.64. Marco Orsi won the men's 50 free in 21.65 with Jones taking second for the U.S. in 21.83. Zandberg rounded out the top three in a second-place time with Jones with a 21.83.