RICCIONE, Italy, April 13. THE Italian Long Course Nationals kicked off today with a trio of top-five world ranked times in Riccione.
Federica Pellegrini raced to victory in the women's 400 free with a strong time of 4:03.49. That swim stands second in the world rankings behind only Rebecca Adlington's 4:02.84 from British Nationals in March. Martina De Memme placed a distant second tonight in 4:12.05, while Alice Nesti earned third in 4:13.67.
Samuel Pizzetti clocked a 7:49.79 to win the men's 800 free, and move to second in the world rankings behind Sun Yang's 7:44.12 from Chinese Nationals this month. Luca Baggio touched second in 7:56.71, while Rocco Potenza wound up third in 8:01.20.
Luca Dotto hit the wall in 48.58 for the men's 100 free title. That effort pushed him to fourth in the world rankings behind James Magnussen (48.29), Fabien Gilot (48.34) and William Meynard (48.57). Filippo Magnini finished second in 49.10, while Marco Orsi took third in 49.34.
Mattie Pesce jumped to seventh in the world rankings in the men's 50 breast with a time of 27.87, while Fabio Scozzoli turned in a second-place time of 27.90 for an eighth-place tie in the world rankings. Nicolo Ossola claimed third in 28.10.
Caterina Giacchetti captured the women's 200 fly title in 2:09.84, while Alessia Polieri finished second in 2:10.17, while Stefanie Pirozzi grabbed third in 2:11.19. Elena Gemo picked up the women's 100 back title in 1:01.22, while Carlotta Zofkova touched a close second in 1:01.53. Arianna Barbieri placed third in 1:10.89. Mirco Di Tora claimed the men's 100 back crown in 54.42, while Stefano Pizzamiglio took second in 55.40. Fabio Laugeni earned third-place honors in 55.56.
In relay action, Silvia Copetta, Alice Carpanese, Alice Mizzau and Giada Trentin won the women's 400 free relay in 3:45.86.