RICCIONE, Italy, April 16. ITALY enjoyed another strong day of performances, including a world-best effort from Federica Pellegrini in the women's 400 free, at the Italian Long Course Nationals.
Pellegrini clocked a 4:04.30 in the women's 400 free to become the first woman under 4:05 this year. Rebecca Adlington and Bronte Barratt held the previous best time in the world rankings with matching 4:05.50s. Pellegrini's former season best had been a 4:05.57 clocked in Berlin in March. Martina De Memme finished second in 4:13.62, while Stefania Pirozzi claimed third in 4:15.06.
Cesare Sciocchetti won the men's 400 free in 3:48.93. That performance ranked him seventh in the world this year. Samuel Pizzetti finished second in 3:49.30, which tied him with Sho Uchida for eighth in the world this year. Andrea Busato rounded out the podium in 3:50.17.
Marco Orsi touched first in the men's 50 free with a 22.18. His effort pushed him to eighth in the world rankings this year. Luca Dotto finished s distant second in 22.44 with Lucio Spadaro claiming third in 22.46.
Elena Gemo hopped to ninth in the world rankings with a 28.76 to win the women's 50 back. Elisa Apostoli finished second in 29.25, while Sara Fazzini pocketed third in 29.28, each among the top 20 in the world this year.
Stefano Pizzamiglio edged Mirco Di Tora by the slimmest of margins, 25.47 to 25.48, in the men's 50 back. The duo both moved into the top 15 in the world rankings with the times. Matteo Giordano (25.81) and Sebastiano Ranfagni (25.86) both cleared 26 in a battle for third-place honors.
A trio of swimmers cleared 1:00 in the women's 100 fly finale. Silvia Di Pietro snared the title in 59.36, while Elena Di Liddo took second in 59.63 and Francesca Segat grabbed third in 59.99. Meanwhile, four breaststrokers cleared 1:02 in the men's 100 breast with Luca Pizzini winning in 1:01.67. Mattia Pesce (1:01.75), Andrea Toniato (1:01.80) and Fabio Scozzoli (1:01.88) comprised the rest of the top four finishers.