RICCIONE, Italy, March 9. THE Italian Long Course Nationals kept steamrolling along, while most of the world's attention is on the British Olympic Trials in London.
Federica Pellegrini continued her strong meet in Riccione with a 1:57.10 to capture the women's 200 free title. That bettered her previous season best of 1:58.05 clocked last month, and jumped her to sixth in the world rankings. Alice Mizzau touched second in 1:59.27, while Diletta Carli earned third in 1:59.44. Pellegrini also clocked a 55.13 anchor leg to lead her club to victory in the women's 400 medley relay (4:06.64).
Federico Turrini topped the men's 200 IM in 1:59.64, vaulting to seventh in the world rankings in the event. Luca Angelo Dioli placed second in 2:00.83, while Simone Geni wound up third in 2:02.89.
Arianna Barbieri snared the women's 50 back title in 28.47, while Elena Gemo took second in 28.94. Laura Letrari picked up third in 29.08. Barbieri moved to fifth in the world rankings, while Gemo jumped into the top 15.
Marco Orsi threw down a 22.10 to win the men's 50 free, and earned fifth in the world rankings in the event. Luca Dotto took second in 22.24 for eighth in the rankings, while Andrea Rolla finished third in 22.27 for ninth.
Chiara Boggiatto touched out Lisa Fissneider, 32.11 to 32.12, in the women's 50 breast. The two moved to 13th and 14th in the world rankings with the swims. Elisa Antonelli placed third in 32.26.
Federico Colbertaldo hit the wall in 15:08.03 to win the men's 1500 free, for third in the early world rankings in the event. Tae Hwan Park (14:47.83) and Heerden Herman (15:06.11) own the top two times in the event this year. Simone Ruffini placed second in 15:20.42, while Andrea Fabbroni took third in 15:23.25.