RICCIONE, Italy, April 17. WITH just one more day left at the Italy Long Course Nationals, Federica Pellegrini and Francesca Segat turned in some strong times this evening.
Pellegrini joined the sub-8:30 club this year with a strong time of 8:27.54 in the women's 800 free. Just seven women have cleared 8:30 thus far, with Pellegrini now ranked fifth among them. Rebecca Adlington (8:21.95), Katie Goldman (8:22.83), Blair Evans (8:25.74), Wendy Trott (8:27.11), Chloe Sutton (8:29.31) and Kylie Palmer (8:29.57) are the other women to have clocked sub-8:30 times so far. Meanwhile, Martina De Memme (8:39.55) and Giorgia Consiglio (8:39.92) finished second and third tonight.
Segat touched first in the women's 200 IM with a 2:13.95, winning by more than three seconds. Segat is just the 11th woman to clear 2:14 this year. Camilla Dal Rio (2:17.24) and Stefania Pirozzi (2:18.20) earned second and third tonight.
Caterina Giacchetti captured the women's 200 fly crown in 2:11.19, while Silvia Meschiari picked up second in 2:11.97 to begin the evening. Alessia Polieri earned third overall in 2:12.13. Marco Belotti claimed the men's 100 fly title in 53.46 with Stefano Pizzamiglio (53.67) and Stefano Iacobone (53.83) completing the top three under 54 seconds.
Luca Pizzini emerged victorious from an exciting finish in the men's 50 breast. Pizzini hit the wall in 28.22, while Fabio Scozzoli and Andrea Toniato tied for second with matching 28.22s. Chiara Boggiatto followed in the women's 100 breast with a touch-out triumph over Nicol Valentini. Boggiatto stopped the clock in 1:09.74, while Valentini touched just behind with a second-place 1:09.09. Michela Guzzetti grabbed third in 1:10.36.
Luca Marin cruised to victory in the men's 400 IM with a time of 4:17.92. Federico Turrini finished second in 4:21.89, while Luca Angelo Dioli claimed third in 4:22.06. In another exciting finish, Chiara Masini Luccetti touched out Silvia Di Pietro, 56.06 to 56.09, for the women's 100 free title. Erika Ferraioli placed third in 56.30.