Italy Names European Swimming Championships Roster; Fabio Scozzoli Added As “Wild Card”

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ROME, Italy, June 26. THE recent Sette Colli Trophy meet gave 11 swimmers the opportunity to add themselves to the team attending August’s European championships in Berlin.

One of the swimmers added to the list was Fabio Scozzoli, who was put in as a “wild card” according to the Federazione Italiana Nuoto. Scozzoli has been on the mend all year after surgery to repair a torn ACL tendon in his knee last fall, and will race at the Italian nationals at the beginning of September to see if he is in good racing form. Scozzoli won the 100 breast at the 2012 European championships and was the bronze medalist in the 100 breast in the 2010 edition. His highest accomplishments are winning two silver medals at the long course world championships in the 50 and 100 breaststrokes in 2011, and taking the short course world title in the 100 breast in 2012.

Other new additions include Marco Orsi, who contributes greatly for Italy on the sprint freestyle relays. He posted a 22.22 at the Sette Colli meet to earn a spot on the European championship team.

Federica Pellegrini continues to be the headliner for the Italian team, and she will be looking for a third-straight continental title in the 200 freestyle, as well as hardware in the 400 free and backstroke events. Mitch D’Arrigo, who just wrapped a successful freshman season in the United States at the University of Florida, will also represent Italy in Berlin.

Below is the full list of athletes on the European championship team, with the 11 new athletes in bold. The federation noted that more athletes could be added to the list at the Italian summer nationals, which will be held August 1-2 in Rome.

Arianna Barbieri
Marco Belotti
Ilaria Bianchi
Niccolo Bonacchi
Martina Rita Caramignoli
Diletta Carli
Arianna Castiglioni
Elisa Celli
Christopher Ciccarese
Piero Codia
Andrea Mitchell D’Arrigo
Giulia De Ascentis
Gabriele Detti
Elena Di Liddo
Silvia Di Pietro
Luca Dotto
Erika Ferraioli
Lisa Fissneider
Elena Gemo
Luca Leonardi
Damiano Lestingi
Filippo Magnini
Chiara Masini Luccetti
Luca Mencarini
Alice Mizzau
Marco Orsi
Gregorio Paltrinieri
Francesco Pavone
Federica Pellegrini
Mattia Pesce
Stefania Pirozzi
Stefano Mauro Pizzamiglio
Samuel Pizzetti
Luca Pizzini
Alessia Polieri
Aurora Ponsele
Matteo Rivolta
Fabio Scozzoli
Andrea Toniato
Federico Turrini
Carlotta Zofkova

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the host of several shows on SwimmingWorld.TV, including "The Morning Swim Show," which features interviews with people making headlines in aquatic sports. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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