RICCIONE, Italy, December 20. LUCA Dotto led a bevy of strong swims coming out of the Italian Winter Long Course Championships the past two days. The meet took place in a two-day timed finals format.
Luca Dotto sizzled in the men's 50 free with a 21.97 for the win, just missing the Italian record of 21.82 owned by Marco Orsi. His swim shot him to 19th in the world rankings this year. Federico Bocchia finished second in 22.01, while Orsi placed third in 22.47. Dotto then took a run at another national record, this time with a 48.30 to win the 100 free. That swim missed Filippo Magnini's 48.04, but was enough to dispatch Magnini (48.44) at this meet. Luca Leonardi finished third in 49.38. Leonardi wound up winning the 200 free in 1:49.51 with Gianluca Maglia (1:50.10) and Alex Di Giorgio (1:50.46) claiming second and third.
Coming off a silver medal in the 1500 free at the World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Gregorio Paltrinieri won the 400 free in 3:50.30. Gabriele Detti (3:50.57) and Federico Vanelli (3:50.57) took second and third. Paltrinieri also won the 1500 free long course with a 15:14.49. Luca Baggio (15:16.13) and Andrea Fabbroni (15:20.46) placed second and third.
Olympic bronze medalist Coralie Balmy of France cleared 2:00 to win the women's 200 free with a 1:59.36. Alice Mizzau touched second in 2:00.86, while Martina De Memme clinched third-place honors in 2:01.00. Balmy also claimed the women's 400 free title in 4:10.89, seven seconds back from her top time at the Olympics this past summer as she is rounding back into shape. De Memme finished second in the middle-distance event with a 4:11.34, while Alice Nesti placed third in 4:14.00. De Memme jumped to the top of the podium in the women's 800 free with an 8:34.91. Rachele Bruni (8:37.37) and Martina Rita Caramignoli (8:41.03) rounded out the top three.
Stefanie Pirozzi won the women's 200 fly in 2:10.59. Emanuela Albenzi touched second in 2:13.44, while Silvia Meschiari picked up third in 2:13.60. Pirozzi also won the women's 200 IM in 2:14.21, while Ludovica Leoni (2:16.83) and Alessia Polieri (2:17.20) rounded out the podium. Pirozzi clinched a third title with a 4:45.43 in the 400 IM. Polieri (4:48.75) and Susanna Negri (4:50.09) completed the top three.
Erika Ferraioli topped the women's 50 free in 25.74, while Giorgia Biondani took second in 25.92. The Netherlands' Maud Van Der Meer claimed third in 25.96. Ferraioli then finished second behind Mizzau in the women's 100 free, 55.89 to 56.01. Van Der Meer wrapped up another third-place finish in 56.06.
Arianna Barbieri cleared the field in the women's 50 back with a 29.01, while Elena Gemo earned second in 29.15. Carlotta Zofkova finished third in 29.32. Zofkova responded in the 100 back with a 1:01.09 for the win, while Barbieri (1:01.68) and Gemo (1:02.05) took second and third. Zofkova was the only swimmer to podium in all three backstroke events with a silver in the 200 back in 2:11.17. Ambra Esposito won the race in 2:11.01, while Federica Sorriso took third in 2:14.18.
Stefano Pizzamiglio won the men's 50 back in 25.36, while Mirco Di Tora (25.38) and Niccolo Bonacchi (25.50) rounded out the podium. Di Tora then won the 100 back in 54.51 with Pizzamiglio (55.09) and Bonacchi (55.25) second and third. Fabio Laugeni claimed the 200 back title in 1:58.86. Michele Malerba (2:00.05) and Mattia Aversa (2:00.13) finished second and third.
Michela Guzzetti won the women's 50 breast in 32.09, while Monica Marchetti took second in 32.28. Chiara Boggiatto and Nicol Valentini tied for third with matching 32.33s. Guzzetti doubled up with a 1:09.66 to win the 100 breast with Giulia De Ascentis taking second in 1:09.94. Boggiatto podiumed again with a third-place 1:10.36. Elisa Celli topped the 200 breast in 2:28.55, while De Ascentis (2:30.85) and Guzzetti (2:31.22) finished second and third.
Mattia Pesce downed Fabio Scozzoli, 27.65 to 27.70, with Scozzoli still on the mend after coming down with a fever that cut short his participation at the short course worlds in Turkey. Andrea Toniato took third in 28.01. Scozzoli managed a 1:01.49 to 1:01.53 touchout win ahead of Pesce in the 100 with Flavio Bizzarri taking third in 1:01.82. Bizzari countered in the 200 breast with a 2:12.04 for the win. Luca Pizzini (2:12.30) and Edoardo Giorgetti (2:12.36) earned second and third.
Ilaria Bianchi, fresh off the World Short Course Championships, claimed the women's 50 fly title in 26.95. Gemo (27.26) and Letizia Bertelli (27.34) took second and third. Bianchi then earned a second title in the 100 fly with a 58.93, while Valentina Zonno (1:00.17) and Elena Di Liddo (1:00.49) placed second and third.
Piero Codia topped the men's 50 fly in 23.75, while Tommaso Romani placed second in 24.11. Paolo Facchinelli took third in 24.19. Codia doubled up with a 52.79 to win the men's 100 fly, while Romani (53.64) and Francesco Giordano (54.05) claimed second and third. Francesco Pavone clinched the 200 fly win in 1:58.75. Niccolo Beni (1:59.75) and Gherardo Bruni (2:00.91) comprised the rest of the podium.
Federico Turrini captured the men's 200 IM crown in 1:59.22, while Claudio Fossi (2:01.59) and Luca Angelo Dioli (2:02.00) turned in second and third-place finishes. Turrini then swept the IMs with a 4:16.85 in the 400. Fossi (4:20.13) and Dioli (4:22.35) took second and third.