GENOA, Italy, November 2. THE Nico Sapio Memorial meet in Genoa, Italy featured some strong short course meter swimming this afternoon.
Matteo Rivolta lowered his week-old Italian record in the men’s 100-meter fly with a winning time of 50.84. That swim clipped his previous mark of 50.87 set last week at the Insubria Trophy meet, and closed the Team Insubrika swimmer closer to fifth-ranked Nikolay Skvortsov (50.57) in the world rankings. Rivolta had the pool nearly to himself as Italy’s Piero Codia took second in 52.29, while Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh cruised to third in 52.36.
In the women’s 100-meter fly, Italy’s Ilaria Bianchi captured the title in 58.02, just outside the World top 10 currently anchored by Audrey Lacroix and Inge Dekker with matching 57.91s from various stops on the FINA World Cup circuit. Austria’s Birgit Koschischek checked in with a second-place 59.31, while Italy’s Claudia Tarzia snatched third in 59.71. Notably, Bahamas’ Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace finished fifth for SwimMAC with a 59.97.
USA’s Nick Thoman blasted the seventh-best men’s 100-meter back of the year with a blistering 50.86 for the win. The SwimMAC representative went out fast with a 24.28 before coming home in 26.58 to smoke the field. Italy’s Stefano Pizzamiglio snared second in 52.50, while Mirco Di Tora finished third in 52.65.
Italy went 1-2 in the women’s 100-meter backstroke with Arianna Barbieri winning in 59.63, while Elena Gemo touched second in 59.70. Germany’s Jenny Mensing placed just behind with a third-place time of 59.97, while USA’s Madison Kennedy of SwimMAC wound up fourth in 1:00.66.
SwimMAC earned a second title as Katie Meili of the U.S. raced to a 1:06.80 to win the women’s 100-meter breaststroke. She went out hard with a 31.65 split before holding on to win with a 35.15. Giulia De Ascentics of Italy closed a bit faster with a 34.82 but wound up second in 1:07.38 after spitting a 32.56 front half. Silvia Guerra finished third in 1:08.68.
Meili doubled up this afternoon with a 2:11.53 to win the women’s 200-meter IM. Luisa Trombetti claimed second with a time of 2:13.06, while Giulia De Ascentis pocketed third with a time of 2:13.09.
Francesco Di Lecce hit the wall in 59.45 to win the men’s 100-meter breaststroke finale, while Claudio Fossi touched second in 59.91 with just two swimmers breaking 1:00. Daniele Cremonesi picked up third-place honors in 1:00.29.
USA’s Natalie Coughlin crushed the field in the women’s 100-meter freestyle with a sizzling 52.54. Coughlin, one of the most decorated female swimmers in history with three Olympic gold medals and seven long course world titles, moved to seventh in the world this year in the 100 free as she continues to morph into strictly a sprinter towards the end of her career. It’s been a remarkable transformation as she moved away from her backstroke dominance while training with the California post-grad squad that includes Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin.
SwimMAC’s Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas touched second in 54.54, while Austria’s Birgit Koschischek finished third in the sprint with a 54.57. USA’s Madison Kennedy, also of SwimMAC, pocketed fourth-place honors with a 54.85.
Italy’s Lorenzo Benatti stopped the clock in 49.04 for the win in the men’s 100-meter free, while SwimMAC’s Roy Burch (49.29) and Cullen Jones (49.41) placed second and third with Jones tying with Mattia Schirru (49.41) for the final spot on the podium.
Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh closed out the night with a touchout triumph in front of Federico Turrini in the men’s 200-meter IM, 1:57.49 to 1:57.54. Stefano Pizzamiglio earned third in a time of 1:58.09.
The 400-meter freestyle events opened the night. Gabriele Detti topped the men’s 400 free in 3:45.98, while Federico Turrini placed second in 3:46.51. Nicolangelo Di Fabio rounded out the top three in 3:49.40. Chiara Masini Luccetti took home the women’s 400-meter free title in 4:07.59. Martina De Memme (4:09.00) and Diletta Carli (4:09.91) finished second and third.