Sette Colli Trophy: Elizabeth Simmonds, Laszlo Cseh Close Meet With Records

PESCARA, Italy, June 19. TWO more meet records went into the books at the Sette Colli Trophy meet held over long course meters in Pescara.

Great Britain's Elizabeth Simmonds set a meet record in the women's 200 back with a time of 2:08.31. That effort clipped the 2:08.80 set by Hanae Ito in 2008. Simmonds is the top-ranked swimmer in the world with a time of 2:06.79 from March. Roberta Ioppi placed second in 2:14.04, while Alessia Filippi took third in 2:14.34.

Hungary's Laszlo Cseh lowered the meet record in the men's 200 IM with a 1:59.14. That performance wiped out the 1:59.81 set clocked back in 2005. He just missed his fourth-ranked season best of 1:59.01 from the Canet stop of the Mare Nostrum. Vytautas Janusaitis finished second in 2:01.67, while Chad Le Clos clocked a 2:02.85 for third-place overall.

The men's 50 fly featured a blazing battle with Australia's Geoff Huegill trumping Serbia's Milorad Cavic. Huegill won in 23.50, while Cavic took second in 23.79. Huegill just missed his second-ranked season best of 23.46 from March, while Cavic moved up to seventh in the world. Jason Dunford grabbed third in 24.00.

Sweden's Therese Alshammar posted a 25.86 to win the women's 50 fly. She's been faster this year with a top-ranked 25.49 from the Barcelona stop of the Mare Nostrum. Triin Aljand placed second in 26.31, while Fran Halsall earned third in 26.62.

Australia's Eamon Sullivan touched out Filippo Magnini, 49.25 to 49.35, in the men's 100 free. Dunford snared his second podium of the night with a third-place 49.71. Sullivan has a 48.52 to his credit from March.

In another close contest, Femke Heemskerk beat Agnes Mutina, 1:58.22 to 1:58.28, in the women's 200 free. Heemskerk moved to 12th in the world, while Mutina fell short of her sixth-ranked season best of 1:57.71 from April. Zsuzsanna Jakabos completed the podium with a third-place time of 2:01.08.

Federico Colbertaldo became just the 10th man under 15:10 this year in the men's 1500 free with a 15:09.41. That time moved him to ninth in the world ahead of Mark Randall's 15:09.75. Luca Ferretti placed second in 15:17.84, while Samuel Pizzetti took third in 15:27.37.

Evelyn Verraszto improved to 16th in the world in the women's 200 IM with a winning time of 2:12.67. Francesca Segat finished second in 2:15.20, while Camilla Dal Rio wound up third in 2:17.46.

Sebastiano Ranfagni topped the men's 200 back in 1:59.91, while Matteo Milli earned second in 1:59.94 in a close finish. Damiano Lestingi completed the top three in 2:00.12. Neil Versfeld claimed the men's 200 breast in 2:12.88. Akos Molnar touched second in 2:14.19, while Michael Jamieson wound up third in 2:14.25.

Chiara Boggiatto snatched the women's 200 breast title in 2:28.97, while Elisa Celli placed second in 2:32.27. Irene Lacriola rounded out the top three in 2:34.10.

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