PESCARA, Italy, June 17. THE Sette Colli Trophy meet got underway today in Pescara with some seriously fast swimming. A pair of long course meter world bests went into the rankings for this year on the first night of action.
Sweden's Therese Alshammar set a meet record in the women's 50 free with a sterling time of 24.27. That clocking moved her into the top spot in the world rankings this year ahead of Ranomi Kromowidjojo's 24.40 from March. Fran Halsall stands second with a 24.77, while Alshammar previously held third with a 24.82. Halsall picked up second tonight in 24.85, while Greece's Martha Matsa grabbed third in 25.78.
Italy's Federica Pellegrini blasted the world with its first sub-4:04 time of the year with a top-ranked effort of 4:03.12 in the women's 400 free. That time cut more than a second off her previous top-ranked effort of 4:04.30 from April. Hungary's Agnes Mutina touched a distant second in 4:09.15 to leapfrog Katie Hoff (4:09.37) for 16th in the world. South Africa's Wendy Trott completed the top three in 4:10.49.
Australia's Eamon Sullivan won the men's 50 free in 22.09 to tie Ashley Callus for seventh in the world this year. USA's Josh Schneider finished second in 22.21 to jump to 12th in the world, while Italy's Luca Dotto placed third in 22.55.
Italy's Federico Colbertaldo won the men's 400 free in 3:50.32 to move to 23rd in the world. Andrea Busato finished second in 3:51.88, while Luca Baggio took third in 3:52.46.
Italy's Fabio Scozzoli tied for 18th in the world in the men's 100 breast with a winning time of 1:01.42. Norway's Alexander Dale Oen took second in 1:01.61, while Italy's Loris Facci captured third in 1:02.02.
Great Britain's Elizabeth Simmonds turned in a 28.61 to win the women's 50 back. That performance nearly cleared her 17th-ranked season best of 28.58 from February. Ariana Barbieri finished second in 29.01, while South Africa's Chanelle Van Wyk placed third in 29.32.
Great Britain's Liam Tancock, who is the top-ranked swimmer in the world with a 24.52 from March, won the men's 50 back in 25.29. Italy's Mirco Di Tora placed second in 25.89, while Matteo Giordano finished third in 26.07.
Italy's Chiara Boggiatto claimed the women's 100 breast title in 1:09.01, while Martina Carraro grabbed second in 1:10.66. Giulia Fabbri wound up third in 1:11.19.
Great Britain's Fran Halsall cleared 59 seconds in the women's 100 fly with a winning time of 58.97. That performance fell short of her third-ranked season best of 57.83 from March. Norway's Ingvild Snildal posted a second-place 1:00.05, while Italy's Francesca Segat and Elena Di Liddo tied for third with matching 1:00.28s.
Serbia's Milorad Cavic touched out Kenya's Jason Dunford and Australia's Geoff Huegill in the men's 100 fly. Cavic won in 52.53, while Dunford took second in 52.64 and Huegill rounded out the top three in 52.75 to move to 18th in the world.
Italy's Giorgia Consiglio earned the women's 1500 free title in 16:29.79. Martina Rita Caramignoli placed second in 16:34.33, while Greece's Kalliopi Araouzou picked up third in 16:49.49.