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Three National Records Set on First Day of Italian Short Course Champs -- December 21, 2000

DESENZANO, Italy. December 21. DESPITE the absence of Italian Olympic triple medalist, Massi Rosolino, there was some very fast swimming on the first day of the two-day Italian National Short Course Championships in Desenzano.

Rosolino has been under a cloud of suspicion ever since October, when it was revealed that he was one of 61 Italian Olympians--and five gold medalists--who recorded astronomically high levels of human growth hormone in testing in June by the Itlian Olympic Committee.

Three records were set today in Desenzano. In the men's 200m fly, Andrea Oriana posted a 1:57.39, just bettering the former mark of 1:57.45 set by Massi Eroli in November. Eroli was a close second today in 1:57.53.

Cristina Chiuso broke her own 50 meter freestyle mark set last week at the aEuropean Short Course Championships in Valencia. Chiuso clocked 25.48 seconds; her old record stood at 25.59.

Alessandra Cappa swam 50 meters backstroke in 28.83 seconds, five-hundredths faster than the record she set at this meet two years ago.

Fabiana Susini was the only double winner on Day One. In the 200 free, she eked out a close victory in 2:01.11. The 800 free was a cake walk, as her 8:36.63 was nearly seven seconds faster than the next fastest swimmer.

Klaus Lanzerini won the men's 100m free in 49.97 seconds, as just 12-hundredths separated first from fourth place. Rene Gusperti was second in 50.00.

The men's 400 free saw another tight battle, with Christian minotti emerging the winner over Simone Ercoli, 3:49.69 to 3:49.87.

Fabio Farabegoli was simply fab in winning the men's 200m breaststroke in a swift 2:09.57.