2019 Sette Colli: Chad Le Clos Takes Down Metella in 100 Fly, Quadarella Swims Third Fastest 1500 For 2019

Chad Le Clos arena
Photo Courtesy: arena and La Presse

The first night of finals from the 2019 Sette Colli in Rome, Italy featured 11 total events. Chad Le Clos won the battle of the heavyweights in the 100 fly by beating France’s Mehdy Metella with a 51.61. Meet records fell the way to Michael Andrew in the 50 back and Simona Quadarella in the 1500 free.

The world rankings list was also shaken up by Spain’s Jessica Vall in the 100 breast, Hungary’s Ajna Kesely in the 400 free, and Australia’s Holly Barratt in the 50 fly.

Brazil’s Bruno Fratus also swam a very quick 50 free and Adam Peaty won yet another 100 breast final heat.

Women’s 50 Back

Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros won the 50 back to start the session at the 2019 Sette Colli Trophy in Rome with a 27.64. She originally finished second to Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands but Toussaint was disqualified. Australia’s Holly Barratt (28.00) was second and Italy’s Silvia Scalia (28.11) was third. Medeiros currently has the fastest time in the world with a 27.36 from April.

Results:

  1. Etiene Medeiros, BRA, 27.64
  2. Holly Barratt, AUS, 28.00
  3. Silvia Scalia, ITA, 28.11
  4. Julie Jensen, DEN, 28.23
  5. Caroline Pilhatsch, AUT, 28.26
  6. Tania Quaglieri, ITA, 28.30
  7. Zofkova Costa de Saint, ITA, 28.47
  8. Kira Toussaint, NED, DQ

Men’s 50 Back

Michael Andrew broke the meet record in the 50 back on Friday at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome with a 24.39. He lowered the previous meet record that he broke this morning with a 24.53. Andrew now has the second fastest time in the world for 2019 behind Russia’s Mark Nikolaev (24.23). Italy’s Simone Sabbioni (24.97) was second and Sweden’s Gustav Hokfelt (25.23) was third.

Andrew beat his previous season best of 24.66 from the TYR Pro Swim Series in Richmond.

Results:

  1. Michael Andrew, USA, 24.39
  2. Simone Sabbioni, ITA, 24.97
  3. Gustav Hokfelt, SWE, 25.23
  4. Jonatan Kopelev, ISR, 25.31
  5. Bence Szentes, HUN, 25.46
  6. Mohamed Samy, EGY, 25.51
  7. Christopher Ciccarese, ITA, 25.52
  8. Matteo Milli, ITA, DQ

2019 World Rankings:

  1. Mark Nikolaev, RUS, 24.23
  2. Michael Andrew, USA, 24.39
  3. Xu Jiayu, CHN, 24.47
  4. Dmitriy Maltsev, RUS, 24.54
  5. Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS, 24.58
  6. Robert Glinta, ROU, 24.59
  7. Jeremy Stravius, FRA, 24.65
  8. Justin Ress, USA, 24.68

Women’s 400 Free

Hungary’s Ajna Kesely lowered her season best in the 400 free with a 4:04.70 on Friday at the 2019 Sette Colli Trophy in Rome. Kesely was a 4:05.12 at the Hungarian Nationals in March and currently sits sixth in the world rankings. Kesely was not far off the meet record of 4:02.64 by Camille Muffat from 2013.

Japan’s Chihiro Igarashi (4:10.72) finished in second and Italy’s Stefania Pirozzi (4:11.06) was third.

Results:

  1. Ajna Kesely, HUN, 4:04.70
  2. Chihiro Igarashi, JPN, 4:10.72
  3. Stefania Pirozzi, ITA, 4:11.06
  4. Erica Musso, ITA, 4:12.09
  5. Sara Gailli, ITA, 4:14.83
  6. Joanna Desbordes, FRA, 4:16.56
  7. Flora Tavoletta, ITA, 4:16.98
  8. Diletta Carli, ITA, 4:17.73

2019 World Rankings:

  1. Katie Ledecky, USA, 3:59.28
  2. Ariarne Titmus, AUS, 3:59.35
  3. Li Bingjie, CHN, 4:03.29
  4. Wang Jianjiahe, CHN, 4:03.77
  5. Leah Smith, USA, 4:03.86
  6. Ajna Kesely, HUN, 4:04.70
  7. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 4:05.16
  8. Kiah Melverton, AUS, 4:05.30

Men’s 400 Free

Italy’s Gabriele Detti scored the first win for the Italians this weekend with a solid 3:45.76 in the 400 free on Friday at the 2019 Sette Colli Trophy. Detti won by nearly three full seconds over Matteo Ciampi (3:48.73) of Italy. Denmark’s Anton Ipsen (3:49.99) was third. Detti has been faster this year with his 3:43.36 from the Italian Nationals in April as he sits tied for second in the world rankings for 2019. Detti also holds the meet record with his 3:44.21 from 2016

Results:

  1. Gabriele Detti, ITA, 3:45.76
  2. Matteo Ciampi, ITA, 3:48.73
  3. Anton Ipsen, DEN, 3:49.99
  4. Luke Turley, GBR, 3:51.92
  5. Fabio Lombini, ITA, 3:53.42
  6. Denis Loktev, ISR, 3:53.53
  7. Akos Kalmar, HUN, 3:54.12
  8. Balazs Hollo, HUN, 3:54.77
  9. Geremia Freri, ITA, 3:55.70

Women’s 100 Breast

Spain’s Jessica Vall scored the seventh fastest time of 2019 in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:06.67 on Friday at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome. Vall improved on her season best of 1:07.37 from March as she moves into the top eight in the world. Vall was just off her 1:06.44 Spanish Record from 2017. Vall finished ahead of Italy’s Martina Carraro (1:07.04) and Switzerland’s Lisa Mamie (1:07.42). Carraro tied her season best from April as she is 13th in the world for 2019.

Results:

  1. Jessica Vall, ESP, 1:06.67
  2. Martina Carraro, ITA, 1:07.04
  3. Lisa Mamie’, SUI, 1:07.42
  4. Jhennifer Conceicao, BRA, 1:07.64
  5. Fanny Lecluyse, BEL, 1:07.79
  6. Ilaria Scarcella, ITA, 1:07.92
  7. Jessica Steiger, GER, 1:08.50
  8. Sara Vasey, GBR, 1:08.57

2019 World Rankings:

  1. Lilly King, USA, 1:05.13
  2. Yulia Efimova, RUS, 1:05.51
  3. Annie Lazor, USA, 1:06.03
  4. Anna Belousova, RUS, 1:06.34
  5. Reona Aoki, JPN, 1:06.44
  6. Kierra Smith, CAN, 1:06.54
  7. Jessica Vall, ESP, 1:06.67
  8. Satomi Suzuki, JPN, 1:06.81

Men’s 100 Breast

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty made another 58 100 breast look easy on Friday at the 2019 Sette Colli Trophy in Rome with a 58.72. Peaty may have been a little too close for comfort to Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi, who was second at 59.30. Martinenghi is now 11th in the world rankings for 2019, improving on his 59.37 from January. That swim should put Martinenghi on the World Championships team for the Italians in four weeks. Brazil’s Joao Gomes and Serbia’s Caba Siladji (59.61) tied for third place.

Results:

  1. Adam Peaty, GBR, 58.72
  2. Nicolo Martinenghi, ITA, 59.30
  3. Joao Gomes, BRA, 59.61
  4. Caba Siladji, SRB, 59.61
  5. Arno Kamminga, NED, 59.68
  6. Felipe Lima, BRA, 1:00.00
  7. Fabio Scozzoli, ITA, 1:00.19
  8. Giedrius Titenis, LTU, 1:00.68

Women’s 50 Fly

Australia’s Holly Barratt was swimming in her second final of the day on Friday at the 2019 Sette Colli Trophy in Rome as she won the 50 fly with a 25.68. Barratt was second in the 50 back earlier in the night and moved up to third in the world rankings in the 50 fly with her swim. Barratt was well in front of Denmark’s Emilie Beckmann (26.31) and Italy’s Ilaria Bianchi (26.38).

Results:

  1. Holly Barratt, AUS, 25.68
  2. Emilie Beckmann, DEN, 26.31
  3. Ilaria Bianchi, ITA, 26.38
  4. Silvia Di Pietro, ITA, 26.41
  5. Elena Di Liddo, ITA, 26.44
  6. Maaike de Waard, NED, 26.55
  7. Kim Busch, NED, 26.61
  8. Dainara De Paula, BRA, 26.92

2019 World Rankings:

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 25.32
  2. Farida Osman, EGY, 25.65
  3. Holly Barratt, AUS, 25.68
  4. Louise Hansson, SWE, 25.84
  5. Emilie Beckmann, DEN, 25.85
  6. Arina Surkova, RUS, 25.85
  7. Anastasiya Shkurdai, BLR, 25.87
  8. Kelsi Dahlia, USA, 25.87

Men’s 100 Fly

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos edged out France’s Mehdy Metella on Friday at the 2019 Sette Colli Trophy in Rome in the 100 fly with a 51.61 to Metella’s 51.65. Le Clos and Metella sit in the top two spots in the world rankings for 2019 with Metella on top with his 50.85 from April. Italy’s Piero Codia (51.95), who had the fastest time from any of the international meets in 2018, wound up third. Codia was a 51.75 in April which stands at his season best for 2019.

Results:

  1. Chad Le Clos, RSA, 51.61
  2. Mehdy Metella, FRA, 51.65
  3. Piero Codia, ITA, 51.95
  4. Kristof Milak, HUN, 52.26
  5. Tomer Frankel, ISR, 52.31
  6. Matteo Rivolta, ITA, 52.35
  7. Daiya Seto, JPN, 52.36
  8. Federico Burdisso, ITA, 52.68

2019 World Rankings:

  1. Mehdy Metella, FRA, 50.85
  2. Chad Le Clos, RSA, 51.25
  3. Sebastian Szabo, HUN, 51.34
  4. Marius Kusch, GER, 51.35
  5. Caeleb Dressel, USA, 51.41
  6. Naoki Mizunuma, JPN, 51.43
  7. Andrei Minakov, RUS, 51.44
  8. David Morgan, AUS, 51.47
  9. Matthew Temple, AUS, 51.47

Women’s 50 Free

Denmark’s Pernille Blume won the 50 free with a 24.09, just 0.01 off her 24.08 from the FINA Champions Series in Indianapolis. Blume is currently ranked third in the world with that time as she won in Rome over Femke Heemskerk (24.71) of the Netherlands. Spain’s Lidon Munoz (24.82) finished in third place. Blume is having a remarkable year despite the fact she underwent heart surgery earlier in the year.

Results:

  1. Pernille Blume, DEN, 24.09
  2. Femke Heemskerk, NED, 24.71
  3. Lidon Munoz, ESP, 24.82
  4. Kim Busch, NED, 25.12
  5. Etiene Medeiros, BRA, 25.20
  6. Rika Omoto, JPN, 25.26
  7. Jessica Felsner, GER, 25.28
  8. Julie Jensen, DEN, 25.31

Men’s 50 Free

Brazil’s Bruno Fratus swam one of the fastest times in the world in the 50 free on Friday at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome with a 21.42. Fratus originally had the fastest time in the world for 2019 with his 21.31 from Monaco. He swam just a tick slower than that as he is one of the favorites to win the gold medal at the World Championships in four weeks.

*It was originally reported that Fratus had the world’s fastest times but the times from the Mare Nostrum had not been added to FINA’s world rankings list thus a mistake was made.

Fratus finished ahead of 2012 Olympic Champion Florent Manaudou of France at 21.72. Manaudou is swimming his first race back since retiring after the 2016 Olympic Games. USA’s Michael Andrew (21.94) was third. Manaudou moved up to eighth in the world rankings for 2019 with his swim. He is still well off his best time of 21.19 from 2015 but he is still world class in the 50.

Fratus is now leading the world rankings ahead of Great Britain’s Ben Proud and Italy’s Andrea Vergani, who did not compete at the Sette Colli meet in Rome. His best time is a 21.27, which puts him 11th all-time.

Results:

  1. Bruno Fratus, BRA, 21.42
  2. Florent Manaudou, FRA, 21.72
  3. Michael Andrew, USA, 21.94
  4. Santo Condorelli, ITA, 22.15
  5. Luca Dotto, ITA, 22.15
  6. Jesse Puts, NED, 22.16
  7. Shinri Shioura, JPN, 22.16
  8. Sergii Shevtsov, UKR, 22.21

2019 World Rankings:

  1. Bruno Fratus, BRA, 21.31
  2. Ben Proud, GBR, 21.48
  3. Andrea Vergani, ITA, 21.53
  4. Vladimir Morozov, RUS, 21.55
  5. Shinri Shioura, JPN, 21.67
  6. Caeleb Dressel, USA, 21.69
  7. Pawel Juraszek, POL, 21.71
  8. Florent Manaudou, FRA, 21.72

Women’s 1500 Free

Italy’s Simona Quadarella crushed her own meet record in the 1500 to close out Friday’s session of the 2019 Sette Colli Trophy in Rome. Quadarella swam a 15:48.84 in the event to lower her meet record of 15:56.81 from 2018. The time puts her third in the world rankings for 2019 as she sits behind Katie Ledecky (15:45.59) and China’s Wang Jianjiahe (15:46.69). Quadarella won handily over Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas (16:08.67) and Italy’s Giulia Gabrielleschi (16:10.35).

Results:

  1. Simona Quadarella, ITA, 15:48.84
  2. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 16:08.67
  3. Giulia Gabrielleschi, ITA, 16:10.35
  4. Alisia Tettamanzi, ITA, 16:27.88
  5. Silvia Ciccarella, ITA, 16:30.56
  6. Celine Rieder, GER, 16:34.00
  7. Veronica Santoni, ITA, 16:59.56
  8. Evelin Edel, GER, 17:24.80

2019 World Rankings:

  1. Katie Ledecky, USA, 15:45.59
  2. Jianjiahe Wang, CHN, 15:46.69
  3. Simona Quadarella, ITA, 15:48.84
  4. Delfina Pignatiello, ARG, 15:51.68
  5. Erica Sullivan, USA, 15:55.25
  6. Kiah Melverton, AUS, 15:58.09
  7. Maddy Gough, AUS, 15:58.26
  8. Sarah Kohler, GER, 16:06.68