Italian Long Course Nationals: Federica Pellegrini Demonstrates Range With 100 Free Triumph

RICCIONE, Italy, March 7. IN a second day of competition in Riccione at the Italian Long Course Nationals, Federica Pellegrini claimed a second freestyle crown. Pellegrini knocked off Alice Mizzau, 54.73 to 55.41, for the women's 100 free crown. Erika Ferraioli placed third in 55.78. Pellegrini vaulted to 13th in the world with her swim.

Silvia Di Pietro raced to victory in the women's 50 fly with a 26.62, moving to eighth in the world rankings. Ilaria Bianchi touched second in 26.89 for 18th overall, while Elena Gemo placed third in 27.05.

Matteo Rivolta snagged the men's 100 fly title in 53.31 for 17th in the world rankings. Piero Codia took second in 53.50, while Marco Belotti finished third in 53.93.

Chiara Boggiatto topped the women's 200 breast in 2:28.12, while Lisa Fissneider (2:28.37) and Elisa Celli (2:28.96) placed second and third. Boggiatto improved to 15th with the swim, while Fissneider moved to 16th. Celli grabbed 23rd with her performance.

Federico Turrini won the men's 400 IM in 4:15.11, while Luca Marin placed second in 4:15.91. Alessandro Cuoghi wound up third in 4:19.36. Turrini improved to fifth in the world, while Marin took sixth in the rankings. Cuoghi jumped to 18th overall.

Martina Grimaldi captured the women's 1500 free in 16:27.77, while Rachel Bruni (16:31.14) and Irene De Biasi (16:34.70) completed the top three. Those times are among the top five in the early world rankings in that event.

Mattia Pesce snared the men's 100 breast title in 1:00.78, while Fabio Scozzoli (1:01.21) and Flavio Bizzarri (1:01.66) finished second and third. Pesce pushed to sixth in the world rankings, while Scozzoli already stood 11th with a 1:01.13.