Latin Cup: Meet Concludes With Several More Latin Cup Records

MAR DE PLATA, Argentina, May 23. THE last day of the Latin Cup featured another large set of revisions to the meet record in the long course meter competition.

Paraguay's Ben Hockin lowered the meet record in the men's 50 fly twice. First, he clocked a 24.62 to beat Rafael Munoz's 2006 time of 24.64, before returning in the finale for a winning time of 24.45. Brazil's Henrique Martins took second in 24.50. Italy's Lucio Spadaro wound up third in 25.04.

Italy's Silvia Di Pietro downed a meet record in the women's 50 fly with a 27.17. That swim beat Ilaria Bianchi's 2008 time of 27.63. Colombia's Carolina Colorado clocked a 27.89 for second, while Brazil's Bruna Rocha finished third in 28.35.

Italy's Chiara Masini Luccetti cleared the Latin Cup mark in the women's 100 free with a winning 56.40. That performance wiped out the 57.21 set by Coralie Balmy back in 2002. Brazil's Alessandra Marchioro finished second in 57.79, while Spain's Ana Ruiz took third in 58.99.

Spain's Teresa Gutierrez eclipsed the meet mark in the women's 200 breast with a 2:31.54 for the win. She replaced the 2:32.25 set by Elisa Celli in 2008. Italy's Michela Guzzetti also beat the old record with a second-place 2:31.72. Argentina's Mijal Asis placed a distant third in 2:43.79.

Argentina's Federico Grabich clocked a 56.23 to win the men's 100 back. That time surpassed the 2008 meet record of 56.29 set by Leonardo Guedas. Spain's Rufino Regueira and Italy's Mattia Torrini tied for second with matching 56.45s.

Colorado turned her second-place finish in the 50 fly into a meet record in the women's 100 back with a 1:02.96. That swim erased the 1:03.29 set by Esther Baron in 2004. Portugal's Marta Marinho finished second in 1:04.49, while Italy's Veronica Neri and Argentina's Florencia Perotti tied for third with 1:04.91s.

Brazil's Lucas Kanieski set the meet record in the men's 1500 free with a 15:25.47. He lowered his 2008 standard of 15:28.61. Italy's Alessandro Cuoghi took second in 15:35.28, while Argentina's Esteban Paz rounded out the podium in 15:43.69.

Grabich also won the men's 100 free in 50.63, while Hockin took second in 51.23. Brazil's Henrique Rodrigues placed third in 51.32. Spain's Fernando Morillas touched out Italy's Francesco Di Lecce, 2:19.62 to 2:19.77, in the men's 200 breast. Portugal's Andre Silva wound up third in 2:20.47. Brazil's Julia Gerotto won the women's 400 IM in 4:55.67, while Italy's Silvia Meschiari finished second in 4:56.31. Spain's Ana Isabel Vadillo grabbed third in 4:57.52.