Natalie Coughlin Sets 100 IM American Record in Italy

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Photo Courtesy: Azaria Basile

MASSAROSA – Natalie Coughlin set the American record in her favorite event, the 100-meter IM, on the second day of competition at the Mussi-Lombardi-Femiano short course meter meet today.  It was part of a daily double that included a win in the women’s 100-meter freestyle.

Coughlin raced her way to a sizzling time of 58.55 in the short course sprint medley today. That swim cleared the 58.65 set by Ariana Kukors back in 2010 in Dubai. The swim moved her up to sixth in the world rankings.

To watch race video of this epic swim, check out our separate article.

That’s Coughlin’s third short course American record as she already owns the 100 free (51.88) and 100 back (55.97) marks.

Ilaria Bianchi (1:01.04) and Laura Letrari (1:01.70) finished second and third.

Coughlin then doubled up just 10 minutes later with a 52.68 in the women’s 100-meter free.  That swim jumped her to eighth in the world.  Federica Pellegrini finished second in 53.19, while Erika Ferraioli placed third in 53.30.

Federica Pellegrini vaulted to fourth in the world rankings with a sizzling 1:52.89 in the women’s 200-meter free.  Only Katinka Hosszu (1:51.41), Femke Heemskerk (1:51.72) and Emma McKeon (1:52.59) have been faster this year.

Pellegrini’s world record stands at 1:51.17 from 2009, and the biggest question is whether Pellegrini can get herself in shape to challenge her techsuit-fueled global standard.

Chiara Masini Luccetti (1:56.89) and Alice Mizzau (1:56.97) placed second and third.

Pellegrini then took second to Margherita Panziera, 2:05.89 to 2:06.50, in the women’s 200-meter back.  Carlotta Zofkova finished third in 2:08.45.

Ilaria Bianchi powered her way to fifth in the world in the women’s 100-meter fly with a 56.81.  Only Lu Ying (55.95), Inge Dekker (56.03), Emma McKeon (56.21) and Katinka Hosszu (56.63) have been faster this year.

Bianchi’s time is also within striking distance of her Italian record of 56.13 from 2012.

Silvia Di Pietro (57.99) and Elena Di Liddo (58.02) took second and third.

Erika Ferraioli tied Christina Chiuso’s 2005 Italian record of 24.37 to win the women’s 50-meter free and move to 12th in the world.  Natalie Coughlin, meanwhile, grabbed second in 24.49 with Di Pietro earning third in 24.61.

Di Pietro returned in the women’s 50-meter fly with a 25.82. That put her eighth in the world, and just missed Ilaria Bianchi’s Italian record of 25.62.  Bianchi touched second in 26.44 with Di Liddo placing third in 26.60.

Stefania Pirozzi moved up to 10th in the world in the women’s 400-meter IM with a time of 4:33.28.  Luisa Trombetti clinched second in 4:38.64, while Susanna Negri snared third in 4:44.98.

Alessia Polieri won the women’s 200-meter fly in 2:05.69 to move to eighth in the world.  Pirozzi finished second in 2:07.81, while Teresa Strickner placed third in 2:10.52.

Fabio Scozzoli, who already stands third in the world with a 26.37 from the Dubai stop of the FINA World Cup, won the men’s 50-meter breast in 26.68.  Claudio Fossi took second in 26.75 with Francesco Di Lecce placing third in 26.81.

Scozzoli doubled up with a 53.26 in the men’s 100-meter IM, moving to 14th in the world.  Damiano Lestingi took second in 53.82 with Stefano Pizzamiglio earning third in 54.13.

Scozzoli collected his third title of the meet with a 58.51 in the men’s 100-meter breast.  Claudio Fossi finished second in 58.57.  Edoardo Giorgetti placed third in 59.31.

Marco Orsi hit the wall in 23.24 to win the men’s 50-meter fly.  Marco Belotti took second in 23.44 with Piero Codia touching third in 23.62.

Orsi, who already stands sixth in the world with a 21.23, took the men’s 50-meter free title in 21.31. Federico Bocchia finished second in 21.70 with Luca Dotto placing third in 22.01.

Niccolo Bonacchi snagged the men’s 100-meter back title in 51.64 with Matteo Milli earning second in 52.87.  Fabio Laugeni wound up third in 52.96.

Bonacchi picked up a second title with a 24.36 in the men’s 50-meter back. Matteo Milli snared second in 24.41 with Stefano Pizzamiglio placing third is 24.47.

Gabriele Detti topped the men’s 400-meter free in 3:44.01, while Riccardo Maestri placed second in 3:48.22.  Gianluca Maglia wound up third in 3:48.89. Detti doubled up with a 14:41.45 in the men’s 1500-meter free.  Federico Vanelli touched second in 15:09.06 with Simone Ruffini earning third in 15:13.20.

Marco Belotti won the men’s 200-meter free in 1:44.84.  Filippo Magnini finished second in 1:45.24 with Damiano Lestingi taking third in 1:45.55.

Franceso Pavone touched out Francesco Giordano, 1:56.05 to 1:56.06, in the men’s 200-meter fly.  Matteo Pelizzari finished third in 1:57.03.

Luca Angelo Dioli posted a 4:15.56 to win the men’s 400-meter IM.  Francesco Pavone (4:16.33) and Lorenzo Tarocchi (4:16.64) rounded out the top three.

Edoardo Giorgetti won the men’s 200-meter breast in 2:05.98 with Claudio Fossi taking second in 2:05.83.  Luca Pizzini finished third in 2:06.89.

Matteo Rivolta put up a 51.64 to win the men’s 100-meter fly, while Piero Codia touched second in 51.70.  Francesco Giordano finished third in 52.57.

Luca Mencarini captured the men’s 200-meter back in 1:53.87, while Fabio Laugeni placed second in 1:54.35.  Giorgio Gaetani touched third in 1:54.94.

Damiano Lestingi topped the men’s 200-meter IM in 1:56.90, while Claudio Fossi touched second in 1:58.63, while Simone Geni placed third in 1:59.07.

Elena Di Liddo won the women’s 50-meter back in 27.22 with Elena Gemo taking second in 27.45. Arianna Barbieri finished third in 27.54.

Barbieri then won the women’s 100-meter back in 59.23 with Gemo tying Panziera for second with 59.60s.

Ilaria Scarcella hit the wall in 1:07.24 to win the women’s 100-meter breast. Arianna Castiglioni finished second in 1:08.32 with Michela Guzzetti claiming third in 1:08.35.

Aurora Ponsele picked up a win in the women’s 800-meter free in 8:21.10, while Chiara Masini Luccetti finished second in 8:22.61.  Diletta Carli claimed third in 8:25.08.

Carli later won the women’s 400-meter free in 4:04.76, while Masini Luccetti finished second in 4:06.06.  Martina Rita Caramignoli claimed third in 4:09.00.

Laura Letrari clipped Luisa Trombetti, 2:10.44 to 2:10.46, in the women’s 200-meter IM.  Alice Nesti finished second in 2:11.15.

Arianna Castiglioni edged Martina Carraro, 31.34 to 31.39, in the women’s 50-meter breast.  Lisa Fissneider took third in 31.42.

Francesca Fangio claimed the women’s 200-meter breast in 2:25.17 with Fissneider touching second in 2:25.88.  Elisa Celli finished third in 2:26.57.

Results: Mussi-Lombardi-Femiano