Sarah Sjostrom Shuts Door on Sette Colli With 5 Golds

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom closed shop on an incredible Setti Colli Trophy Meet in Rome with her fourth and fifth titles after turning in some phenomenal swims on day one and two.

Sjostrom captured her fourth title of the competition with a meet-record time in the women’s 50-meter fly. Sjostrom popped a time of 25.23 to clear Inge Dekker’s 2014 mark of 25.50.  Sjostrom’s swim fell short of her season-best top-ranked 24.69 from the Eindhoven Swim Cup, but was plenty enough to win tonight.

Dekker, meanwhile, picked up second-place honors in a time of 25.68 to improve on her third-ranked season best of 25.72.  Elena Gemo wound up third in 26.04 to move into ninth in the world rankings.

Sjostrom won her fifth title with a meet-record effort of 1:55.05 in the women’s 200-meter free.  That’s just a bit off her second-ranked 1:54.77 from the Bergen Swim Festival, but was enough to lower Camille Muffat’s meet-mark of 1:56.01.

Federica Pellegrini finished second in the finale with a time of 1:56.06 to move to fifth in the world, while Alice Mizzau claimed third in 1:59.52.

Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas claimed the women’s 800-meter free title in 8:23.71, moving to fifth in the world rankings with the swim.  Italy’s Erica Musso (8:28.70) and Diletta Carli (8:30.44) rounded out the top three.

Italy’s Luca Mencarini topped the men’s 200-meter back in 1:57.83 with Christopher Ciccarese placing second in 1:58.27.  Peter Bernek snatched third in 1:58.56.

Italy’s Margherita Panziera won the women’s 200-meter back in 2:10.93 with Scotland’s Kathleen Dawson earning second in 2:12.78.  Italy’s Carlotta Zofkova placed third in 2:13.95.

Ukraine’s Andrey Govorov touched in 23.44 to win the men’s 50-meter fly, just off his fourth-ranked 23.37 from the Danish Open.  Piero Codia earned second in 23.55 with Belgium’s Francois Heersbrandt taking third in 23.72.

Giedrius Titenis edged Luca Pizzini, 2:10.32 to 2:10.79, for the men’s 200-meter breast title.  Flavio Bizzarri finished third in 2:11.02.

Turkey’s Victoria Zeynep Gunes raced her way to a 2:24.18 to win the women’s 200-meter breast.  That’s a bit short of her seventh-ranked season best of 2:23.47 from Spanish Nationals.

Canada’s Martha McCabe took second in 2:25.15 with Ilaria Scarcella placing third in 2:25.52.

France’s Mehdy Metella took home the men’s 100-meter free crown in 48.60, while The Netherlands’ Sebastiaan Verschuren placed second in 48.89.  Japan’s Shinri Shioura took third overall in 49.59.

Gregorio Paltrinieri, the top-ranked 1500 free swimming in the world with a 14:43.87 from Italian Nationals, cruised to victory in 15:00.60 in Rome.  Damien Joly finished second in 15:03.57 with Gergely Gyurta placing third in 15:07.18.

Henrique Rodrigues won the men’s 200-meter IM in 1:59.50, while Simon Sjodin took second in 2:01.02.  Davide Cova snared third in 2:01.16.

Zsuzsanna Jakabos powered her way to a 2:12.65 to win the women’s 200-meter IM.  Louise Hansson (2:13.86) and Stina Gardell (2:14.45) went 2-3 for Sweden.

2015 Sette Colli Trophy, Day Three – Results