Sjostrom Earns Two More Top Seeds In Day Two Prelims Of Sette Colli Trophy

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The 2018 Sette Colli Trophy continued in Rome, Italy this morning after an incredibly fast first day of competition that saw plenty of meet and even some national records go down. The second day of the meet features the men’s and women’s 100 fly, men’s 200 fly, and the 100 back, 400 IM, 100 free, and 50 breast for both men and women.

2018 Sette Colli Trophy – Day Two Prelims – Results

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, fresh off a new meet record in the 50 fly last night, took the top seed in the women’s 100 fly (57.62). She was the only woman under 58 seconds in the entire field, with Hungary’s Liliana Szilagyi next closest in 58.73.

Sjostrom would come back to grab the top seed in the women’s 100 free at the end of the session in a 53.59. Right behind her is Olympic gold medalist Pernille Blume (53.72), who finished ahead of Sjostrom last night in the 50 free in a new national record. The women’s 100 free also featured Femke Heemskerk (53.86), Federica Pelligrini (54.05), and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (55.02), setting up for a stacked final tonight.

In the men’s 100 free, Brazil’s Pedro Spajari (48.80) took the top seed out of the morning, ahead of teammate Bruno Fratus (49.37). There were plenty of swimmers in the 48-high to 49-low range this morning, including Luca Dotto (48.95) and Shinri Shioura (49.28), so expect a few different swimmers to be in the mix for the top spot in tonight’s final.

Earlier in the session, the Netherlands Kira Toussaint grabbed the top seed in the women’s 100 back (1:00.06), just a few tenths ahead of Czeh swimmer Simona Baumrtova (1:00.38) and Danish swimmer Mie Nielsen (1:00.39), while Italy’s Matteo Milli will be the top seed going into tonight’s final in the men’s event (54.79).

Italy’s Ilaria Cusinato took the top spot in the women’s 400 IM (4:41.37), over Great Britain’s Aimee Willmott (4:42.52) and Hannah Miley (4:45.27). Hungary’s David Verraszto took the top seed in the men’s 400 IM (4:15.79) ahead of Britain’s Max Litchfield (4:18.18) and Brazil’s Brandonn Almeida (4:18.88), the only three swimmers under 4:20 in the field.

Fresh off her newly minted #1 time in the world in the 100 breast, Yulia Efimova clocked a 30.25 to lead all women’s qualifiers in the 50 breast, while Adam Peaty did the same in the men’s event (26.74).

Swimming out of heat 2, Brazil’s Luiz Altamir Meno also secured the top seed in the men’s 200 fly (1:57.30).

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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