2022 Italian Spring Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

By Reid Carlson on SwimSwam


April 9th – April 13th
Riccione, Italy
LCM (50m)
World Championships Qualifier
Start List
SwimSwam Italia Coverage

After what has been a relatively-sleepy week of qualifying meets around the globe, day 1 of the 2022 Italian Spring Championships on Saturday lit up scoreboards with Meet Records and even a European Junior Record.

That momentum continued into Sunday’s prelims session, where already Silvia Scalia has lowered the Italian Record in the 50 backstroke in the heats.

This meet serves as a selection for the World Championships, the European Championships, and the European Junior Championships. There are selection standards for the World Championships and European Junior Championships. Winners are automatically chosen for the European Championships in Rome, with a Summer Championship later this year to fill out the rest of that roster with up to 4 per event.

The World Championship standards are very fast this year, with some being even better than the Italian Record.

Each event has a Juniors Final, a B Final, and an A Final.

Women’s 50 Back

Italian Record: 27.74, SCALIA Silvia – Riccione (ITA), 10/04/2022
World Championships Standard: 27.70
European Juniors Standard: 28.80


SCALIA Silvia 27.66 Italian Record/World Championships Qualified
PANZIERA Margherita 28.22
TOMA Federica 28.33

For the second time today, Silvia Scalia broke the Italian National Record in the 50 backstroke, blasting a 27.66 to win the gold in tonight’s final, shaving 0.08 from her morning effort. 200 backstroke specialist Margherita Panziera placed 2nd in 28.22. Scalia has now taken off a full 0.23 from her previous lifetime best from 2019.

Scalia qualifies for the 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest, slipping 0.04 under the mark established by Italian Swimming. However, it is worth noting that Panziera hit the FINA ‘A’ cut on the dot with her 28.22. Scalia will also swim the 100 and 200 backstrokes, where she will arguably have a better shot at getting under the mark set by FIN in order to go to Budapest.

Men’s 50 Fly

Italian Record: 23.21, CODIA Piero – Barcelona (SPA), 28/07/2013
World Championships Standard: 23.20
European Juniors Standard: 24.20


CODIA Piero 23.56
GARGANI Lorenzo 23.68
RIVOLTA Matteo 23.88

The men’s 50 fly was taken by National Record holder Piero Codia, however, in order for Codia to make the World Championships team in this race, he would have needed to improve upon his 2019 Record by 0.01 or greater, which he did not do today. Even so, Codia, as well as runner-up Lorenzo Gargani, both met the FINA ‘A’ standard in the race.

Matteo Rivolta, who lowered the Italian National Records in the 50 and 100 SCM butterflys in the fall of 2021 in the ISL and at the 2021 FINA World Championships, placed 3rd in 23.88, falling short of both the Italian qualifying standard as well as the FINA ‘A’ cut.

Women’s 100 Fly

Italian Record: 57.04, DI LIDDO Elena – Gwanju (KOR), 21/07/2019
World Championships Standard: 57.40
European Juniors Standard: 1:00.50


Elena Di Liddo 58.70
Ilaria Bianchi 58.81
Silvia Di Pietro 58.93

Silvia Di Pietro was out in a quick 27.14, the fastest in the field by 0.23. Di Pietro faded on the second 50, splitting a 31.79 versus Ilaria Bianchi‘s 31.44, though it was Elena Di Liddo who produced a 31.13, the fastest 2nd 50 in the field, who came down the final stretch of the race to get her hands on the wall first in 58.70, just 0.11 ahead of Bianchi and 0.32 ahead of Di Pietro.

Though Di Pietro takes the gold medal and 2022 Italian National Title, she falls a full 1.3 seconds short of the World Championships qualifying standard set by Italian Swimming. Though we have seen numerous swimmers hit FINA ‘A’ cuts yet fail to make the qualifying standard set by Italian Swimming, this is one of the first races we have seen where no swimmer hit the FINA ‘A’ cut nor the Italian World Championships Standard.

Men’s 100 Back

Record italiano: 52.30, CECCON Thomas – Tokyo (JPN), 27/07/2021
World Championships Standard: 53.0
European Juniors Standard: 55.60


CECCON Thomas (GS Fiamme Oro/Leosport) 52.99 World Championships Qualified
LAMBERTI Michele (Fiamme Gialle/G.A.M. Team Brescia)  54.55
MORA Lorenzo (GS Fiamme Rosse/Amici Nuoto VVFF Modena) 54.88

Thomas Ceccon punched his ticket to Budapest with a 52.99 in the men’s 100 backstroke, winning by over 1.5 seconds, making him the only man under 54 seconds in the field. Ceccon was out fast, flipping in 25.69, and then came home in 27.30.

Ceccon maintains his ranking as 2nd in the world this year behind Japan’s Ryosuke Irie, making him one of only two men to swim under 53 seconds in 2022 in the 100 LCM backstroke. Ceccon threw down a 53.06 at the 55è Challenge International de Genève in Switzerland in January, giving him a season best by 0.07 today.

2021-2022 LCM Men 100 Back

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Women’s 200 Breast

Italian Record: 2:23.06, FANGIO Francesca – Roma (ITA), 27/06/2021
World Championships Standard: 2:23.00
European Juniors Standard: 2:30.50


Men’s 100 Breast

Italian Record: 58.28, MARTINENGHI Nicolò – Tokyo (JPN), 25/07/2021
World Championships Standard: 59.20
European Juniors Standard: 1:02.30


Women’s 200 Free

Italian Record: 1:52.98, PELLEGRINI Federica – Roma (ITA), 29/07/2009
World Championships Standard: 1:56.90
European Juniors Standard: 2:01.00


Men’s 800 Free Relay

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