Federica Pellegrini Practices The Speed She’ll Need 4 Laps: 53.7 Textile Best 2 Laps

Federica Pellegrini of Italy - by Patrick B. Kraemer
Federica Pellegrini of Italy - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Federica Pellegrini produced the top points swim of the second day at Italian nationals in Riccione with a 53.78 victory in the 100m freestyle, the time the fastest of her career in a textile suit. Piero Codia sets Italian 100 ‘fly mark at 51.4 but Matteo Rivolta takes the title in 51.5

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ThereaLuigi

I was absolutely stunned when I read 53.78. First time she dips under 54 in textile, and by more than 2 tenths! That’s a half of a second improvement on her previous (textile) PB.

This bodes well for her 200, if I am not completely misled.

Yozhik

Let’s see if Pellegrini joins finally the exclusively 1:54 club. Also it is interesting to know if she is rested(tapered) now. She doesn’t need to be such at this meet, but 53.78 is indeed her best and it will be strange if she made it not being specially prepared for this race.

Craig Lord

Don’t know., Yozhik – the 200 will give us a better hint. Will see if I can find out on way to the 200.

Yozhik

If it was possible to show simultaneously Pellegrini’s and Ledecky’s races at 100 (same way as it done in downhill skiing) we could probably have problem to distinguish between them. Pellegrini: 26.32-27.46; Ledecky: 26.42-27.33
At same meet Ledecky went 1:54.43. Will Federica do the same. The second half of the race at 200 is where she is the best.
When will she race 200?

aswimfan

Pellegrini may prove me completely wrong but I won’t be so fast in predicting that her 200 will progress with the same relative improvement.

She’s an older swimmer now, and usually it is easier and common for older swimmer to set PB in event shorter than what they usually swim. Recent case: Coughlin who was getting faster in 50 free/back but not in 100 free/back.

However, as Yozhik pointed out, Pellegrini did not need be fully tapered here as she is already qualified, so in light of that, this 100 free is very impressive swim.

aswimfan

I kept thinking Pellegrini is an older swimmer because I feel she has been in the sport for a loong time, but I’ve just checked again, and she’s still 27.
27 used to be “old” for a swimmer especially female swimmers, but Torres, Alshammar, Coughlin, Earvin, Pheps, Lochte have really changed the paradigm.

Yozhik

you forgot the most impressive (imo) ones, asf 🙂 Femme Heemskerk at 27 makes her personal bests from 50 to 200. With 200 being the third best ever. And of course how could you miss Katinka Hosszu (shame on you 🙂 )

Yozhik

I should probably wait with this comment, but in case Pellegrini shows great time at 200 will she and Sjostrom challenge each other for the European title. Will we see relay fight between Sweden and Italy. Or this Championships is mostly considered a qualification opportunity and ambitions will be put aside until Rio.

Craig Lord

Yes, London 2016 will be a mixed bag, Yozhik, in terms of form guide, some rested to get qualification and honours, others swimming through (Brits won’t taper for eg)

Yozhik

Actually Pellegrini’s 53.78 (her best) isn’t a fluke. She is I need in really good shape now. Yesterday she swam relay at 53.30 (rt isn’t provided). She races 200 on April 22.

Yozhik

*indeed

ThereaLuigi

In normal circumstances I would totally back-up Aswimfan’s argument that for older swimmers it is common to improve in short races, but it’s another story in mid- and long distances, so we mustn’t expect too much from Federica; were it not for a detail.
Unlike Coughlin, Ervin, Torres and others who improved in short distances albeit old for a swimmer, but while specifically training for those races, Federica has NOT trained specifically for the 100 free. Her focus is on the 200; the 100 free are just a by-product of this training.
That’s why I have some hope that this girl has found the recipe to swim a textile 1.54 at the ripe age of 27, based on her 100 free. It would be an incredible achievement but I don’t think it’s totally out of the question.

Yozhik

In 17 hours there would be first hint 🙂 – 4×200 relay. We have already three 1:54 swimmers this season. I really want Pellegrini to join them to make 200 race in Rio a real drama.

aswimfan

TL,

If Pellegrini’s training is focused on 200, then I don’t think 1:54 is out of question. She was after all close to go sub 1:55 last year.
Maybe her 100 gets faster as she gains more strength naturally the older she gets and the more dryland training she does, which translate to improved raw speed.

Patrick S

Yozhik:

There won´t be much of a fight between Italy and Sweden in the 4×200 at the European Championships. Michelle Coleman will not be competing in London, she will continue to train in Australia instead. Sweden´s fifth best 200m swimmer (Stina Gardell) is almost five seconds slower than her.

Yozhik

@Patrick S: too bad. Then what kind of show will this “Champioships” be? Second chance trials? If European title is of any value then why not to have it let say in December. Mare Nostrum looks more appropriate competition prior OG. At least it is warmer there than in London.

Craig Lord

Yozhik: the M Nostrum competition will not be as stiff, for example. And London is indoors, so climate not an issue 🙂 indeed, London in May may be very similar to Rio in August (winter there… average high 24C, not far from where it often is in London in May on a nice late spring day)

ThereaLuigi

Yozhik, the Euro Champs will be second chance trials for some and “midway check” or “confidence-building race” for others.

Yozhik

Luigi, it looks like EuroChampionships has been sacrificed for the sake of Olympic Games. I strongly dislike this. Second chance trials meet sounds like second hand store to me. The word “Championships” in the title of this meet is a mockery.

ThereaLuigi

Yozhik what else can they do, the EC are held in even years so not to clash with the WC, ad every other edition clashes with the Olympics

aswimfan

This year’s m4x2 prelims will be far faster than last year, where Japan (no Hagino) and France (no Agnel and Stravius) didn’t even qualify for final, and if GBR play it to safe by resting Guy, they may not get to final,

aswimfan

oops wrong thread again. Craig please delete the comment from me.

aswimfan

What I’m saying is that basically, give Pellegrini a fighting chance, and she will fight like a champion. There is a reason she medaled in 200 free in olympics/worlds in 12 years span.
I’m not sure what happened in 2012, I think she didn’t have good preparation and moved coaches. And ultimately, Allison Schmitt’s devastating front end speed demoralized everyone.

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