The 2021/2022 competition season is full of satisfaction and important milestones for the master swimming team of the Sports Center Polisportiva and this year the European Master Swimming Championships held at the Roman sports facilities of the Foro Italico and at the Unipol Bluestadium Federal Center D. Pietralata, and in the men’s 4 × 50 freestyle relay, the masters flew to fifth place 120-159 before 6 Italian teams.
Jacopo Piacent, Rocco Rinaldi, Alessandro Mazzaferro and Eugenio Giretti recorded an excellent individual and relay performance with a time of 1’43” 75, almost a second behind the Italian. Masters Swimming Championships.
“We gave everything – relay captain Eugenio Giretti tells us: we got there and focused, each of us was able to establish our individuals. Ours is a relay race with only one pure sprinter and the other three are born cross-country skiers and triathletes, so it couldn’t be better. This relay was born in November last year and the results obtained proved to be beyond expectations. After seven months, when he switched from a 25-meter pool to a 50-meter one, the results obtained were more than positive “.
12 days of competition and 5120 athletes from 38 countries were the numbers for the first ever European Masters held in Italy, which also saw the crowning of six world records set in the pool.
“It was a magnificent event from every point of view: environmental, participatory and technical – continues the captain -. Facing athletes like the Spaniards, the English and the Irish, finishing on the podium and not getting it, allowed us to grow mentally with the knowledge that we cannot do better this year.
Raising the bar will be the goal for the next competitive season for the four swimmers at Polisportiva Sports Center: “Improve yourself for the next Europeans, it will be very good in Kazan in two years. Of course the dream in the drawer is Fukuoka 2023 or Doha 2024 World Cup. The road has been long and now we want to think about going back to the pool to train with our teammates and we have to thank them for all their support. In order to achieve certain goals, we need to improve details such as divers and turns, while we need to continue to cultivate our strong point or swim, especially the middle section at 40 meters ”concludes Giretti.
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