Northwestern’s Jasmine Nocentini Goes After SC Worlds Qualifying in Canada

The North West Wildcats are on leave in preparation for their mid-season rest at the Purdue Invitational next week, but one of the newest members of the squad has jumped across the border to try and earn a spot at the Short Course World Championships.

Jasmine Nocentini, a junior transfer from FIU, raced at a local Age Group Fall Invitational meet in Calgary this weekend. This short course counter meet was primarily for local age group and high school swimmers from the University of Calgary Swim Club and a handful of other local clubs (including NCSA hosts), but Nocentini had a more precise objective in time.

Nocentini swam 29.78 in the 50 breaststroke, 59.55 in the 100 IM and 24.27 in the 50 freestyle. The times for all three races were to FINA “A” standards.

Nocentini used to compete for Panama, but now represents the Italian team – the country where she was born.

She tells SwimSwam that she is “pending approval” at this time. Italy demanded a reduction of 29.79 in the 50m breaststroke, but only listed this weekend’s national championship encounter as a qualifying event.

“Since only a few athletes qualify,” said Nocentini, “Italy often takes into consideration people close to cut or fast times outside of competition, so hopefully my time will be considered!”

However, Italy might not be the only obstacle for Nocentini to make it to the Worlds. FINA no longer publishes lists of approved World Championship qualifying meets on its website and to date has not been able to share this list with SwimSwam. Normally, a competition of this magnitude would not be an approved qualifying event for the World Championship, and the organization was only accepting applications for qualifying events until September 30, 2022.

Nocentini says he was told the competition was FINA approved.

Nocentini Is does, however, have an ‘A’ cut in long course: his 31.18 from the Italy national championship in July is below the ‘A’ standard in long course, which is set as the qualifying time for the World Long Course Championships in Italy. summer (31.22). Although this match is not guaranteed to be an approved championship qualifier, national championship matches usually are.

Now she will wait to receive an official response from the Italian federation about an invitation.

At the Italian national championships, Benedetta Pilatolong course world record holder, won in 29.71. Martina Carraro finished 2nd in 29.98, Arianna Castiglioni finished 3rd in 30.17, and Lisa Angiolini was 4th in 30.23. The Italians are one of the deepest breaststroke sprint groups in the world.

Nocentini raced his first two seasons at Florida International before moving to Northwestern in the fall of 2021. Most of his collegiate success so far has been in freestyle sprint events. She was the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle champion at the 2020 Conference USA Championships, and in 2021 won the 100 and 200 freestyles after making the 50 freestyle final. Those moments earned him an invite to the 2021 NCAA Championships in 2021.

In her first season with Northwestern last year, she finished 3rd in the 50 freestyle, 4th in the 200 freestyle and 5th in the 100 freestyle at the Big Ten Championships.

This year, she leads the Big Ten in the 50 freestyle, is tied for 1st in the 100 freestyle and leads the conference in the 100 breaststroke. She swam the 100 breaststroke in her two doubles meets for the Wildcats this season, the first time she swam the race in college.

Nocentini’s best moments:

Best SCY 2022-2023 Lifetime Best SCY Lifetime Best SCM
50 free 22.08 21.78 24.27 25.5
100 free 48.82 47.76 55.58 57.57
200 free 1:45.42 2:01.55 2:09.05
50 chest 29.78 31.18
100 chest 1:00.06 1:00.06 1:09.49 1:13.57

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