10 Quick Quotes From The Poolside At Day 3 Of European Champs

Flash Quotes courtesy of LEN European Aquatics

1. The Iron Lady always sets lofty goals.

“It’s always an awesome feeling to break a world record,” said Katinka Hosszu of Hungary after her world record 56.67 in the 100 IM. “I’m really happy since I felt after the 200m back that the crowd was a bit disappointed. Me too, I can tell you, but I should also add that it was me who set the bar really high. Now I managed to clear it once more, and it’s a pleasure that I could offer some entertainment for the fans who are really enthusiastic here.”

2. Gregorio Paltrinieri actually had his sights set on a dual next weekend.

“I didn’t expect that at all,” said Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri  after swimming a 14:08.06 in the 1500 and breaking the oldest world record in the books. “Believe me, I’ve even surprised myself. Yesterday I felt really good in the water during the heats, but breaking the world record here was never in my mind. I just wished to be well-prepared for the dual next week, though not reached my top shape, as I swim a lot back home at this stage. So this is really amazing.”

3. Evgeny Sedov never doubted himself.

“I was sure that I would win,” said Russia’s Evgeny Sedov about his gold medal 20.87 in the 50 free. “For me it was no surprise after topping the ranks this year.”

4. Pellegrini took one for the team by swimming the 4×50.

“It’s amazing,” said Frederica Pellegrini about Italy’s 4×50 free relay gold. “It’s for the first time we win gold in this relay. I will not move to the 50 meter free though. I’ve only supported the other girls in this race.”

5. Siobhan-Marie O’Conner feels good about the silver.

“I’m happy with this silver medal,” said  Siobhan-Marie O’Conner after swimming 57.65 in the 100 IM. “Katinka Hosszu did a great job. She plays in another league. For me this result is absolutely fine.”

6. Marrit Steenbergen strategized her scratch in the 100 free.

“This is a big surprise,” said Marrit Steenbergen of the Netherlands after a third place 59.00 in the 100 IM. “I felt good the entire race, and after the breaststroke I told myself, ‘let’s go.’ I withdrew from the 100m free before; this was a very good decision.

 7. Gabriele Detti is excited to be back after an injury this summer.

“Hats off for Gregorio,” said Gabriele Detti of Italy after his silver medal 14:18.00 in the 1500. “I’m really happy with my performance. I missed Kazan because of an injury. I had to have a new start with renewed motivation and energies. I think I managed to come back to a level I wanted to; this medal is a really great step.”

8. Henrik Christiansen went out a bit too fast.

“It was a great race for me,” said Norway’s 1500 bronze-medalist Henrik Christiansen, who finished in 14:23.60. “Perhaps at the beginning I was a little bit too fast, then I fought with Detti. I though I had to go with him. It was a cool race. It’s incredible to have a medal… I’m speechless.”

 9. Marco Orsi wasn’t thrilled with the silver.

“It was so-so,” said Italy’s silver medal winning Marco Orsi after his 20.87 50 free. “I could have won, but my race is the 100m free. I hope there I can come first.

10. Sebastian Szczepanski is happy to take home some hardware.

“It’s my first international medal, and I’m really surprised to get it,” said Polish bronze medalist Sebastian Szczepanski after clocking 21.21 in the 50 free.

 11. Tamara Van Vliet is not satisfied with a relay silver.

“I’m not happy with this silver medal,” said Dutch 4×50 relay swimmer Tamara Van Vliet. “Swimming for Holland our goal is always to win this relay. My time wasn’t good either, so I’m disappointed.

12. Veronika Popova used the meet to work on technique.

“Two bronze medals in one day, not bad at all.” said Veronika Popova after her Russian relay took third in the 4×50. “We have two new girls in the relay, so winning a medal is fine, but we need more fast girls to be competitive everywhere. For me, this competition is really great, as I had some problems with my technique, and here I could take care of improving it.”


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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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