2023 European Short Course Championships: Day 5 Finals Live Recap

2023 EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Hometown hero David Popovici will contest both the 100-meter freestyle (semifinals) and 200 free (final) on Saturday as part of a loaded Day 5 finals lineup in Otopeni, Romania.

Popovici was the No. 2 qualifier in the 100 free during prelims this morning (46.70) behind Italy’s Alessandro Miressi (46.49). On Friday night, Popovici snagged the top seed in the 200 free semifinals with a time of 1:42.04, more than half ahead of British challengers James Guy (1:42.66) and Matt Richards (1:42.70).

Stay tuned for live updates below:

Day 5 Finals Schedule

  • Women’s 100 back final
  • Men’s 200 free final
  • Women’s 100 fly final
  • Men’s 200 breast final
  • Women’s 200 free semifinals
  • Women’s 200 IM final
  • Men’s 50 fly final
  • Men’s 100 IM semifinals
  • Men’s 50 breast semifinals
  • Men’s 100 free semifinals
  • Women’s 50 fly semifinals
  • Men’s 200 back semifinals
  • Mixed 200 free relay final

WOMEN’S 100 BACK – FINAL

  • World Record: Minna Atherton (AUS) – 54.89 (2019)
  • European Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 55.03 (2014)
  • SC Euros Record: Kira Toussaint (NED) – 55.17 (2019)

Top 8:

  1. Kira Toussaint (NED) – 55.88
  2. Medi Harris (GBR) – 56.81
  3. Mary-Ambre Moluh (FRA) – 57.10
  4. Kathleen Dawson (GBR) – 57.30
  5. Hanna Rosvall (SWE) – 57.41
  6. Danielle Hill (IRL) – 57.56
  7. Camila Rebelo (POR) – 58.18
  8. Margherita Panziera (ITA) – 58.25

Kira Toussaint claimed the gold medal in the 100 backstroke to open the night, marking the 3rd consecutive win for her in this event. Her time of 55.88 cleared the field by nearly a full second, as the 2nd place time was 56.81. The time by Toussaint is her fastest recorded time since 2021.

Toussaint took the race out aggressively, flipping in 27.14 at the 50 and only extending her lead from there.

Medi Harris continued her strong meet with another medal, this time silver in the 100 back. Her teammate, Olympic Champion Kathleen Dawson, touched 4th (57.30). Harris won the 200 backstroke earlier in the competition, where she clocked 2:02.45 to go 1-2 with teammate Katie Shanahan.

Mary-Ambre Moluh of France grabbed the bronze medal, stopping the clock in 57.10. Moluh recently announced her decision to swim with Cal in the United States, where she will begin in September. You can read more about her announcement here.

MEN’S 200 FREE – FINAL

  • World Record: Paul Biedermann (GER) – 1:39.37 (2009)
  • European Record: Paul Biedermann (GER) – 1:39.37 (2009)
  • SC Euros Record: Paul Biedermann (GER) – 1:39.81 (2009)

Top 8:

  1. Matthew Richards (GBR) – 1:41.01
  2. James Guy (GBR) – 1:41.12
  3. Danas Rapsys (LTU) – 1:41.15
  4. David Popovici (ROU) – 1:41.52
  5. Roman Fuchs (FRA) – 1:42.55
  6. Nandor Nemeth (HUN) – 1:42.69
  7. Antonio Djakovic (SUI) – 1:43.13
  8. Matteo Ciampi (ITA) – 1:43.16

The men’s 200 free was a scorcher, as we saw a 4-way battle for the gold medal. Matt Richards of Team GB took the early lead through the first 50, flipping in a swift 23.35. David Popovici went with him, turning in 23.48. Heading into the 100 turn, James Guy began to charge. He took the lead by flipping in 49.17, and maintained that lead until about 148m when Danas Rapsys of Lithuania flipped through the 150 in the lead. Popovici then fell back, with Richards, Guy, and Rapsys all stroke-for-stroke heading into the final 5 meters.

Richards ultimately got the touch, hitting a time of 1:41.01 to out touch Millfield teammate James Guy by 0.11. Rapsys hit the wall in 1:41.15 to grab the bronze medal.

Hometown hero David Popovici ended up 4th tonight, recording a final time of 1:41.52 to come short of his 1:40.79 from this time last year.

Six swimmers clocked 1:42.6 or faster, showcasing the depth Europe possesses in the 200 freestyle.

WOMEN’S 100 FLY – FINAL

  • World Record: Maggie MacNeil (CAN) – 54.05 (2022)
  • European Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 54.61 (2014)
  • SC Euros Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 55.00 (2017)

Top 8:

  1. Louise Hansson (SWE) – 55.37
  2. Angelina Kohler (GER) – 55.50
  3. Anna Ntountounaki (GRE) – 55.98
  4. Ellen Walshe (IRL) – 56.67
  5. Sara Juvenik (SWE) – 56.86
  6. Lana Pudar (BIH) – 56.91
  7. Laura Lahtinen (FIN) – 57.48
  8. Panna Ugrai (HUN) – 57.59

Louise Hansson of Sweden and Angelina Kohler of Germany had a tight battle in the 100 fly. Hansson took it out fast (25.77), but Kohler went with her (25.79). They remained even through about 80 meters, before Hansson made a late charge to get the touch. Hansson hit the wall in 55.37, to out-touch the 200 fly champ Kohler by just 0.13.

Anna Ntountounaki swam a national record en route to bronze, touching in 55.98 to break the 56-second barrier for the first time in her career. 400 IM bronze medalist from the first night of competition, Ellen Walshe, swam 56.67 to add a 4th place finish to her resume. The time by Walshe registers a new Irish record.

Six of the eight finalists posted a sub-57 second effort in tonight’s final, with Laura Lahtinen (57.48) and Panna Ugrai (57.59) rounding out the field.

MEN’S 200 BREAST – FINAL

  • World Record: Kirill Prigoda (RUS) – 2:00.16 (2018)
  • European Record: Kirill Prigoda (RUS) – 2:00.16 (2018)
  • SC Euros Record: Marco Koch (GER) – 2:00.53 (2015)

Top 8:

  1. Caspar Corbeau (NED) – 2:02.41
  2. Anton McKee (ISL) – 2:02.74
  3. Arno Kamminga (NED) – 2:03.32
  4. Erik Persson (SWE) – 2:04.95
  5. Matej Zabojnik (CZE) – 2:05.75
  6. Maksym Ovchinnikov (UKR) – 2:05.79
  7. Marco Koch (GER) – 2:05.81
  8. Christopher Rothbauer (AUT) – 2:07.40

Caspar Corbeau of the Netherlands led the 200 breaststroke from start to finish, touching in 2:02.41 to win his first international gold medal. Corbeau took the first 100 out in 58.82, the only person under :59 and only one of three to break 1-minute opening the race.

Anton McKee made a charge on the final 100 meters, as he started to marginally out split Corbeau. He ended up touching 2nd, grabbing the silver in a time of 2:02.74.

Arno Kamminga made it another 1-3 finish for Dutch breaststroke, replicating what was done in the 100 breaststroke. This time, though, 1 & 3 were switched with Corbeau grabbing gold and Kamminga snagging bronze. Kamminga recorded a time of 2:03.32, shy of his best time but it seems he has focused more on the 100 since the Tokyo Olympics.

Erik Persson (2:04.95), Matej Zabojnik (2:05.75), Maksym Ovchinnikov (2:05.79), and Marco Koch (2:05.81) placed 4th through 7th, clocking sub-2:06 efforts in the process.

Austria’s Christopher Rothbauer rounded out the field in 8th place, posting a respectable 2:07.40.

WOMEN’S 200 FREE – SEMIFINALS

  • World Record: Siobhan Haughey (HGK) – 1:50.31 (2021)
  • European Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 1:50.43 (2017)
  • SC Euros Record: Federica Pellegrini (ITA) – 1:51.17 (2009)

Top 8:

  1. Freya Anderson (GBR) – 1:53.10
  2. Nikolett Padar (HUN) – 1:53.51 EJ
  3. Barbora Seemanova (CZE) – 1:54.05
  4. Sofia Morini (ITA) – 1:54.20
  5. SS Jorunnardottir (ISL) – 1:54.23
  6. Giulia D’Innocenzo (ITA) – 1:54.32
  7. Freya Colbert (GBR) – 1:54.47
  8. Valentine Dumont (BEL) – 1:55.14

Freya Anderson will advance to tomorrow’s championship final with the top qualifying time (1:53.10), as she won semifinal #2 by well over a second.

Nikolett Padar of Hungary broke the European Junior record en route to winning the first semifinal, finishing in a time of 1:53.51. She touched out Barbora Seemanova by 0.54 at the finish, with both swimmers easily advancing to tomorrow’s final.

Sofia Morini (ITA), SS Jorunnardottir (ISL), Guilia D’Innocenzo (ITA), Freya Colbert (GBR), and Valentine Dumont (BEL) will all feature in tomorrow’s final, too.

WOMEN’S 200 IM – FINAL

  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:01.86 (2014)
  • European Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:01.86 (2014)
  • SC Euros Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:02.53 (2015)

Top 8:

  1. Abbie Wood (GBR) – 2:05.58
  2. Charlotte Bonnet (FRA) – 2:06.58
  3. Lena Kreundl (AUT) – 2:06.89
  4. Katie Shanahan (GBR) – 2:07.23
  5. Hanna Bergman (SWE) – 2:09.48
  6. Ellen Walshe (IRL) – 2:09.57
  7. Lisa Nystrand (SWE) – 2:10.61
  8. Ellie McCartney (IRL) – 2:12.40

After winning the 400 IM on day one of the competition, Abbie Wood of Great Britain took the 200 IM tonight to sweep the Olympic distance (200/400) IM events. Wood led the whole way, splitting 27.23 on the butterfly, 31.10 on the backstroke, 36.61 on breaststroke, and 30.64 on free. Her winning time of 2:05.58 was enough to take the victory by exactly one second over 100 IM gold medalist Charlotte Bonnet.

Bonnet, the freestyler turned breaststroker/IMer, clocked 2:06.58 to secure a silver medal for France. Like Wood, she too swam a well balanced race. She particularly excelled on the final two legs, as her breaststroke and freestyle secured the silver medal over Lena Kreundl of Austria.

Krendul hit the touchpad in 2:06.89 to claim bronze and register a new national record.

Wood’s teammate, Katie Shanahan, swam to a 4th place finish in 2:07.23. Ellen Walshe, who touched 4th in the 100 butterfly minutes ago, grabbed 6th place in 2:09.57.

MEN’S 50 FLY – FINAL

Top 8:

  1. Noe Ponti (SUI) – 21.79
  2. Szebasztian Szabo (HUN) – 21.96
  3. Maxime Grousset (FRA) – 22.06
  4. Jacob Peters (GBR) – 22.10
  5. Stanislas Huille (FRA) – 22.52
  6. Daniel Zaitsev (EST) – 22.56
  7. Nikola Miljenic (CRO) – 22.63
  8. Oskar Hoff (SWE) – 22.90

Noe Ponti clocked a sizzling 21.79 to claim gold in the 50 butterfly, just 0.04 outside the world record of 21.75. The world record is co-held by Nicholas Santos of Brazil and Szebasztian Szabo of Hungary. Szabo touched for silver tonight, finishing in 21.96 to come shy of the 21.86 marker he threw down yesterday.

Maxime Grousset threw down a new French record en route to a bronze medal performance, getting his hands on the wall in 22.06. Jacob Peters of Great Britain, who won the bronze in the 100 fly, was just 0.04 behind Grousset. The time from Peters is a new British record (22.10).

MEN’S 100 IM – SEMIFINALS

  • World Record: Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 49.28 (2020)
  • European Record: Vlad Morozov (RUS) – 50.26 (2018)
  • SC Euros Record: Peter Mankoc (SLO) – 50.76 (2009)

Top 8:

  1. Joe Litchfield (GBR) – 52.16
  2. Bernhard Reitshammer (AUT) – 52.27
  3. Heiko Gigler (AUT) – 52.45
  4. Giovanni Izzo (ITA) – 52.48
  5. Ronny Brannkarr (FIN) – 52.59
  6. Andreas Vazaios (GRE) – 52.61
  7. Miroslav Knedla (CZE) – 52.69
  8. ***Swim-Off Required*** between Noe Ponti (SUI) & Ramon Klenz (GER) – 53.31

Joe Litchfield of Great Britain (52.16) leads all qualifiers heading into tomorrow’s final of the 100 IM. Following closely behind him are two Austrian teammates: Bernhard Reitshammer (52.27) and Heiko Gigler (52.45).

Giovanni Izzo of Italy, who competes for NC State University in the United States, recorded a time of 52.48 to advance in 4th.

Andreas Vazaios, the European record holder in the 200 SCM IM, sits in 6th heading into tomorrow.

World junior backstroke champion, Miroslav Knedla, slides into the final in 7th (52.69).

Thomas Ceccon was disqualified after the conclusion of the second semifinal, just as he was in the 200 IM. Details forthcoming.

EDIT: Noe Ponti ultimately ended up winning the swim-off in 51.57, which would have been the top time from the original two semifinals. He will swim in lane 8 tomorrow.

WOMEN’S 50 BREAST – SEMIFINALS

  • World Record: Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – 28.37
  • European Record: Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – 28.37
  • SC Euros Record: Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – 29.10

Top 8: 

  1. Benedetta Pilato (ITA) – 28.98 **Championship Record**
  2. Eneli Jefimova (EST) – 29.10
  3. Jasmine Nocentini (ITA) – 29.31
  4. Imogen Clark (GBR) – 29.34
  5. Veera Kivirinta (FIN) – 29.56
  6. SR Slyngstadli (NOR) – 29.85
  7. Andrea Podmanikova (SVK) – 29.91
  8. Diana Petkova (BUL) – 30.04

The first semifinal saw Eneli Jefimova scare the championship record, as she touched in 29.10 to equal the mark. It wouldn’t last for long, though, as Benedetta Pilato posted a sizzling 28.98 to win the second semifinal.

Jasmine Nocentini, who swims for the Virginia Cavaliers and represents Italy internationally, recorded a time of 29.31 to advance 3rd to tomorrow’s final. The 29.31 time by Nocentini puts her in medal contention, with Imogen Clark (29.34) right behind her in the same conversation.

It almost took sub-30 to make the final, as 30.04 was the cut-off. Veera Kivirinta (29.56), SR Slyngstadli (29.85), Andrea Podmanikova (SVK), and Diana Petkova (30.04) will all feature tomorrow night, too.

MEN’S 50 BREAST – SEMIFINALS

  • World Record: Huseyin Sakci (TUR) – 24.95 (2021)
  • European Record: Huseyin Sakci (TUR) – 24.95 (2021)
  • SC Euros Record: Ilya Shymanovich (BUL) – 25.25 (2021)

Top 8:

  1. Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) – 25.72
  2. Emre Sakci (TUR) – 25.83
  3. Simone Cerasuolo (ITA) – 25.94
  4. Caspar Corbeau (NED) – 26.20
  5. Koen De Groot (NED) – 26.22
  6. Archie Goodburn (GBR) – 26.26
  7. Nas Lia (NOR) – 26.44
  8. Berkay Omar Ogretir (TUR) – 26.52

World record holder Emre Sakci of Turkey took the first semifinal in 25.83. While his time is faster than his prelim effort (26.15), he is almost a full second outside his world record swim from 2021.

Italian World Champion Nicolo Martinenghi took the win in semifinal #2, hitting the wall in 25.72 to secure the top time heading into tomorrow’s final. After winning the 200 breast less than an hour ago, Caspar Corbeau took 2nd to Martinenghi in the heat (26.20).

World junior record holder, Simone Cerasuolo of Italy, will enter the final as the 3rd seed (25.94).

MEN’S 100 FREE – SEMIFINALS

  • World Record: Kyle Chalmers (AUS) – 44.84 (2021)
  • European Record: Amaury Leveaux (FRA) – 44.94 (2008)
  • SC Euros Record: Amaury Leveaux (FRA) – 44.94 (2008)

Top 8:

  1. Maxime Grousset (FRA) – 45.63
  2. Alessandro Miressi (ITA) – 45.76
  3. Matthew Richards (GBR) – 46.23
  4. Jacob Whittle (GBR) – 46.38
  5. Nandor Nemeth (HUN) – 46.42
  6. David Popovici (ROU) – 46.48
  7. Leonardo Deplano (ITA) – 46.91
  8. Diogo Ribiero (POR) – 46.95

British freestyle star Matt Richards took a convincing win in the first semi, touching in 46.23. Richards won the 200 freestyle earlier in the night, so winning this semi and advancing to tomorrow’s final completes his impressive double. The world record holder in the long course version, David Popovici of Romania, hit the wall 2nd in 46.48.

Maxime Grousset ripped a 21.94 split on the opening 50 in the second semi, and held on to win in 45.63. Alessandro Miressi of Italy touched right behind, clocking 45.76. Those two athletes will be the top 2 qualifiers for tomorrow’s final.

Jacob Whittle of Team GB posted the 4th fastest time of the evening, recording 46.38 en route to his 3rd place finish in semifinal two. His swim represents a best time by about half a second, and he did so with a bit of a missed start.

WOMEN’S 50 FLY – SEMIFINALS

  • World Record: Therese Alshammar (SWE) – 24.38 (2009)
  • European Record: Therese Alshammar (SWE) – 24.38 (2009)
  • SC Euros Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 24.50 (2021)

Top 8:

  1. Sara Junevik (SWE) – 25.28
  2. Louise Hansson (SWE) – 25.31
  3. Anna Ntountounaki (GRE) – 25.32
  4. Silvia Di Pietro (ITA) – 25.45
  5. Julie Kepp Jensen (DEN) – 25.52
  6. Neza Klancar (SLO) – 25.54
  7. Emilie Beckmann (DEN) – 25.62
  8. Tessa Giele (NED) – 25.66

After winning the 100 fly earlier in the night, Louise Hansson stole the show in the first semi of this shorter distance. She finished in 25.32 to take a convincing win in the heat, touching ahead of Silvia Di Pietro of Italy (25.45) and Julie Kepp Jensen of Denmark (25.52). Angelina Kohler, who won the 200 fly earlier in the week and won silver in the 100 fly an hour ago, placed 5th in this first semi and ultimately missed the final.

Sara Junevik of Sweden touched in 25.28 to win the second semi, 0.04 faster than teammate Hansson was in the previous heat. Anna Ntountounaki (25.32) took 2nd in the heat, which was the 3rd fastest time of the night.

Also featuring in tomorrow’s final will be Neza Klancar (25.54), Emilie Beckmann (25.62), and Tessa Giele (25.66).

MEN’S 200 BACK – SEMIFINALS

  • World Record: Mitch Larkin (AUS) – 1:45.63 (2015)
  • European Record: Arkady Vyatchanin (SRB) – 1:46.11 (2009)
  • SC Euros Record: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) – 1:48.02 (2017)

Top 8:

  1. Luke Greenbank (GBR) – 1:49.87
  2. Lorenzo Mora (ITA) – 1:50.06
  3. Mewen Tomac (FRA) – 1:50.46
  4. Yohann Ndoye-Brouard (FRA) – 1:50.92
  5. Cameron Brooker (GBR) – 1:51.03
  6. Oleksandr Zheltiakov (UKR) – 1:51.10
  7. Ole Braunschweig (GER) – 1:51.59
  8. Apostolos Siskos (GRE) – 1:52.17

Olympic medalist Luke Greenbank will enter tomorrow’s final with the top qualifying time (1:49.87). He took the win in the second semifinal over 50/100 backstroke champion Mewen Tomac (1:50.46) and his French teammate Yohann Ndoye-Brouard (1:50.92).

Greenbank won the bronze medal in this event at the 2019 Glasgow edition of these championships, and he looks to be in good position to repeat a podium appearance. His teammate, Cameron Brooker, clocked 1:51.03 in semifinal one to advance in 5th. Lorenzo Mora of Italy took the win in that semi, stopping the clock in 1:50.06.

MIXED 200 FREE RELAY – FINAL

  • World Record: France – 1:27.33 (2022)
  • European Record: France – 1:27.33 (2022)
  • SC Euros Record: Russian Federation – 1:28.31 (2019)

Top 8:

  1. Great Britain – 1:27.75 CR
  2. Italy – 1:28.28
  3. France – 1:28.35
  4. Netherlands – 1:29.13
  5. Hungary – 1:30.24
  6. Finland – 1:32.03
  7. Slovakia – 1:32.10
  8. Serbia – 1:32.73

Great Britain led the race from start to finish, as 50 free champ Ben Proud led off the quartet in 20.39. Lewis Burras followed with a strong 20.69 split before Anna Hopkin dove in and lit the pool on the fire. She roared to a 22.95 split on the third leg, extending the lead to nearly a full second. Freya Anderson anchored in 23.72, her fastest split of the meet.

Italy’s squad of Alessandro Miressi (20.87), Lorenzo Zazzeri (20.48), Jasmine Nocentini (23.39), and Silvia Di Pietro (23.54) touched for silver, clocking 1:28.28.

France, who won the world title in Melbourne last year, grabbed the bronze tonight. Their relay consisted of Maxime Grousset (21.04), Florent Manaudou (20.50), Charlotte Bonnet (23.54), and Beryl Gastaldello (23.27).

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Boxall's Railing
2 months ago

Man…that 200 back WR by Larkin is so legendary every time you read it.

Jimmy DeSnuts
2 months ago

all this panic over Popovici is delicious. He broke a WR and then got complacent, lost his fire. Maybe he’ll be back but it’s not looking good right now. A year ago everyone thought he was some supernatural freak sent straight from the heavens who would be untouchable in 100/200free. Instead it turns out he’s just another guy, fading at the ends of races and finishing off the podium in front of his home crowd.

Dunkaroos
Reply to  Jimmy DeSnuts
2 months ago

He and Dressel are both washed up.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Dunkaroos
2 months ago

The verdict is out on Dressel, but he at least has Olympic golds.

swim2
Reply to  Jimmy DeSnuts
2 months ago

The Popovici hype was overblown from the start, at the level this sport is at we will never see someone on the men’s side dominate records to the extent Phelps and Thorpe did. He was right on par with his 2fr competition in the short pool, he will be just fine next summer. The winter before he broke his world records he was 47.2, 1:42 at this meet.

Scuncan Dott V2
Reply to  swim2
2 months ago

His starts and turns were also a LOT worse in 2021 than they are now tho.

swim2
Reply to  Scuncan Dott V2
2 months ago

True, but that is prolly why he is faster. I think he will be right in the mix for gold, but the 200free and 100free are going to be close races and multiple people including popovici have the potential to take it.

Aussie Crawl
Reply to  Jimmy DeSnuts
2 months ago

He’s SCM underwaters he doesn’t
Like.
More of a LCM swimmer 💯
But I concur with you.
Complacency is contagious.

Beginner Swimmer at 25
Reply to  Jimmy DeSnuts
2 months ago

Are people forgetting that it is fall/winter during an olympic year where he is still undergoing heavy training?

Summer Love
Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
2 months ago

So is everyone else, no?

Swimfan27
2 months ago

Kinda weird that the 200 free and 100 free are in the same session…

Alison England
Reply to  Swimfan27
2 months ago

To get the locals in to watch DP!

John26
2 months ago

To be fair, these are faster than the SCM times Popovici swam the SC season before he broke LCM WRs

Honest Observer
Reply to  John26
2 months ago

It’s admirable that Popovici has evidently been prioritizing his studies over his swimming, who knows, maybe he ends up as Prime Minister of Romania, he certainly would have the name recognition factor working for him….But c’mon, how many world records does he have in studying? He has the next several years to concentrate on schoolwork, I hope he’s focused on swimming this year. Even if it shouldn’t be this way, his eventual (non-swimming) success will likely be far more impacted by a gold medal than by getting an A rather than a B in political science. (I know, I know, I have bad values….)

FAN
Reply to  Honest Observer
2 months ago

I don’t know about PM of Romania but I can certainly envision a Dr Popovici with a PhD in sports psychology. We know he values his education and having a normal life. He just turned 19 a few months ago and was one of the youngest in the finals. David’s family and his coach are taking care of him and he seemed happy and content with his performance today. His coach already said he’s not traveling to any meets outside of their area until Paris. I’ll bet he’s enjoying Uni life!

snailSpace
Reply to  John26
2 months ago

Flipping that logic: he was much faster in sc last year, after which he was way off his best in LC.

Last edited 2 months ago by snailSpace
nuotofan
Reply to  John26
2 months ago

In the fall 2021 Popovici had no experience indeed in SCM. As a young junior he had trained only for LCM races and his start and turns were really subpar, but he had that impressive endurance skill on swimming phase that had been in fully display when, in the summer 2021, he improved in the 100 LCM free from 49.0 to 47.3 and in the 200 LCM free from 1.48.6 to 1.44.6.

Tommy
2 months ago

Yes Sakci is a second slower from his WR — because he cheated when performing it at turkey nationals; video of the race proves his multiple underwater dolphin kicking.

bigfriendlyswimcoach
2 months ago

Ponti obliterated that 100IM swim off… 51.5

PFA
2 months ago

What a turn for Ponti 51.5 would be top seed going into tomorrow wouldn’t it be something if he ended up winning out of lane 8

nuotofan
Reply to  PFA
2 months ago

Tomorrow he’s entered also in the 400 IM: if he won’t swim the 400 IM, saving energies in the morning, he will be the clear favorite of 100 IM.

Frissy Manklin
2 months ago

Washed Up at 19: The Story of David Popovici