2022 Romanian Short Course National Championships
This week, the 2022 Romanian Short Course Championships will take place from November 10 to 13, 2022. The biggest headliner of the meet is world record holder David Popovici, who will be racing in his first meet since the 2022 World Junior Championships in September, and his first short course meters competition since the 2021 Short Course World Championships.
Popovici is racing in his marquee events, the 100 and 200 free, as well as the 400 free—an event that he was set to swim long course at the 2022 European Championships but ended up scratching out of after prelims. In addition, he will also be racing two “off” events: the 100 fly and the 100 IM. Popovici does not have any recorded times in the 100 fly short course, although his long course personal best is a 58.18. He raced the 100 IM during the 2021 FINA World Cup series and holds a PB of 54.81 in that event.
Romanian Short Course Nationals serves as a tune-up meet for Popovici, who will be racing at the 2022 Short Course World Championships next month.
Another notable swimmer competing at this meet is 2021 short course worlds bronze medalist Robert Glinta. He will be racing in just his second meet since the 2022 World Championships and is entered in the 50/100 back, 50 free, and 100 IM.
Three of Romania’s top junior swimmers will also be racing at this meet. One of them is distance star Vlad Stefan Stancu, who is entered in the 400/800/1500 free. This summer, Stancu took European Junior Championship gold in the long course 1500 free, and broke the Romanian records in the 800 and 1500 free. Also competing is Patrick Sebastian Dinu, who dropped from a personal best of 51.45 to a 50.05 in the long course 100 free and swam alongside Popovici on several of the Romanian freestyle relays that medalled at the European and World Junior Championships. He will be swimming the 50/100 free, 50/100 back, 50 breast, and 100 IM.
On the women’s side of the meet, we will get to see action from 50 free 2022 World Junior Champion Bianca Costea. She will be swimming the 50/100 free, as well as the 50 fly.