In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges, Garrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.
We sat down with the newest world record holder, David Popovici, the 17-year-old phenom who broke Cesar Cielo‘s 13-year-old 100 free mark. Popovici is currently in Lima, Peru, preparing for the World Jr Championships, the last Jr meet of his career. He isn’t entering the meet with any expectations but did admit that he went best time in workout just the other day, signaling that the Romanian may be in top form once again. Popovici also comments on dealing with this new level of fame after becoming the fastest man on Earth, what small change allowed him to break his first world record, and racing top-level competitors like Caeleb Dressel in the future.
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An awful lot of hoopla around one event (the 100 free) where Pop, Dressel and Chalmers realistically overlap. Pop and Chalmers aren’t a threat to Dressel in the 50 free (or 50 & 100 fly). Dressel and Chalmers aren’t a threat to Pop in the 200 free.
The 100 free is the blue ribbon event where a very old supersuit record just got broken by a 17 year old, and prior to that it was already one of the most talked about events of the last few years. Add to that Dressel and Chalmers both have had huge media exposure this year for various reasons.
Why wouldn’t there be a lot of talk about it?
Does anyone know anything about the pool in Lima? It is not exactly Rome and known for world records. Not sure how much pool design plays into fast swimming but I’d be surprised if the pool is as fast as Rome and any records are established here. Popovici might swim 47 mid or 1:44 low here and that would be OK.
Where are the “Popovici going 46.5 in practice” guys?
Lol if SwimSwam has taught me anything, it’s to never say that you went a PB during practice. Commenters here will bring it up decades later even when it’s completely unrelated.
but it felt monotone wdym
The European men (Proud, Popovici, Paltrinieri, Ceccon, Martinenghi, Milak, Marchand) rocked calendar year 2022.
End of discussion.
I’m looking forward to seeing them rock 2023 and 2024 as well
The male contingent of Team USA has its work cut out in calendar year 2023.
If Russia is allowed to participate next year that will make Europe even stronger.
It doesn’t seem likely with how the war is going.
Maybe they will be allowed to participate again by the time the 2032 Olympics roll around. Who knows what kind of team they will have by then? All of the crushing sanctions will surely hinder their athletic programs at some point.
Don’t forget Romanchuk’s fantastic 1500.
the way he pulls away at 75 meters is like Usain Bolt accelerating towards the end of the 100 dash
Bolt started as a 400m runner, so goes to show racing down often is better than up
After Europeans finished and in the span of 2 weeks, Popovici gave 2 full interviews to Hawke and Swimswam.
Meanwhile, mister Caeleb Remel is refusing to speak with the media.
By my understanding, to be on the US National team, you need to provide a yearly training and competition calendar signed by your coach. Meaning USAS won’t give him the APA Tier-1 funding, unless all the criteria are met.
I know he doesn’t need it thanks to the 6 figures monthly paychecks he’s getting from Speedo, but even Speedo might drop him if he doesn’t give them clarifications about his training and competition schedule, the same way TYR dropped Simone last year.
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All in all, @Braden Keith @Gold Medal Mel Stewart , when Dressel wanted to promote his speedo products or piece by piece clinic, you gave him the platform to do it.
His honeymoon is coming to an end in Iceland and after 2 months break, I think it’s time now for him or his agent Erika to speak with SS and give an explanation of what happened and his goals moving forward.
Wow…Dressel sure is living rent free in your head.
Swimmers can’t really win on here, can they? When Titmus was open and honest about not going to worlds, she got trashed for months. When Dressel goes silent, he gets trashed for months. Does everyone on here just like to trash swimmers?
Who make grave errors, yes. We need to keep the sport respectable and respected.
Not sure how skipping an event that was slapped together at the last minute at an extremely inconvenient time is a “grave error”
He obviously needs some time and space. Why not let him have it?
Lots of people get depressed after the Olympics, and these last two years seem to have been way harder for people
He is, and always will be a champion
I seriously wonder if Caeleb Dressel tweaked his shoulder in the heats of the men’s 100 meter freestyle with the switch to a straight-arm freestyle.
If that were the case there’d be no secrecy.
Worst case scenario, Michael Andrew carries the flag in the men’s 50 meter freestyle for Team USA, Shaine Casas carries the flag in the men’s 100 meter butterfly for Team USA, and break out grandma’s prayer beads in the men’s 100 meter freestyle for Team USA.
Class act re comments on Dressel, and this guy is an absolute killer. Quiet, confident mind allows the body to follow. Get back in the ring Dressel, it’ll be enjoyable.