Glinta Completes Backstroke Triple With Another Win at Romanian Champs


  • Dates: May 25-29, 2016
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
  • Live results

Day four of the Romanian Champs began with the fastest heat of two distance events– the men’s 1500 free and the women’s 800 free. The men’s race was won by Bogdan Scarlat (15:23.63), who won by over thirty six seconds. The women’s 800 was far closer, with Dumitrescu Colti touching first at 9:04.73 over Maria Gadea‘s 9:08.59.

Robert Glinta completed a sweep of the backstroke events. He won the 50 and 100 earlier in the meet, and took the 200, too, with a 2:00.57 tonight. Meanwhile, Carina Macavei, who won the 100 back earlier, swam a 2:16.73 to win the women’s 200 back by over four seconds.

The men’s 50 fly went to Moldovan Pavel Isbisciuc in 24.51 over Romanian Alexandru Coci (24.81). Ana Dascal took the women’s 50 fly in 28.04, adding another win after she took home the national title in the 200 free. Dascal was born in 2002.

Andrei Roman swept the breaststroke races with a 2:21.16– he won the 50 and 100 breast earlier in the meet. The women’s 200 breast literally came down to the touch, where Simona Savastita and 800 free runner-up Maria Gadea tied for the win at 2:38.02. They were both born after the turn of the century.

The team from Romania demolished the field in the men’s 400 free relay, led off with a very impressive 48.76 from Radu Marius. They touched at 3:16.71, though, which won’t improve upon their 15th place position in terms of Rio qualification. They still sit in the top 16, though, and as long as they stay in that range until June, they will get to swim the relay in Rio.

Baia Mare eked out a win over Cluj Napoca in the women’s 400 free relay, 4:01.49 to 4:01.89. Pitesti wasn’t far behind for third at 4:02.10. Baia Mare got a 58.97 lead off from Kristina Schneider to shoot them out to a lead, and they ended up on top without ever trailing throughout the race.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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