Popovici Follows 100 Freestyle WJR-Breaking Relay Leg With 49.50 Prelim


David Popovici returned on day 2 of the European Junior Swimming Championships after breaking the world junior record in the men’s 100 freestyle on day 1. Swimming the opening leg of the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay, Popovici blasted a 47.56 to shave 0.01 seconds off Andrei Minakov‘s 47.57.

On day 2 Popovici swam the event individually and was fairly conservative in his efforts, notching a 49.50 heats swim. That’s nearly 2 seconds off his newly minted WJR but still gets him the first place seed heading into the semi-finals. He’s closely followed however by Great Britain’s Edward Mildred who was the only other man under 50, hitting a 49.95 for second. That swim for Mildred is actually an exact match of his entry time in the event.

Poland’s Mateusz Chowaniec held a 49.20 heading into the event but added just under a second, hitting 50.02 for 3rd overall. Luxembourg’s Ralph Daleiden was right behind Chowaniec, hitting a 50.03 for 4th, and Portugal’s Diogo Matos Ribeiro followed in a 50.10 for 5th.

Men’s 100 Freestyle Prelims

In the women’s 200 butterfly prelims, Anastasiia Markova managed to come out on top by over 2 seconds with a 2:10.63. That’s a slight improvement upon her entry time in the event of 2:10.87 and moves her from second seed to first heading into the semi-final. Hungary’s Reka Nyiradi went into with the top time of 2:10.64 put was a bit slower than that here, hitting a 2:14.08 for 5th overall.

In between Markova and Nyiradi, France’s Lucie Delmas pulled off a 2:12.89 for 2nd, Hungary’s Lia Csulak was a 2:12.91 for 3rd, and Hungary’s Daria Lunina touched with a 2:14.03 for 4th. While Delmas and Csulak were a little bit over their 2:11.57 and 2:12.37 entry times, respectively, that was a major drop for Lunina who was entered with a 2:17.22 and 23rd seed.

Women’s 200 Butterfly – Prelims

No women in the 100 backstroke nor men in the 100 breaststroke were successful in cracking the 1:00 barrier during day 2 prelims. Spain’s Carmen Weiler Sastre got the closest in the women’s 100 back but still trailed the mark by over a second with her 1:01.37 for top seed. That was about a half-second slower than her entry time in the event of 1:00.66. Belgium’s Roos Vanotterdijk and day 1 400 IM victor Katie Shanahan of Great Britain also dipped under 1:02 with swims of 1:01.82 and 1:01.92, respectively.

A whole pack of women followed with 1:02s in the form of Hungary’s Panna Ugrai, Italy’s Erika Gaetani, Poland’s Laura Bernat, Russia’s Aleksandra Kurilkina, Ukraine’s Nika Sharafutdinova, and Italy’s Chiara Fontana. That makes for 9 swimmers under 1:03 during the prelims, compared to the 18 that were entered with times under that mark. We can expect to see more swims closer to the minute mark during semis and finals as swimmers aim to nab Polina Egorova‘s 2017 Championship record of 59.62.

Women’s 100 Backstroke Prelims

In the men’s 100 breast, Simone Cerasuolo of Italy neared 1:00.00 with his 1:00.78, improving upon his entry time of 1:01.17 which he swam earlier this season in Riccione. The swim will give him a top seed heading into the semi-finals, ahead of Ukraine’s Volodymyr Lisovets who was entered with the fastest time of 1:00.42. Lisovets’ was a bit off his best here and hit a 1:01.72 for third in the heats with Lithuania’s Aleksas Savickas notched a 1:01.52 for second.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke Prelims

Other Day 1 Prelims Top Seeds

  • Berke Saka of Turkey had the quickest men’s 200 IM prelim swim with a 2:01.57 which is a 0.01-second improvement upon his 2:00.94 entry time.
  • Italy’s mixed 4×100 freestyle contingent of Samuele Congia, Luca Serio, Gaia Pesenti, and Matilde Biagotti hit the quickest prelims time with a 3:35.86, slightly edging out Poland’s 3:35.88.
  • Aleksandr Stepanov of Russia and David Bethlehem of Hungary will advance as top 2 seeds in the men’s 1500, having hit times of 15:15.59 and 15:15.87, respectively in the prelims. Notably, top seed Luca De Tullio (15:05.31) did not swim in the heats of the event.

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2 years ago

It’s crazy that his logical next goal for the 100 free is to break 47

At that age 0.5 seconds in the 100 free isn’t that big of a deal to drop… it’s just that he’s so fast already

He could have an ungodly drop in the next couple years that makes his current competitors (Dressel, Chalmers, Kolesnikov) look like chumps

Reply to  Teddy
2 years ago

Well no one is gonna make Dressel look like a chump trust me on that

Corn Pop
Reply to  TeamDressel
2 years ago

For photogenic freestyle, , he already is .

Irish Ringer
Reply to  TeamDressel
2 years ago

To make them look like a chump would imply a 46.5 and that isn’t happening.

Mean Dean
Reply to  Irish Ringer
2 years ago

47.56 at 16 years old…

2 years ago

23.89/25.61 for anyone looking for splits. Seems like it was just an easy morning swim to get into the final (I hope – I want to see how fast he can go)

Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
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2 years ago


Reply to  PVSFree
2 years ago

It was exactly like this. Seeing him in Rome now, it seems like he enjoys a lot what he’s doing and also he’s perfectly preserving his resources for the 100m free final when he will attend to lower his WJ record.

Reply to  PVSFree
2 years ago

It was the most ridiculously easy swim.

Last edited 2 years ago by Dee
Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

I misread.

I thought it was 47.50