2022 ROMANIAN SHORT COURSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- November 10 to 13, 2022
- Otopeni, Romani
- SCM (25 meters)
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David Popovici won his third national title of the weekend in the 400-meter freestyle at the Romanian Short Course Championships on Sunday in Otopeni.
The 18-year-old Popovici posted a time of 3:43.00, shaving more than three seconds off his previous best to edge 17-year-old Vlad Stancu. The 800 SCM free national record holder, Stancu touched less than a second behind Popovici in 3:43.76, lowering his previous-best mark of 3:43.99.
Popovici swept the 100 free and 200 free titles on Thursday and Friday before placing second behind Daniel Martin in the 100 IM on Saturday. Popovici also swam the 100 fly prelims on Sunday morning, but he scratched the final after qualifying second behind Martin in 52.67. Last year, he secured a pair of short-course national titles in the 200 IM and 400 IM.
“I wanted to win, but I have to learn to lose from time to time,” Popovici said after Saturday’s runner-up finish, which marked his first individual final defeat in over a year. “It’s a test I’m new to. I’m not really good at everything. Makes me hungry again… It reminds me that, ‘You see, you’re not really good at everything.’”
A hungry Popovici could be a dangerous sight at Short Course Worlds next month in Melbourne, where the 100 LCM free world record holder is set for a showdown with SCM record holder Kyle Chalmers.
Another national record went down on Sunday courtesy of 14-year-old Aissia Claudia Prisecariu, who set her third standard of the meet. She cruised to a victory in the 50 back with a time of 28.30, breaking Diana Mocanu’s mark that had stood since 2001 — seven years before Prisecariu was born.
Earlier in the meet, she became the first Romanian to clock a sub-1:00 time in the 100 back, triumphing in 59.84 to take down Mocanu’s 21-year-old record of 1:00.97. Prisecariu also went 2:08.97 in the 200 back to lower Carina Macavei’s national record of 2:09.29 from 2016.
Both Andrei Ungur and Alexandra Dobrin ended their weekends with two national title on Sunday. Ungur completed his double in the men’s 50 free (22.19) and 100 fly (51.84) while Dobrin placed first in the women’s 200 fly (2:11.96) and 400 IM (4:44.56). Earlier in the meet, Ungur had snagged a title in the 100 back (51.17), and Dobrin had already won the 200 IM (2:14.62).
Also picking up victories on Sunday were Mihai Gergely in the men’s 200 IM (1:58.67) and Ratiu Maysa in the women’s 100 free (54.84).