2022 ROMANIAN SHORT COURSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- November 10 to 13, 2022
- Otopeni, Romani
- SCM (25 meters)
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Reported by Riley Overend.
David Popovici added another national title to his haul on Friday with a victory in the men’s 200-meter freestyle at the Romanian Short Course National Championships in Otopeni.
The 18-year-old freestyle ace reached the wall in 1:43.06, slightly slower than his own national record of 1:42.12 from the European Short Course Championships in Kazan a year ago.
“It’s my own record from last year, done in Kazan,” Popovici told local media after the race. “I’ll probably beat it soon. It’s not necessarily something I set for myself, but if it happens, I’ll gladly accept it, as usual. What’s it like to break my own records? Pleasure. I know that’s one of the only goals in swimming: to beat myself.”
Popovici was more than three seconds ahead of the field as Mihai Gergely touched second in 1:46.59 and Vlad Stefan Mihalache placed third with a 1:49.08. He hasn’t lost an individual final in over a year since the FINA World Cup stop in Kazan last October.
“I am satisfied,” Popovici said. “The only goal was to come out clean, to be a calculated and well-structured race. I’m going to talk to the coach next, but it felt good, it felt like I was getting more and more ready for the Worlds next month.”