WATCH: David Popovici Swims 3:43 400m Free for 3rd National Title of the Meet


Reported by Riley OVerend.

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.

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12 days ago

Wasnt his PB like 3:42 something from short course euros last year?

Last edited 12 days ago by Mike
Reply to  Mike
12 days ago

He miscounted the laps (touched at 350m) and his final time was 3.48 low.

Mr Piano
12 days ago

You can’t keep doing this to me Coleman. I thought it was long course 😫

12 days ago

“where the 100 LCM free world record holder is set for a showdown with SCM (world) record holder Kyle Chalmers”
I like the sound of that 🍿

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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