The Week That Was: A Scientific Analysis Of The Improvement Of David Popovici


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The Week That Was #1: A Scientific Analysis Of The Improvement Of David Popovici; How The Teen Set the 100 Freestyle World Record


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By Swimming World Editorial Staff 

Same pool – same champion – only one year later. At the European Championships in Rome, David Popovici set a new standard with the fastest 100-meter freestyle performance of all time. The new world record was set just one year after his phenomenal performance at the Junior European Championships in 2021, in the exact same pool.

Using race analysis, the present case report aims to find differences between the Rome 2021 Junior European Championships, the Budapest 2022 World Championships, and the Rome 2022 European Championships and assess contributing factors to the new world record in one of the most-decorated swimming discipline.

The Week That Was #2: Commentary: David Popovici Has Put 200 Freestyle World Record Of Paul Biedermann On Endangered List


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By John Lohn

My view on the world-record book changed a bit the other day. No, I still don’t see a handful of global standards going anywhere in the immediate future. That record in the women’s 200-meter butterfly? Nope. Don’t see 2:01.81 disappearing. That mark in the men’s 800 freestyle? Nah. That 7:32.12 will hang around for a while.

But toward another event, my mindset has shifted. It took exactly 1:42.97 for the change to occur. That’s the amount of time it took David Popovici to win the 200 freestyle at the European Championships in Rome.

The Week That Was #3: DUEL IN THE POOL: Michael Andrew Led USA Sink The Aussie Dolphins 309 points to 283 In An Epic Duel Meet In Sydney


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By Ian Hanson

The might of the world’s No 1 swimming nation the USA remained unbroken tonight with the Americans reigning supreme again over Australia for a fourth time on the third and final day of an epic Duel In The Pool that saw swimming return to Sydney with a bang.

The Week That Was #4: A Look At the Qualifying Times For the 2024 United States Olympic Trials in Indianapolis

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By John Lohn

With less than two years to go until the start of the 2024 Olympic Games, the path to Paris will intensify by the day. Beyond those with Olympic aspirations, many swimmers around the country are chasing Olympic Trials berths, and the opportunity to compete in America’s premier competition. With that goal as the centerpiece for thousands of athletes, here is a look at what qualifying times are necessary to earn a trip to the Olympic Trials, which will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Week That Was #5: Exclusive Interview: Regan Smith Made the Switch to Bob Bowman in Pursuit of Olympic Gold


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By David Rieder

Three years after her stunning breakthrough performance at the 2019 World Championships, Regan Smith became a world champion again this year as she edged out Kylie Masse for 100 backstroke gold in Budapest. Smith won a second gold medal that week as the backstroke swimmer on the U.S. women’s 400 medley relay, but as a whole, she was disappointed with her results from the entire year, a stretch that included her freshman season at Stanford and then a quick long course season leading up to Worlds.