Handful of Promising Times at Polish Nationals -- May 23, 2005
WARSAW, Poland, May 23. THE Polish Nationals didn’t feature an overload of scorching times over the weekend, but the few dazzling swims that were recorded certainly bode well for the World Championships this summer in Montreal.
Lukasz Gasior, an up-and-coming sprinter, showed his talent in a trio of freestyle races, most notably in the 50-meter distance. En route to a clocking of 22.14, Gasior posted the fastest time in the world this year and stamped himself as a medal contender in Montreal. Veteran Bart Kizierowski was second in 22.30.
Gasior also had strong swims in the 100 and 200 distances. After going 49.16 in the two-lap event, Gasior came back with a 1:49.15 mark in the 200.
The fourth-place finisher in Athens in the 200 butterfly, Pawel Korzeniowski won his prime event with an effort of 1:56.36, the second-fastest time in the world this year. Korzeniowski also won the 100 butterfly in 53.34 and won the 400 free in 3:50.00.
Otylia Jedrzejczak, the defending Olympic champ in the 200 fly, won her specialty in 2:10.71 and also cruised 59.42 in the 100 fly, an event in which she took silver in Athens. Meanwhile, Katarzyna Baranowska took an individual medley double, as she went 2:14.56 in the 200 and 4:43.59 in the 400.
Other notable swims included a breaststroke double by Slawomir Zebialowicz, who touched the wall in 1:02.21 in the 100 and 2:12.14 in the 200. Przemyslaw Stanczyk was second in the 200 free (1:49.71) and second in the 400 free (3:50.78). Mateusz Sawrymowicz won the 1,500 free in 15:07.66.