CHOMUTOV, Czech Republic, March 12. THE first day of swimming at the Czech Long Course Championships featured plenty of close calls, and a strong time by Petr Bartunek.
Bartunek posted a 28.35 in the men's 50 breast. That time came up .24 short of his Czech mark also owned by Jiri Jedlicka with a 28.11. Bartunek's time also moved him to sixth in the world this year behind Kevin Swander's 28.30 from February. Ledlicka placed second in 29.31, while Dan Vaisocher took third in 29.54.
Barbora Olsavska won the women's 50 free in 26.86, while Marketa Strapkova tied Aneta Pechancova for second with matching 27.02s. Martin Verner followed with a 23.13 to win the men's 50 free. Tomas Plevko (23.26) and Michal Rubacek (23.86) rounded out the top three.
Petra Chocova touched in 32.45 to win the women's 50 breast. Kristyna Kolarova (32.76) and Helena Pikhartova (33.43) finished second and third. Simona Baumrtova won the women's 200 back going away with a 2:12.75. Barbora Zavadova (2:14.61) and Lenka Jarosova (2:17.74) completed the podium. Marek Polach touched out Kvetoslav Svoboda, 2:04.58 to 2:04.85, in the men's 200 back. Jakub Kocar finished third in 2:06.27.
In another exciting finish, Barbora Pickova edged Jana Pechanova, 4:23.83 to 4:23.93, in the women's 400 free. Zofie Kvackova took third in 4:29.11. David Kuncar then won the men's 400 free in 4:04.49. Jan Posmourny (4:06.12) and Michal Spurny (4:06.35) captured second and third.
Jarosova earned her second podium of the day with a winning time of 1:03.40 in the women's 100 fly. Katerina Nebelova took second in 1:03.90. Alzbeta Rehorkova finished third in 1:04.06. Rubacek also posted his second podium of the session with a 53.95 to win the men's 100 fly. Jan Sefl (54.36) and Jakub Nezdoba (56.18) wound up second and third.
Zavadova moved up from second in the women's 200 back to first in the women's 200 IM with a 2:17.47. Baumrtova hit the wall second in 2:20.54, while Martina Elhenicka took third in 2:21.78. Dominik Bartos touched out Tomas Fucik, 2:07.58 to 2:07.94, in the men's 200 IM. Ondrej Fiedler claimed third in 2:08.45.