DEBRECEN, Hungary, April 1. THE Hungarian National Championships ended with a national record in the women's distance event, while Laszlo Cseh and Akos Molnar each turned in top-10 performances for this year.
Eva Riszto posted a world-leading time of 16:12.95 in the women's 1500 free, besting the 16:16.74 set by Lotte Friis earlier this month. She also lowered her Hungarian record of 16:13.00 from last May. Boglarka Kapas took second in 16:25.51, while Flora Sibalin finished third in 16:37.67.
Laszlo Cseh snared the men's 200 IM crown in 1:59.22 to take eighth in the world rankings. Chad Le Clos took second in 2:00.21 for 22nd in the world, while Gergely Gyurta picked up third in 2:03.52. Cseh doubled up by claiming the men's 50 fly title in 24.27 for his second title of the night, while Bence Pulai touched second in 24.65. Peter Hos completed the top three in 24.87.
Akos Molnar raced to ninth in the world in the men's 200 breast with a winning time of 2:11.41. Cseh took a distant second in 2:15.54, while David Verraszto earned third in 2:15.57. Notably, Daniel Gyurta posted a 2:12.65 during semis before scratching finals. He's been faster this year with a 13th-ranked 2:11.79 from Antwerp in January.
Zsuzsanna Jakabos clocked a 58.82 to win the women's 100 fly. That swim improved her to 24th in the world rankings. Orsolya Tompa placed second in 59.67, while Liliana Szilagyi took third in 59.93. Trudi Maree stopped the clock in 25.35 to win the women's 50 free. Jakabos took second in 25.77, while Fanni Pataki earned third in 26.43.
Krisztian Takacs took home the men's 100 free crown in 49.65. Norbert Trandafir placed second in 49.79, while Chad Le Clos wound up third in 49.94. Peter Bernek captured the men's 100 back in 54.90. Richard Bohus finished second in 54.93, while Gabor Balog placed third in 56.14.
Tanja Smid touched out Ronwyn Roper, 1:10.71 to 1:10.87, for the women's 100 breast title. Fanni Ferenczi finished third in 1:11.92. Agnes Mutina won the women's 200 free in 2:00.16, while Boglarka Kapas touched second in 2:00.36. Sara Joo earned third-place honors with a 2:02.20.
Dorina Szekeres topped the women's 200 back in 2:15.09, while Kata Burian placed second in 2:16.53. Adrienn Santa posted a 2:18.51 to take third place. Evelyn Verraszto clocked a 2:13.89 to win the women's 200 IM. Reka Gyorgy (2:18.76) and Zsanett Kovacs (2:23.23) rounded out the top three.