SUWALKI, Poland, October 26. ALTHOUGH the Polish swimmers have definitely been putting in some serious time on the FINA World Cup tour during the short course season, most of them returned home to give their own fans something to cheer for with the Polish Grand Prix in Suwalki.
Pawel Korzeniowski crushed the field in the 100-meter free with a time of 48.73, while Daniel Rzadkowski posted a second-place 50.25. Piotr Ilendo checked in with a third-place 52.56.
Korzeniowski followed with a 1:54.75 to win the men’s 200-meter fly by more than 10 seconds. That’s well off is second-ranked season best of 1:50.43 from the Berlin stop of the World Cup. Patryk Gasior touched second in 2:07.07, while Damian Biszkont earned third in 2:10.17.
Korzeniowski then ripped off a 1:57.42 for his third win of the night in the men’s 200-meter IM as he did his best Katinka Hosszu impression this close to Halloween. Kacper Cwiek finished second in 2:06.39, while Patryk Gasior wound up third in 2:06.55.
Aleksandra Urbanczyk took the opportunity of a big void in the women’s 50-meter breaststroke field as the backstroker raced to a 31.56 for the win in the sprint breast. Anna Kotowicz placed second in 34.24, while Wiktoria Samula earned third in 34.60.
Urbanczyk doubled up with a 1:00.20 in the 100-meter backstroke final, while Ludwika Szynal (1:03.08) and Gabriela Bernat (1:05.75) rounded out the podium.
Radoslaw Kawecki, another World Cup participant, cruised to victory in the men’s 100-meter back with a 51.65. Training partner Adam Dubiel took second in 55.58, while Jakub Skierka earned third in 56.54. Kawecki then claimed his double with a 3:53.33 in the men’s 400-meter free. Adam Dubiel (3:54.00) and Lassek Bartlomiej (3:54.74) placed second and third.
Klaudia Nazieblo dominated the women’s 200-meter butterfly with a 2:09.55, while Mirella Olczak wound up a distant second in 2:13.63. Oriana Kowalinska took third in 2:14.91. Nazieblo then picked up her second smashing win with a 2:15.56 in the 200-meter IM. Karolina Urbanska touched second in 2:25.22, while Natalia Nienaltowska placed third in 2:26.33.
Manuela Wikiel earned the women’s 400-meter free title in 4:16.98, while Joanna Zachoszcz placed second in 4:17.14. Barbara Wasilewska earned third in 4:18.80. Anna Kotowicz topped the women’s 100-meter free in 59.54, while Alicja Szczytko took second in 59.85. Kaline Gralewska wound up third in 59.99. Dawid Szulich earned the men’s 50-meter breaststroke title in 28.45, while Michal Perl took second in 29.00. Marcin Stolarski finished third in 29.27.