OSTROWIEC SWIETOKRZYSKI, Poland, May 21. THE 200 backstroke Polish records encountered some serious progression during the first day of long course swimming at the Polish Championships.
During prelims, Alicja Tchorz topped qualifying with a time of 2:10.85 in the women's 200 back. The performance erased the 2:12.46 set by Zuzanna Mazurek during the 2008 Beijing Games.
Tchorz returned in the evening with a winning time of 2:10.38 to eclipse her short-lived preliminary standard. Mazurek finished third in 2:13.67, while Klaudia Naziebo touched third in 2:14.01.
Radoslaw Kawecki became the first Polish man under 2:00 in the men's 200 back with a 1:59.82 during prelims. That effort cleared the 2:00.05 set by Bartosz Sikora during the 1996 Atlanta Games. The record is among the longest still in the Polish record books. Only Artur Wojdat's 1989 200 free (1:47.96), Konrad Galka's 1996 50 fly (24.41) and the 400 medley relay time of 3:41.72 from 1996 remain from before the turn of the millennium.
Kawecki then progressed the national record further during finals with a 1:58.74. Jakub Jasinski took second in 2:00.75, while Jan Konarzewski finished third in 2:00.81.
Justyna Hampel began the day with a winning time of 17:11.75 in the women's 1500 free. Aleksandra Cisowska (17:34.87) and Manuela Wilkie (17:47.63) finished second and third. Przemyslaw Stanczyk followed in the men's 800 free with a top time of 8:00.08 with Krzysztof Pielowski (8:02.64) and Maciej Hreniak (8:04.20) completing the top three.
Mirela Olczak earned the women's 200 fly title in 2:12.54 with Paula Zukowska (2:13.96) and Agnieszka Sak (2:15.60) taking second and third. Meanwhile, Pawel Korzeniowski captured the men's 200 fly crown in 1:55.65. Marcin Ciecelak (1:58.96) and Mateusz Kierzkowski (2:01.02) rounded out the podium.
In the sprint 50 frees, Katarzyna Wilk won in 25.31 over national-record holder Agata Korc's 25.52 for the women. Aleksandra Ubranczyk wound up third in 26.16. Konrad Czerniak finished first in the men's event with a 22.11, touching out national-record holder Bartosz Kizierowski (22.19). Marcin Tarczynski placed third in 22.52.