Twin Titles for Alicja Tchorz at Polish Nationals

OLSZTYN, Poland, June 6. THE second day of action at the Polish National Championships produced a Polish relay record as well as a powerful double victory by Alicja Tchorz.

The Slask Wroclaw foursome of Anna Dowgiert (57.25), Paulina Zelazna (58.08), Karolina Dyrda (57.51) and Nikola Petryka (56.90) set the Polish record in the women’s 400-meter free relay with a 3:49.74 this evening. That performance beat the record of 3:49.86 set by the quartet of Katarzyna Wilk, Magdalena Baranowska, Natalia Pawlaczek and Karolina Szcepaniak at the 2008 European Juniors in Serbia.

Tchorz of Juvenia Wroclaw captured her second title of the meet as well as she charged to a 1:01.21 in the women’s 100-meter back. She matched that with her win in the 200 back on day one, and finished just off her Polish mark of 1:01.02. Her teammate Klaudia Nazieblo posted a second-place time of 1:01.81, while Pietnastka Bydgoszcz’s Anna Kozlowska finished third in 1:03.47.

In a close call, Tchorz doubled up on day two with her third victory of the meet as she clipped Katowice’s Karolina Szcepaniak, 4:49.84 to 4:49.99, in the women’s 400-meter IM. Biala Podlaska’s Jowita Sienczyk rounded out the podium with a third-place time of 4:54.69.

After vaulting to fourth in the world rankings in the men’s 200-meter fly yesterday, Warszawa’s Pawel Korzeniowski clinched his second title of the meet with a 1:47.78 in the men’s 200-meter free. That’s just a second off his Polish record of 1:46.59. Jan Switkowski of Skarpa Lublin took second in 1:48.35 with Water Poznan’s Kacper Majchrzak finishing third in 1:49.43.

Polish-record holder Radoslaw Kawecki snagged the men’s 100-meter backstroke crown with a 54.35. That isn’t far off his national standard of 53.82. Krzysztof Jankiewicz hit the wall in 55.32 for second, while Katowice’s Tomasz Plewska earned third in the finale with a 55.39.

Ostrowiec’s Donata Kilijanska won by more than a second in the women’s 200-meter free with a 2:02.08, while Olsztyn’s Monika Czerniak took second in the finale with a 2:03.29. Szczecin’s Katarzyna Kasperek checked in with a third-place 2:04.14.

Wroclaw’s Dominika Sztandera picked up the women’s 50-meter breast crown in 32.27with Paulina Zachoszcz of Szczecin earning second-place honors in the sprint breast with a 32.89. Slask Wroclaw’s Weronika Paluszek wound up third in 33.22.

Dawid Szluich of Delfin Legionowo topped the men’s 50-meter breast in 27.97, just half-a-second off his Polish record of 27.48. Filip Wypych of Lodz placed second in 28.54, while Victoria Raciborz’s Krzysztof Tokarski snatched third in the finale with a 28.60.

Slask Wroclaw’s Karol Zaczynski took home the men’s 400-meter IM title in 4:22.10 with Dawid Szwedzki posting a 4:22.37 for second place overall. Adam Dubiel picked up third in the finale with a 4:26.03.