Polish Championships Day 5: Kozakiewicz Lowers 50 Breast NR Again With 27.11

2021 POLISH SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2021 Polish Swimming Championships have wrapped up upon the conclusion of day 5 finals which featured the men’s and women’s 50 breast, 100 back, 200 IM, women’s 1500 freestyle, and men’s 800. With no new FINA A standards hit on the final day of racing, the list of Olympic auto-qualifying marks established throughout the meet stands at 4:

FINA A Cuts Hit At 2021 Polish Championships

  • Jakub Majerski – 100 Butterfly (51.91)
  • Paweł Juraszek –  50 Freestyle (21.72/21.77)
  • Radoslaw Kawęcki – 200 Backstroke (1:57.07)
  • Krzysztof Chmielewski – 200 Buttefly (1:56.48)

During day 5 finals, Jan Kozakiewicz lowered the Polish record in the 50 breaststroke for the second time in one day, bringing it from a 27.17 which he swam in the prelims to a 27.11 in the finals. That was quicker than Dawid Szulich‘s previous mark in the event of 27.48. In the final, Kozakiewicz was joined on the podium by Jan Kałusowski who posted a 28.07 for the silver medal, and Rafuł Kusto who was a 28.11 for bronze.

A second national record broken during the session was the women’s 4×100 medley relay where Alicja Tchórz, Klaudia Nazięblo, Dominika Szandera, and Kornelia Fiedkiewicz posted a 4:02.63 to beat the previous Polish record in the event of 4:03.21 from 2016.

Comparative Splits, Women’s 4×100 Medley

2021 National Record 2016 National Record
Backstroke Alicja Tchórz (1:00.70) Alicja Tchórz (1:00.62)
Breaststroke Klaudia Nazięblo (1:07.94) Paulina Zachoszcz (1:09.50)
Butterfly Dominika Szandera (59.03) Paulina Nogaj (59.31)
Freestyle Kornelia Fiedkiewicz (54.96) Katarzyna Wasick (53.78)

The men’s 4×100 medley title went to Ksawery Masiuk (55.25), Robert Kusto (1:03.17), Adrian Jaśkiewicz (52.96), and Kacper Stokowski (48.68) who hit a 3:40.06, a few seconds over the 2017 national record in the event of 3:36.61.

In the women’s 50 breast, Weronika Hallmann managed to out-swim the national record-holder in the event Dominika Sztandera by posting a winning time of 32.35. That swim for Hallmann was faster than her morning swim in the event of 32.10 and neared Sztandera’s NR of 32.07. Sztandera meanwhile posted a 31.67 for the silver medal while Karolina Piechowicz hit a 31.87 for bronze. 16-year-old Piechowicz’s swim was almost a new age group record in the event, getting within half a second of Paulina Krawczyk‘s 31.75 from 2009.

Paulina Peda nearly became the sole woman to crack a FINA A standard at the Polish Championships by swimming a 1:00.34 100 back, compared to the 1:00.25 cut in the event. The swim for Peda was more than a second faster than her morning swim of 1:01.80 and gave her a new PB in the event, improving upon her 1:00.97. Klaudia Naziębło also managed to dip under 1:01 in the event with a 1:00.82 for the silver medal while Agata Naskręt was a 1:01.05 for bronze.

After hitting the FINA A standard and picking up a national title in the men’s 200 backstroke earlier in the meet, Radoslaw Kawęcki fell to second place in the 100 backstroke with a 54.41 to trail his own national record in the event of 53.82 which he set in 2013 and matched in 2018. Kawęcki was out-swum by Kacper Stokowski‘s winning swim of 54.09, giving him the national title. Third place went to Ksawery Masiuk with a 54.94, allowing him to set a new 17-year-old age group record in the event. Masiuk broke his own age group record of 55.02 which he set in the prelims.

Both 200 IM victors got within striking distance of the 200 IM FINA A standard as Marcel Wagrowski hit a 2:02.49 on the men’s side to trail the cut of 1:59.67 while Zuzanna Famulok swam a 2:16.72 to take the women’s title, missing out on the FINA A standard of 2:12.56.

Famulok’s performance gave her a more decisive victory as Justyna Poznańska came in nearly 3 seconds later with a 2:19.31 for bronze while Wagrowaski established a much more narrow win, just barely out-touching Dominik Bujak‘s silver medal-garnering 2:02.58. The bronze medal for the men went to Dawid Szwedzki with a 2:03.14 and the women’s went to Kinga Paradowska with a 2:19.49.

The final two individual titles of the meet went to Paulina Piechota in the women’s 1500 freestyle and Wojciech Wojdak in the men’s 800. Both swimmers were a bit over the FINA A standard’s in their respective events but still pulled off solid wins as Piechota was a 16:43.80 and Wojdak an 8:02.84. The swim for Wojdak was a bit over his 13th place swim of 7:50.64 from the 2019 World Championships while Piechota was just 6 seconds over her PB in the event on 16:37.95 from 2019.

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