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Pair of Polish Junior Champs Headed to LSU

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A pair of Polish junior champions are taking their talents to LSU next fall.

Butterfly specialist Pawel Uryniuk and freestyle specialist Michal Daszkiewicz will bring more international flavor to a Tigers team that is already adding TCU transfer Noah Cumby (Canada) and incoming freshman Mark Ford (UK / Scotland). 

Two weeks ago, Uryniuk swam a personal-best 23.42 in the 50m fly at the Arena Grand Prix Polish Cup. He won first place while automatically qualifying for the 2022 World Championships under the FINA ‘A’ standard of 23.63. Last July, Uryniuk earned three first-place finishes (50m free, 50m fly, and 100m fly) at Polish Junior Championships, just days after helping Poland win gold in the 4×100 medley relay at the European Junior Championships in Rome. Uryniuk swims club for G-8 Bielany Warszawa.

50 free: 22.48
100 free: 50.85
50 fly: 23.42 
100 fly: 53.33
200 IM: 2:09.12

Like Uryniuk, Daszkiewicz also tallied a first-place finish at the Arena Grand Prix Polish Cup two weeks ago with a 4:00.47 in the 400m free. At last year’s Polish Junior Championships, he clocked a 3:58.79 to claim first place in the 400m free. Daszkiewicz swims club for UKP “UNIA” Oświęcim. 

50 free: 25.75
100 free: 52.62
200 free: 1:51.55
400 free: 3:56.29

Uryniuk and Daszkiewicz will join Kilian Bishop, Cash Woolsey, Reese Voelkel, and Ford on campus in the fall as members of LSU’s latest recruiting class. At the SEC Championships this past spring, junior star Brooks Curry swam a 40.99 in the 100-yard free to break Caeleb Dressel’s SEC meet record, but the Tigers finished in just 9th place as a team with 505 points. The Olympian was the only LSU swimmer to race at the NCAA Championships, where he won national titles in both the 50 and 100 freestyles. The Tigers’ 9th-place SEC showing under new head coach Rick Bishop was an improvement from last year, though, as they finished in 10th place with 427.5 points in 2021.

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