Lewandowski cruises home  

NATALIE PEUT   July 20th, 2009                                                                                                                                                                            

MICHAEL Lewandowski finished well clear of his fellow competitors in the  Magnetic Island to Townsville swim on Saturday.  The 8km swim looked like a walk in the park for the 22-year-old who came out of the water looking fresh despite the cold and choppy water.  ''I actually expected it to be a lot flatter than it was,'' Lewandowski said. ''We got quite a bit of chop coming in from the middle there and I copped a few mouthfuls of water.  ''But Bill (Murray, paddler) was pushing me the whole way.''  The 22-year-old who finished in 1hr 41mins 38secs managed to finish just over 10 minutes ahead of second placegetter and first female to cross the line Kylee Muldoon''I didn't expect to come in this far in front, I'm pretty stoked about that,'' Lewandowski said.  ''I'm not sure if it is a good time or not I was hoping to get under 1:40 but hopefully with more training in the pool I might get under that next year.''

The swim proved beneficial for the New South Wales-born swimmer who recently moved to Townsville to study sport and exercise science at James Cook University. He is preparing for the Coolangatta Gold ironman competition in October.  Lewandowski said these races were a good mental test.  ''The whole way you are thinking, 'oh, what am I doing?', but you just have to go back and think about your technique,'' he said.  ''This event has definitely helped me.'' 

Second-placed Muldoon finished in 1:51.20, improving on her third place from last year.  Despite coming out of the water shivering from the cold conditions, Muldoon said she was pleased to finish in second and admitted she gets affected by the cold quite badly.  ''I didn't  really know where I was the whole way I was swimming,'' Muldoon said.  ''But my partner Michael just guided me along and put me in the right place like we did last year he knows the water really well so I trusted him.''

   TOO GOOD ... proud parents Frank and Susan flank son Michael Lewandowski after he won                                                                                                                                                                                               the SUBWAY Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim