WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson is red hot.
For the second consecutive day, Atkinson broke a meet record and won gold Monday night at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Representing Jamaica, the 21-year-old won the 200-meter individual medley in a Games record 2:17.31. On Monday, she won the 200-meter breaststroke in back-to-back Games records of 2:33.64 in prelims and 2:30.99 in finals.
Atkinson was seeded first in the 200 IM after morning prelims in 2:19.65. Earlier in the morning, she finished tenth in the 50-meter butterfly in 28.70.
Against a tough women’s field, SOFLO’s Arlene Semeco, 26, took a bronze medal in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.21. Vanessa Garcia, 26, of Puerto Rico won the gold medal in 55.00. Arianna Vanderpool, 22, of the Bahamas was second in 55.07.
Also in the 100 freestyle, Nastasha Moodie, 19, of Jamaica was fifth in 57.16. Sharntelle McLean of Trinidad and Tobago, who trains at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, was seventh in 58.93. McLean was also ninth in the 50-meter butterfly in 28.68.
Ten Games records were broken on the second day of preliminary and finals competition.
Other individual champions were:
*Arianna Vanderpool, 22, of the Bahamas won the 50-meter butterfly in a Games record of 26.92.
*Bradley Ally, 25, of Barbados, who grew up swimming in the Florida Gold Coast, won the 400-meter individual medley in a Games record. Ally graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas and trained at Pine Crest and Fort Lauderdale Swim Team.
*Valentin Morales, 22, of Guatemala won the women’s 50-meter backstroke in a Games record 29.18, breaking her own morning Games record.
*Echeverria Crespo, 21, of Panama 28.49 won the men’s 50-meter breaststroke in 28.49 after breaking the Games record in morning prelims in 28.32.
Henao Colorado of Colombia (27.88, women’s 50-meter butterfly), Vanderpool of the Bahamas (27.42, women’s 50-meter butterfly) and Valentin Morales of Guatemala (29.51, women’s 50-meter backstroke) also broke Games records in morning prelims.
In today’s action, Atkinson competes in the 100-meter breaststroke along with Daniela Victoria of Venezuela.
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