January 19, 2012
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
Jessie Alcaide and Alia Atkinson will get in a little extra racing Friday and Saturday at the Nike Swim Team Challenge at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center.
Alcaide, 27, and Atkinson, 23, head the field of 701 swimmers and 23 teams.
Nike-sponsored SOFLO is one of two Florida Gold Coast teams competing. The other is Boca Raton-based Performance Aquatics. The remaining teams are from Florida Swimming.
Alcaide is entered in three events. She is the No. 1 seed in the 100-yard butterfly (54.61) and 100-yard freestyle (49.86) and No. 2 seed in the 50-yard freestyle (23.08).
Atkinson, a two-time Jamaican Olympian, will compete in five events. She is the top seed in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.44), 200-yard individual medley (2:04.29) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:11.90).
Atkinson is seeded second in the 100-yard backstroke (1:03.07) and third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.85).
Atkinson Award Finalist
SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson, a runner-up last year, is among finalists for the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportswoman of the Year Award Friday night.
The 51st annual event will honor the top male and female athletes from
Jamaica at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.
Track and field stars Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake are the favorites for the men’s honor.
Track star Veronica Campbell-Brown, boxer Alicia Ashley and Atkinson, silver medalist at the Pan American Games, are the leading favorites for the women’s award.
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