SOFLO’s Atkinson Begins Competing; Adrian Meet Record, Two Upsets Highlight Santa Clara Grand Prix

SOFLO’s Atkinson Begins Competing; Adrian Meet Record, Two Upsets Highlight Santa Clara Grand Prix

SOFLO’s Atkinson Begins Competing; Adrian Meet Record, Two Upsets Highlight Santa Clara Grand Prix


May 31, 2013

Alia Atkinson got in her first racing of the meet Friday at the Santa Clara Grand Prix at George F. Haines International Swim Center.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian, fine tuning for the World Championships in July, is entered in six events.

Atkinson, 24, opened the meet in the 100-meter freestyle, finishing 49th in 57.93, just off her best time of 57.47.

She finished 45th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.93, off her best time of 1:10.17.

Atkinson was 20th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:36.03. Her seed time was 2:28.77.

On Saturday, Atkinson swims the 50-meter freestyle which she is seeded 28th and on Sunday she competes in her marquis event, the 100-meter breaststroke, where she is seeded second behind Jessica Hardy, and 200-meter individual medley in which she is seeded 13th.

In the championship finals Friday night:

Nathan Adrian, who said he isn’t training consistently, broke a meet record in the 100-meter freestyle to win in 48.08, fourth fastest time in the world this tear.

Olympian Ryan Lochte, working his way back into to shape a month away from world trials, made the “A” final of the 100-meter freestyle wearing jammers for the first time this season. He earned the sixth seed in 50.05 and finished second in the final in 49.53.

Lochte came back to win the 100-meter butterfly in 52.29, edging Tyler McGill in 52.42.

In one of the upsets of the night, North Baltimore Aquatic Club’s Gillian Ryan, 17, won the women’s 400-meter freestyle in 4:11.83 in an exciting finish. She was sixth in Lane 7 at the 350-meter mark. Alexa Komarnycky was second in 4:11.93 and Allison Schmitt was third in 4:11.97.

In another upset, Canadian Katerine Savard knocked off Olympic champion Dana Vollmer in the 100-meter butterfly in 58.83. Vollmer was second in 58.90.

Texas Laura Sogar won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:26.53. Micah Lawrence was second in 2:27.32.

Kevin Cordes, 19, making his long course debut this year, won the 200-meter breaststroke by two body lengths to finish in 2:10.95, seventh fastest in the world. New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders, training at USC, was second in 2:13.63. Cordes went out in 1:02.9.

Connor Jaeger won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:46.93. Conor Dwyer was second in 3:48.20, eighth fastest time in the world this season.

Megan Romano, 22, of Athens Bulldogs won the 100-meter freestyle in 54.16. Olympian Natalie Coughlin, 30, was second in 54.33 and Missy Franklin was third in 54.56.

A field of more than 500 swimmers is competing in the sixth and final stop on USA Swimming’s 2012-13 Arena Grand Prix Series that awards prize money to top finishers.

Saturday’s finals will air live on Universal Sports Network, 8-9:30 p.m. EST and live webcast of the entire meet will be streamed live online at

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