2013 SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Evelin Jimenez

2013 SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Evelin Jimenez


Age: 17

High School: Hialeah Gardens

College: University of South Florida

Evelin Jimenez was born to swim.

She started swimming in learn-to-swim classes and competing when she was 7.

“I was bored so I stayed in swimming after I learned,” Jimenez said. “Ever since I started I loved it.

“It was something new for me to try out,” Jimenez said. “I liked the feel of the water and the way I moved with it. It was a good experience for me.”

The Miami-born Jimenez also loved the sport’s social factor. She switched clubs and started training with the South Florida Aquatic Club three years ago.

“I made friends in swimming and through those friends I found SOFLO,” said Jimenez, whose twin Daniela also swims for SOFLO. “They encouraged me and I started improving.

“I am going to miss being able to come here all the time. SOFLO has been like a family to me. I am also excited to graduate and move on.”

Jimenez competed in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle and butterfly races and loved the sprint events, she said. Among her swim highlights were the Orlando Grand Prix and her junior and senior year at the high school state meet.

“I felt good about the quality of my races and my improvement,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez also loved the fact her sister was on the same team.

“We didn’t really swim the same events,” she said. “If we were in the same event, we were a little competitive. I would try to pass her and she would try to pass me. It was fun. It was nice having someone to share swimming with, experiencing the same things at the same time.”

Jimenez hopes to continue swimming at USF at the club level to stay in shape. She will be taking pre-med and biology her first year and plans to focus on her studies.

“I want to be a doctor and I chose USF because it has a good medical program,” Jimenez said.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson Finishes Fifth At Arena Santa Clara Grand Prix

SOFLO’s Atkinson Finishes Fifth At Arena Santa Clara Grand Prix


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 2, 2013

In her sixth and final event of the Arena Santa Clara Grand Prix, Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club finished fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

Atkinson, 24, a three-time Olympian for Jamaica, racing in Lane 4 in a bright pink suit next to world record holder Jessica Hardy, was hoping to race 1:07.8 on Sunday in her marquis event, but finished in 1:08.70.

Atkinson went out in 32.10, third-fastest in the field, but finished in 36.60.

Atkinson was seeded second behind Hardy going into the meet. Atkinson won her morning prelim heat in 1:08.84.

Hardy went out fast in 31.23 and finished in 35.63 to win the event in 1:06.86, fifth fastest time in the world this year.

Aussie Samantha Marshall, 20, was second in 1:08.00 and Laura Sogar, 22, was third in 1:08.41.

“I am trying to get back into racing shape and just enjoy the race,” Hardy said. “I thought I could do 1:06 tonight. I am headed in the right direction.”

In her other Sunday event, Atkinson was 37th in the 200-meter individual medley prelims in 2:23.53.

Earlier in the meet, Atkinson swam the 100-meter freestyle in 57.93, 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.93, 200-meter breaststroke in 2:33.51 and 50-meter freestyle in 26.22.

In other championship finals:

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Two-time Canadian Olympian Audrey Lacroix, 29, won in 2:08.64, her fastest time this year. She had a 1/100th of a second lead at the halfway mark in 1:01.24 and pulled away by more than a body length from the field in the final 50 meters. “I tried to be consistent against a very good field,” she said. “This is a good race to gauge my training.”

Men 200 butterfly: Sixteen-year-old Californian Justin Wright of the Fresno Dolphins reeled in early leader Tyler Clary and upset the men’s field to win in a lifetime-best 1:57.90. Clary led at the midway mark in 56.80. “I went out a little slow in the first half but I trusted myself in that second half,” said Wright, who turns 17 on Monday.

Men 100-meter breaststroke: Kevin Cordes led a three-man race in the final 25 meters and pulled away to win in 1:00.47. New Zeland’s Glenn Snyders led at the halfway mark in 28.26 and finished second in 1:00.99. Felipe Lima of Fiat and Davie Nadadores was third in 1:01.21. “I was trying to get my stroke together in those last ten meters,” Cordes said.

Women 100-meter backstroke: Elizabeth Pelton out-touched Olympic teenager Missy Franklin, who came on hard in the end, to win the race she led from wire-to-wire. It was the first time in three years Pelton broke a minute. She was the leader at the halfway mark in 29.50. “This feels great,” Pelton said. “It shows me what I am capable of.” Franklin was second in 1:00.02. Pelton and Franklin will be teammates at Cal-Berkeley this fall.

Men 100-meter backstroke: In an exciting finish, Olympian Matt Grevers and Ark Vyatchanin tied for first in 54.47. Grevers led at the halfway mark with a 26.53 split but Vyatchanin made up ground on the back half. “I just wanted to finish, Grevers said.

Women 200 IM: In a replay of the 400 IM, Caitlin Leverenz took the lead on the breaststroke leg and cruised on the freestyle to win in 2:11.87. Olympian Missy Franklin was second in 2:13.56. “I know the breaststroke is my strength and I really have to use that to my advantage to make sure they can’t catch me,” Leverenz said. Four of the swimmers were coming off the 100 backstroke.
Men 200 IM: Olympian Ryan Lochte led after the first 100 in 54.42 with Conor Dwyer on his heels. Lochte pulled away on the breaststroke by more than a body length and went on to win in 1:58.07. Dwyer was second in 2:00.19. “I just like getting up on the blocks and racing,” Lochte said. “I need to work on the little things. I have a month to go back and clean up some things.” It was Lochte’s fourth win of the meet.

Women 800 freestyle: Teenager Gillian Ryan, 17, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won in the final lap to sweep the meet’s distance events, winning the 800 in 8:36.49, edging Alexa Komarnycky, 23, of Island Swimming in 8:36.93. “I knew I had a chance if I put all into it,” Ryan said.

Men 1500 freestyle: In an exciting finish, Aussie teenager Mack Horton, 17, the early leader, held off Mateus Sawrymowicz of Trojan Swim Club to win in 15:13.67 to 15:14.08. Chad LaTourette was third in 15:28.22. “I am still breathing hard,” Horton said during his post-race interview.

For U.S. swimmers it was the final tuneup meet before the June 25-29 World Championship Trials/Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson Winds Up Santa Clara Tuneup On Sunday

SOFLO’s Atkinson Winds Up Santa Clara Tuneup On Sunday


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 1, 2013

Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club finished fourth in the “C” final of the 50-meter freestyle, one of her off events, Saturday at the Arena Santa Clara Grand Prix at George F. Haines International Swim Center.

Atkinson swam 26.22, faster than her prelim time of 26.30.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian will wind up the meet on Sunday with the final two of her 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 first in the “C” final and 19th overall in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:33.51.

On Sunday she swims 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.

U.S. swimmers dominated the championship finals Saturday night:

Caitlin Leverenz, 22, of California Aquatics won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:40.05. She was behind two body lengths before the breaststroke leg and then moved into the lead by two body lengths.

“I just tried to swim my own race,” Leverenz said. “I tried to get out there and use my strengths. This race is tough. I think it’s the hardest race to go after every single stroke.”

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte, 28, of Daytona Beach won the men’s 400 IM in a meet record 4:11.36. Lochte had a sizeable lead on the backstroke and was 1:59.5 at midway mark. Nineteen-year-old Chase Kalisz closed the gap on breaststroke and made up 3 to 4 body lengths, but Lochte held on for the wire-to-wire win and fourth fastest time in the world this year

“I forgot how bad that race hurts,” Lochte said. “I am paying for it now. This is pretty much one of the hardest events out there, it takes guts to do that race.”

Lochte also came back and won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:57.51.

“As far as I’m concerned, the Olympics never happened,” Lochte said. “Whatever has happened, is over and I can’t do anything about that. All I can do is try to fix some of the small things for the future.”

Missy Franklin, 18, won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:58.26, edging out Allison Schmitt in 1:58.29 and one event later also won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:08.24.

“Swimming back to back events doesn’t give me a lot of time to think,” Franklin said. “You just go and swim.” Franklin said she went to Berkeley before the meet started and picked out her classes. She will start classes at UC-Berkeley in the fall.

Connor Jaeger, 22, of Club Wolverine, won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:49.14. Only 7/100ths of a second separated the top five finishers.

Three-time Olympic champion Natalie Coughlin, 30, of California Aquatics won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.06. Jessica Hardy was second in 25.24. Coughlin is still thinking about another Olympic run. Last year she didn’t qualify for any individual events for London.

“I am better than that,” Coughlin said. “I didn’t want to end like that. I’m treating last year as a learning experience. I want to continue swimming.”

Nathan Adrian, 24, of California Aquatics won the 50-meter freestyle in a meet record 21.76. It was his second meet record of the meet. Brazilian Cesar Cielo, coming back from knee surgery, was second in 22.04, also a meet record. Anthony Ervin was second in 22.07.

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.

On Sunday, the final day of the meet will be on a live webcast that will be streamed live online at usaswimming.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO Swimmers Wrap Up Senior Open By Dominating Final Session

SOFLO Swimmers Wrap Up Senior Open By Dominating Final Session


WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

June 1, 2013

CJ Kopecki, Juan Lucas and Marc Rojas were triple winners on the final day of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Open at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO swimmers dominated the fourth and final session of the two-day meet that attracted swimmers from Boca Raton to Miami.

Lucas, 14, did the best of the trio by winning three events, all in lifetime-best times.

Lucas won the 200-meter individual medley, 2:26.25, dropping from 2:36.63; 100-meter freestyle, 59.38, dropping from 59.96; and 100-meter backstroke, 1:07.72, dropping from 1:08.71.

Kopecki, 13, won the 50-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 30.03, dropping from 30.09. He also won the 200-meter butterfly, 2:23.51 and 400-meter freestyle, 4:35.87.

Rojas, 19, won the 200-meter individual medley, 2:23.08; 50-meter breaststroke, 32.99; and 400-meter freestyle, 4:29.37.

Other top SOFLO finishers were:

Amber Hunter, 17, 50-meter butterfly, 28.77, best time dropping from 30.50.

Endi Babi, 25, 50-meter butterfly, 27.86; 200-meter butterfly, 2:17.22.

Rafael Rodriguez, 11, 200-meter breaststroke, 3:02.53 best time, dropping from 3:33.21; 200-meter butterfly, 2:48.73.

Jennifer Rodriguez, 12, 200-meter butterfly, 2:53.76, best time, dropping from 3:04.22.

Jessica Rodriguez, 14, 200-meter butterfly, 2:41.12.

Tyler Gibson, 13, 200-meter breaststroke, 3:03.15; 50-meter breaststroke, 37.69, best time, dropping from 39.10.

Maria Lopez, 17, 200-meter butterfly, 2:27.66.

Kaitlin Armstrong, 16, 50-meter breaststroke, 39.88, best time, dropping from 43.27.

SOFLO swept the 200-meter freestyle relays.

The girls “B” relay of Natasha Testa, Daniela Jimenez, Jessica Rodriguez and Kaitlin Armstrong won in 1:47.49, faster than the relay’s seed time of 2:00.97.

The boys “B” relay of Ryan Capote, Gustavo Valery, Endi Babi and Alfredo Mesa won in 1:47.49, faster than its 1:47.69 seed time.

SESSION FOUR

GIRLS

200-meter freestyle relay:

13-and-over, 1. SOFLO B 1:47.49 (Natasha Testa, Daniela Jimenez, Jessica Rodriguez, Kaitlin Armstrong), 2. SOFLO A 1:48.18, 3. SOFLO D 1:55.39, 4. SOFLO C 1:55.40.

50-meter butterfly:

13-14, 1. Samantha Breistol, PAQ 35.00; SOFLO: 4. Natasha Testa 37.51, 6. Zariya Harris 41.33, 9. Andrea Avellaneda 49.72; 15-and-over, 1. Amber Hunter, SOFLO 28.77, best time; SOFLO: 4. Marcella Marinheiro 31.42, 6. Kaitlin Armstrong 34.42, best time.

200-meter individual medley:

13-14, 1. Carlotta Verita, FLA 2:38.46; SOFLO: 7. Anna Montgomery 3:01.44, best time, 12. Keren Rivera 3:59.31; 15-and-over, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 2:33.14; SOFLO: 2. Melissa Marinheiro 2:33.89, 4. Maria Lopez 2:41.48.

100-meter freestyle:

13-14, 1. Sofia Rodriguez, ASC 1:07.71; SOFLO: 3. Natasha Testa 1:08.74, 4. Abolade Oyetunji 1:08.99, 9. Zariya Harris 1:14.10, 10. Lauren Simm 1:14.78, best time, 17. Keren Rivera 1:29.94, 18. Andrea Avellaneda 1:33.07, best time, 19. Kristen Armstrong 1:39.69; 15-and-over, 1. Harper Bruens, FLA 59.52; SOFLO: 2. Melissa Marinheiro 1:02.12, 5. Amber Hunter 1:03.26, 6. Marcella Marinheiro 1:03.33, 8. Maria Lopez 1:04.83, 9. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:05.40, best time, 17. Genesis Pabon 1:14.85, 19. Karina Medina 1:17.75, 20. LisaMarie Handal 1:18.41, 25. Emely Nunez 1:27.44, best time.

200-meter breaststroke:

12-and-under, 1. Jessie Fernandez, Rockway 3:01.69; SOFLO: 2. Annita Huang 3:24.53; 13-14, 1. Carlotta Verita, FLA 3:00.37; SOFLO: 4. Abolade Oyetunji 3:29.99, 5. Lauren Simm 3:35.19; 15-and-over, 1. Kelly Fertel, Rockway 2:47.56; SOFLO: 3. Kylie Herman 3:14.25, best time, 4. Astrid Rigau 3:21.14, 5. Karina Medina 3:31.00, 6. Emely Nunez 3:36.71, best time.

100-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Moo Moo Long, FLA 1:18.91; SOFLO: 2. Stephanie Mlujeak 1:20.39, 6. Abolade Oyetunji 1:25.96, 9. Lauren Simm 1:30.58, best time, 13. Andrea Avellaneda 1:43.84, 15. Keren Rivera 1:44.96, best time, 16. Kristen Armstrong 2:00.79, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Iwona Lefanowicz, FLA 1:07.79; SOFLO: 3. Melissa Marinheiro 1:12.10, 7. Kaitlin Armstrong 1:17.72, best time, 9. Astrid Rigau 1:25.44, 11. Genesis Pabon 1:29.10, 12. LisaMarie Handal 1:32.37, best time, 16. Karina Medina 2:01.60.

200-meter butterfly:

12-and-under, 1. Jennifer Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:53.76, best time; SOFLO; 2. Vanessa Mesa 3:07.27, best time; 13-14, 1. Jessica Rodriguez 2:14.21; SOFLO: 2. Natasha Testa 2:46.36, best time, 5. Zariya Harris 3:06.72, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Maria Lopez, SOFLO 2:27.66; SOFLO: 4. Amber Hunter 2:39.32, 5. Kylie Herman 2:41.26.

50-meter breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Frances Morales, FLA 39.25; SOFLO: 2. Natasha Testa 43.11, 4. Zariya Harris 50.38, best time, 5. Anna Montgomery 50.94, best time, 7. Keren Rivera 51.73, 12. Kristen Armstrong 59.17, 13. Andrea Avellaneda 59.78; 15-and-over, 1. Kaitlin Armstrong, SOFLO 39.88, best time; SOFLO: 2. Astrid Rigau 44.07, best time, 3. Genesis Pabon 44.29, 4. Emely Nunez 45.98, best time, 10. LisaMarie Handal 49.01.

400-meter freestyle:

13-14, 1. Carlotta Verita, FLA 5:11.66; SOFLO: 3. Anna Montgomery 5:30.40, best time, 7. Zariya Harris 5:45.78, 9. Lauren Simm 5:57.28, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Annette Kovacs, FLA 4:37.10; SOFLO: 2. Kylie Herman 4:49.68, 10. LisaMarie Handal 6:06.77, best time.

BOYS

200-meter freestyle relay:

13-and-over, 1. SOFLO B 1:47.49, 2. SOFLO A 1:48.18, 3. SOFLO D 1:55.39, 4. SOFLO C 1:55.40, 5. SOFLO E 1:58.63.

50-meter butterfly:

13-14, 1. Cj Kopecki, SOFLO 30.03, best time; SOFLO; 2. Esteban Diaz-Velasco 30.47, best time, 3. Cristian Rossi 30.74, 5. Juan Osorio 33.60, 6. Tyler Gibson 34.31, best time, 8. Andrew Molko 35.80, best time, 9. Andres Arias 36.80, best time, 10. Miguel Hernandez 36.99, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Endi Babi, SOFLO 27.86; SOFLO: 12. Eduardo Graziano 32.11, 13. Daniel Reyna 32.44, 16. Federico Molina 34.16, 17. Simon Ortiz 35.00, best time.

200-meter individual medley:

13-14, 1. Juan Lucas, SOFLO 2:26.25; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Strod 2:26.66, 3. Alfredo Mesa 2:34.58, 4. Kevin Porto 2:36.67, best time, 6. Matthew Menocal 2:46.89, best time; 15-and-over, 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 2:23.08; SOFLO: 2. Jordan Colon 2:27.66, 3. Jacob Walters 2:30.69, best time, 8. Gustavo Valery 2:36.36, 9.Bowie Suen 2:44.53, 11. Simon Ortiz 2:47.52, best time, 12. Richard Cadena 2:48.06, best time, 13. Baldwin Suen 2:48.23, 15. Daniel Reyna 2:56.56, ties best time.

100-meter freestyle:

13-14, 1. Juan Lucas, SOFLO 59.48, best time; SOFLO: 2. CJ Kopecki 1:01.05, best time, 3. Cristian Rossi 1:02.60, 5. Tyler Gibson 1:05.59, best time, 7. Juan Osorio 1:05.69, best time, 8. Mathew Menocal 1:05.85, best time, 9. Andres Arias 1:06.06, 10. Miguel Hernandez 1:06.29, 13. Andre Molko 1:08.12, best time, 14. Rodrigo Rodriguez 1:08.75, best time, 16. Juan Medina 1:11.47, best time, 19. Brandon Fratianni 1:17.71, best time; 15-and-over, 1. John Walsh, FLA 56.28; SOFLO: 4. Jacob Walters 58.21, 7. Xavier Brown 58.92, 9. Ryan Capote 59.10, best time, 12. Roger Capote 1:01.47, 13. Gustavo Valery 1:02.23, 14. Edward Kon 1:02.25, best time, 17. Eduardo Graziano 1:04.35, 18. Bowie Suen 1:04.60, 19. Simon Ortiz 1:05.10, best time, 20. Baldwin Suen 1:05.96, best time, 223. Richard Cadena 1:08.56, best time, 24. Federico Molina 1:10.02, 29. Marco Crespo 1:16.74, best time.

200-meter breaststroke:

12-and-under, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 3:02.53, best timel SOFLO: 2. Brandon Moran 3:04.59, best time, 6. Gabriel Saavedra 3:49.78; 13-14, 1. Tyler Gibson, SOFLO 3:03.15, 2. Alfredo Mesa 3:09.15, 3. Juan Medina 3:17.56; 15-and-over, 1. AJ Reid, FLA 2:48.24; SOFLO; 4.Edward Kon 2:59.71, 7. Miguel Crespo 3:45.50.

100-meter backstroke:

13-14, 1. Juan Lucas, SOFLO 1:07.72; SOFLO: 4. Cristian Rossi 1:23.21, 5. Andre Molko 1:23.91; 15-and-over, 1. Manny Avila, PAQ 1:05.74; SOFLO: 3. Gustavo Valery 1:08.90, 6. Ryan Capote 1:11.59, 10. Eduardo Graziano 1:17.79, 11. Richard Cadena 1:20.87, best time, 12. Bowie Suen 1:22.46, 13. Daniel Reyna 1:25.65, 14. Federico Molina 1:34.73.

200-meter butterfly:

12-and-under, 1. Rafael Rodriguez, SOFLO 2:48.73; SOFLO: 2. Brandon Moran 2:50.30, best time, 3. Bryant Segui 2:56.61, best time, 4. Sam Walters 3:03.90; 13-14, 1. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 2:23.51; SOFLO: 2. Jonathan Strod 2:27.30, best time, 3. Alfredo Mesa 2:41.54, 4. Miguel Hernandez 3:30.24, 5. Juan Medina 3:40.40; 15-and-over, 1. Endi Babi, SOFLO 2:17.22; SOFLO: 5. Jordan Colon 2:41.32, 7. Federico Molina 3:47.49.

50-meter breaststroke:

13-14, 1. Tyler Gibson, SOFLO 37.69, best time; SOFLO: 5. Juan Osorio 42.41, 6. Matthew Menocal 42.68, best time, 7. Juan Medina 43.01, 8. Andres Arias 43.60, best time, 9. Miguel Hernandez 44.03, best time, 10. Rodrigo Rodriguez 44.77, best time, 11. Bryan Moran 46.68, best time, 14. Brandon Fratianni 55.62; 15-and-over, 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 32.99; SOFLO: 2. Bowie Suen 35.49, best time, 4. Roger Capote 35.72, 5. Edward Kon 36.30, best time, 7. Baldwin Suen 37.81, best time, 10. Richard Cadena 42.26, 16. Marco Crespo 49.99.

400-meter freestyle:

13-14, 1. CJ Kopecki, SOFLO 4:35.87; SOFLO: 2. Juan Lucas 4:36.67, 3. Jonathan Strod 4:39.49, 4. Kevin Porto 4:43.29, 7. Andre Molko 5:20.50, best time, 8. Bryan Moran 5:35.33; 15-and-over, 1. Marc Rojas, SOFLO 4:29.37; SOFLO: 2. Jacob Walters 4:33.27, 3. Roger Capote 4:36.64, 4. Gustavo Valery 4:37.35, 6. Ryan Capote 4:41.51, 7. Simon Ortiz 4:58.06, 9. Jordan Colon 5:01.64.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

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

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

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 usaswimming.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com