WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
August 6, 2013
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson, looking to regroup after a disappointing world championships, will compete Wednesday and Thursday at the Eindhoven World Cup in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
The three-time Jamaican Olympian will compete against many of the swimmers she competed against in Barcelona last week.
The two-day FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 meet which offers prize money, features a deep, competitive short course meters field.
2012 Olympian Claire Donahue, who frequently trains with Atkinson when in South Florida at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, is one of the few Americans entered in the predominantly international field. St. Petersburg’s Megan Romano is also entered.
On Wednesday, Atkinson will swim the 100-meter breaststroke which she is seeded first in 1:03.80. She is in Lane 4 in the second of two heats and only swimmer in the 1:03s.
Atkinson, 24, is the fastest seed (29.67) in the 50-meter breaststroke and in Lane 4 of the second of two heats on Thursday. She is one of only two swimmers in the 29s. The other is Sweden’s Rebecca Ejdervik.
Also on Thursday, Atkinson will compete in the 100-meter individual medley. She is seeded in the first of three heats. Her seed time is 58.85 and she is expected to final.
The women’s 200-meter breaststroke will have only one heat because of a lack of entries, however, Atkinson is not competing.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, the defending FINA World Cup series champion, has entered an incredible 11 events over two days. Also competing are Aussie James Magnussen, George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago and Vlad Morozov of Russia.
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