October 10, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson hopes to take up where she left off on the FINA World Cup Series this weekend.

The three-time Olympian for Jamaica will compete as the FINA series resumes with the third leg at the Olympiisky Swimming Pool in Moscow on Saturday and Sunday.

Atkinson, 24, is expected to compete in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke and 100-meter individual medley.

Atkinson was successful during the Aug. 7-8 Netherlands and Aug. 10-11 Berlin legs.

In Eindhoven, Netherlands, Atkinson won the 100-meter breaststroke and broke her own national record 1:03.41 in prelims.

On the second day, she won the 50-meter breaststroke in another national record in 29.42 and was third in the 100-meter individual medley in 59.11.

At the Berlin FINA Cup, she took gold, silver and bronze medals and re-broke two of her national records.

Atkinson is tied for sixth place with Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen Gray in the women’s overall series standings with 57 points.

Atkinson will be joined by SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson for the fourth leg of the series in Dubai, Oct. 17-18 at the Hamdan Sports Complex.

The series then moves on to Doha (Oct. 20-21), Singapore (Nov. 5-6), Tokyo (Nov. 9-10) and Beijing (Nov. 13-14).

The two-day meets feature some of the world’s best swimmers competing for big time prize money.

Olympic champion Chad Le Clos of South Africa and 2012 World Cup champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary lead the series.

The World Cup will be streamed live on FINAtv at FINA.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com