October 12, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson left Moscow with one silver medal and two bronze medals after finishing the third leg of the FINA World Cup Series.

On Sunday, the three-time Olympian was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.21, off her national record of 29.21. She finished behind 16-year-old Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania who won in 28.89. Atkinson was seeded first.

The Jamaican swim queen captured her second bronze medal in the 100-meter individual medley in 59.12, off her national record of 58.77. She was seeded second in the event. Meilutyte won in 58.57 and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary was second in 58.75.

Atkinson totaled $1,500 for her second-day effort.

On Day One, Atkinson was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.64, off her national record. She earned $500.

Atkinson also finished fourth in the 50-meter backstroke in 27.76 and may have medaled had it not been for her finish into the wall.

Another top Caribbean swimmer, George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago, was third in the 100-meter individual medley in 52.88 and 50-meter freestyle in 21.49.

Three world records were broken in Moscow. Meilutyte broke the 100-meter breaststroke mark in 102.36 and Russia set world records in the mixed freestyle (1:33.01) and medley relays (1:41.70). Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom had the best meet with five gold medals and South African Chad LeClos won three gold medals.

Atkinson now heads to Dubai for the fourth leg of the series on Oct. 17-18. She will be joined by SOFLO coach Chris Anderson, who was scheduled to depart South Florida on Monday night.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com