By Sharon Robb
December 8, 2013
Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club closed out her most successful short course meters and short course yards season of her illustrious career in style.
On the final day of the AT&T Winter National Championships Saturday at the University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, the three-time Jamaican Olympian swam a lifetime-best and bettered her own national record in the 200-yard breaststroke in morning prelims in 2:05.63.
She captured her second national title of the meet in 2:06.22, more than two seconds ahead Micah Lawrence of SwimMAC in 2:08.93. During the final she was under U.S. Open prace with a 59.87 split at the 100 but was unable to maintain the fast pace.
In prelims her 100 split was 59.65.
Atkinson, 24, also won gold in the 100-yard breaststroke in a meet record 57.62 and bronze in the 100-yard individual medley. She finished sixth in the high point awards with 56 points.
SOFLO teammate Melissa Marinheiro , 16, was 26th in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:06.33. Marinheiro, competing in major back-to-back meets, will now head to the Dec. 12-14 Speedo Winter Junior National Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
Missy Franklin, 18, of University of California was high point women’s winner with 90 points and Andrew Seliskar, 17, of Nation’s Capital was men’s high point winner with 75 points.
Nation’s Capital won the women’s club title with 279 points and University of California won the women’s college title with 540 points, more than 300 ahead of Tennessee.
SwimMAC Carolina won the men’s club title with 262 points. University of Michigan won the men’s college title with 318 points.
Nation’s Capital won the club combined team title with 396 points, just five points ahed of SwimMAC.
University of California won the college combined team title with 754.50 points, more than 300 points ahead of Michigan.
Other Saturday night championship results:
Katie Ledecky, 16, of Nation’s Capital, won the 1,650-yard freestyle in an American and U.S. Open record 15:15.17, shattering the previous record (Katie Hoff, 15:24.35 in 2008) by more than nine seconds. Ledecky won the Performance of the Meet award with that swim.
Connor Jaeger, 22, of the University of Michigan won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 14:39.02.
Elizabeth Pelton, 20, of California knocked off teammate Missy Franklin to win the 200-yard backstroke in 1:49.59. Franklin finished in 1:51.54.
Arkady Vyatchanin, 29, of the New York Athletic Club won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:37.87.
Natalie Coughlin, 31, of California Aquatics won the 100-yard freestyle in 47.19.
Nathan Adrian, 24, of California Aquatics won the 100-yard freestyle in 41.39.
Brad Craig, 24, of Tennessee Aquatics won the 200-yard breaststroke in 1:52.99.
Kelsi Worrell, 19, of Louisville won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:54.12.
Dylan Bosch, 20, of University of Michigan won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:41.01.
Other Florida Gold Coast results
Women’s 200-yard breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, SOFLO 2:06.22; Emily Kopas, Coral Springs Swim Club, disqualified.
Women’s 1,650-yard freestyle: 26. Melissa Marinheiro, South Florida Aquatic Club 17:06.33.
Women’s 100-yard backstroke: 11. Lauren Driscoll, Tennessee 1:56.16.
Women’s 100-yard freestyle: 21. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 50.34, 29. Rhi Jeffrey, Bernal’s Gators 50.32.
Men’s 200-yard breaststroke: 44. Nick Schwab, Badger Swim Club 2:04.90.
Women’s 200-yard butterfly: 45. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:04.06, 48. Courtney Marx, Western Kentucky 2:04.63.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com