SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes Gold, Bronze On Day Two Of FINA/MASTBANK World Cup In Beijing

By Sharon Robb

October 25, 2014—Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club added another gold and bronze to her medal haul Saturday at the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup in Beijing, China.

Atkinson, 25, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.15, just 0.03 seconds off her season-best, and came from behind to finish third in the 100-meter individual medley in 59.05 and picked up $2,000. Her 50-meter breaststroke race was ranked the second best performance among women earning her 18 bonus points.

On Friday, Atkinson won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.11 and picked up 12 points and $1500 for the win.

Atkinson is fourth on the points and prize money list with 207 points and $46,500 in prize money earnings. She earned $3,500 in Beijing.

Atkinson will now head to Tokyo for the Oct. 28-29 where she will be joined by her longtime SOFLO coach Chris Anderson.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu continues to take center stage on the World Cup Series. She has won $215,000 in prize money, picking up $11,000 in Beijing. South African Chad Le Clos leads the men’s prize money list with $131,500.

Hosszu, who won seven events at the Beijing stop, made more history by surpassing Slovakian Martina Moravcova for the most World Cup event wins of all-time. Moravcova attended SMU and trained in Fort Lauderdale with the now-defunct FLST.

Moravcova retired with 105 wins and two overall series titles. Hosszu, at age 25, now has 110 wins.

Aussie Mitch Larkin broke the national record in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:48.69, breaking the previous mark of 1:49.62 set in 2009. Larkin swam career-bests in all three backstroke events.

In other final events:

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: Hungarian Gergley Gyurta, after finishing second in the 400-meter individual medley, won the distance event in 14:38.27.

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: Hosszu won her fifth gold medal of the meet in 4:25.66. Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel, making her World Cup debut, was fourth.

Women’s 100-meter freestyle: Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won in 52.72.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: South African Myles Brown won in 1:44.12 just ahead of German Paul Biedermann in 1:44.48.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Daniel Gyurta of Hungary won in 57.25.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: German Steffan Deibler won in 49.96, the only swimmer to break 50 seconds.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Hosszu won her sixth medal in 56.73, winning by more than a second.

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: China’s Jiayu Xu won in 23.29 ahead of Aussie Mitch Larkin and American Eugene Godsoe.

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: China’s Li Shuang won in 2:04.34 to top an impressive field that included Hosszu who finished fourth.

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: In an all-Asian field, Daiya Seto of Japan won in 1:54.21.

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: Teenager Cao Yue of China won in 4:00.72 upsetting world record holder Mireia Belmonte of Spain who finished in 4:01.08.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: South African Chad Le Clos won in 21.28. George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago finished out of the medal hunt placing fourth in 21.40.

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: Aussie Sally Hunter led from start to finish to win in 2:19.26.

Women’s 100-meter individual medley: Hosszu won her seventh and final medal of the night in 58.11 ahead of China’s Shiwen Ye in 58.36.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: Aussie Mitch Larkin won in 1:48.69.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: Dutch swimmer Inge Dekker won in 24.97 and Hosszu was eighth in 27.51.

Men’s 4×50-meter freestyle relay: China won in 1:31.69 ahead of Russia in 1:41.66.

This is the fifth leg of the tour that started in Doha and Dubai in August. The final two stops are Tokyo, Japan (Oct. 28-29) and Singapore (Nov. 1-2).

The Beijing meet attracted 300 swimmers from 32 countries. Swimmers race for $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. There is also a $10,000 bonus offered for a world record performance swim.

The stakes are high with $300,000 in prize money offered to the sixth highest ranked men and women swimmers. After the Singapore leg, the men’s and women’s World Cup winners will earn $100,000, second place $50,000 and third place $30,000.

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SOFLO’s Colon, Perez, Travieso, Mesa Win District 12-3A Titles; Terra, Belen Win Team Titles

By Sharon Robb

October 24, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers continued to dominate district competition Friday at the District 12-3A Swimming and Diving Championships in Miami.

Delanie Perez of Goleman was a double winner. She won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:20.74 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:11.95.

Vanessa Mesa of Mater Academy was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay along with SOFLO teammate Liz Travieso, winning in 2:01.75 and anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle relay again with Travieso to win in 3:51.24.

Mesa was also second in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.08 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:31.06.

Liz Travieso won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.86 and was third in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.47.

Jordon Colon of Mater Academy won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.68 and was second in the 100-yard breaststroke behind teammate Julio Horrego in 1:02.70.

Alfredo Mesa was a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay and Colon led off to win in 3:20.79. Mesa and Colon were also members of the runner-up 200-yard medley relay.

Mesa was third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.26 and fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.15.

“SOFLO high school swimmers are kicking the high school state series off smart and strong and achieving best times and advancing into regions without tech suits,” SOFLO coach Chris Anderson said.

Terra Institute of Miami won the girls team title with 478 points. Mater Academy was runner-up with 443.

Miami Belen Jesuit defended its title with 455 points. Terra Institute was second in 382 and Mater Academy was third with 322.


1. Terra Institute of Miami 478, 2. Mater Academy 443, 3. Mourning 300, 4. Hialeah American 235, 5. Goleman 111, 6. Hialeah-Miami Lakes 42.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Mater 2:01.75 (Liz Travieso, Dayme Delgado, Vanessa Mesa, Nataly Jimenez), 2. Hialeah American 2:06.09, 3. Terra Institute 2:13.65.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Maria Perez, HML 2:01.66, 2. Julia Talamo, TERR 2:02.82, 3. Nataly Jimenez, MA 2:13.35.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Delanie Perez, GOLE 2:20.74, 2. Loana Nardoni, MA 2:25.97, 3. Cristina Vale, TERR 2:35.99.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Omaira German, AMER 26.07, 2. Vanessa Mesa, MA 26.08, 3. Liz Travieso, MA 26.47.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Julia Talamo, TERR 1:02.08, 2. Omaira German, AER 1:02.26, 3. Ana Kondratovitch, MA 1:03.26.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Nataly Jimenez, MA 56.81, 2. Genesis Pabon, AMER 1:01.90, 3. Karen Perez, MA 1:02.36.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Maria Perez, HML 5:25.64, 2. Vanessa Mesa, MA 5:31.06, 3. Sofia Rodriguez, TERR 5:40.00.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Terra Institute 1:49.33 (Julia Talamo, Sofia Rodriguez, Catarina Vale, Cristina Vale), 2. Mater 1:54.36, 3. Hialeah American 1:56.34.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Liz Travieso, MA 1:04.86, 2. Ana Kondratovitch, MA 1:06.81, 3. Loana Nardoni, MA 1:08.28.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Delanie Perez, GOLE 1:11.95, 2. Cristina Vale, TERR 1:18.02, 3. Dayme Delgado, MA 1:22.45.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mater 3:51.24 (Nataly Jimenez, Loana Nardoni, Liz Travieso, Vanessa Mesa), 2. Terra Institute 4:07.30, 3. Mourning 4:28.85.


1. Miami Belen Jesuit 455, 2. Terra Institute 382, 3. Mater Academy 322, 4. Mourning 320, 5. Goleman 174, 6. Hialeah American 75, 7. Hialeah-Miami Lakes 54.


200-yard medley relay: 1. Belen 1:41.90 (Alejandro Carriazo, Bernardo Lima, Max Garcia-del Pozo, Daniel Simpson), 2. Mater 1:42.55 (Alfredo Mesa, Julio Horrego, Jose Llanio, Jordon Colon), 3. Mourning 1:56.22.

200-yard freestyle: 1. Jordan Colon, MA 1:47.68, 2. Miguel Basalo, BEL 1:50.25, 3. Alfredo Mesa, MA 1:51.26.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Julio Horrego, MA 2:02.41, 2. Bernardo Lima, BEL 2:06.46, 3. Michael Limia, BEL 2:07.94.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Antonio Perez, HML 22.46, 2. Daniel Simpson, BEL 23.35, 3. Brian Nguyen, TERR 24.04; SOFLO: 11. Bryan Moran, HML 26.02; SOFLO: 11. Bryan Moran, HML 26.02.

1-meter diving: 1. Javier Saumell, BEL 291.25, 2. Jonathan Rub, MOU 256.30.

100-yard butterfly: 1. Alejandro Carriazo, BEL 51.87, 2. Antonio Perez, HML 53.20, 3. Max Garcia-del Pozo, BEL 53.48; SOFLO: 4. Alfredo Mesa, MA 56.15.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Christian Fowler, BEL 52.46, 2. Brian Nguyen, TERR 54.12, 3. Maurizio Pascual, TERR 54.45.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Miguel Basalo, BEL 4:50.52, 2. Rafael Mora, AMER 5:02.36, 3. David Llanio, MA 5:14.34.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Belen 1:35.66, 2. Terra 1:39.90, 3. Mourning 1:44.85.

100-yard backstroke: 1. Alejandro Carriazo, BEL 54.71, 2. Osmel Cereijo, MA 1:01.29, 3. Hugo Marin, BEL 1:02.63.

100-yard breaststroke: 1. Julio Horrego, MA 1:00.30, 2. Jordan Colon, MA 1:02.70, 3. Bernardo Lima, BEL 1:02.79.

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Mater 3:20.79 (Jordan Colon, Alfredo Mesa, Jose Llanio, Julio Horrego), 2. Belen 3:21.17, 3. Terra 3:41.24.

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