SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes Gold On Day One Of FINA/Airweave World Cup Series In Chartres, France

By Sharon Robb

August 15, 2015—Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson won a gold medal on the opening day of the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series second stop at the L’Odyssee Complex in Chartres, France.

Atkinson, 26, of South Florida Aquatic Club, making her FINA World Cup Series debut, won the 100-meter breaststroke, her signature event, in 1:07.03, a second off her fourth-ranked season-best of 1:06.21 at world championships.

Americans Katie Meili took silver in 1:07.30 and Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg took bronze in 1:07.49.

Atkinson had the second fastest prelim time in 1:07.99 behind Meili in 1:07.86. Margalis had the fourth fastest in 1:09.27.

Atkinson, the Jamaican national record holder is coming off her silver and bronze medal performances at the recent XVI FINA World Aquatic Championships. She pocketed $1,500 for first place.

SOFLO’s Claire Donahue was fifth in the 100-meter butterfly in 59.20 after taking the second seed in prelims in 59.12.

Frenchwoman Beryl Gastaldello, a sophomore at Texas A&M, lowered her own national record in the 50-meter backstroke in 28.01. Her previous record was 28.02. With great front-end speed, American Natalie Coughlin won the event in 27.65.

American Josh Schneider swam a lifetime-best 48.91 to take silver in the 100-meter freestyle. It was the first time he was under 49 seconds with a time drop of almost .5.

Ryan Lochte, entered in several events before the meet, did not swim.

Swimmers are competing for $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third in addition to a $10,000 bonus check for a world record performance. A prize purse of $92,000 is being offered at each FINA stop.

The FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup comprises eight legs distributed over three clusters with eight different events held separately in Moscow, Paris-Chartres, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo, Doha and Dubai. The event has attracted 250 swimmers in 32 events.

The final leg of the first cluster concludes on Sunday in Chartres.



200-meter freestyle: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 1:56.06, 2. Missy Franklin, USA 1:57.28, 3. Charlotte Bonnet, France 1:58.28.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, South Florida Aquatic Club 1:07.03, 2. Katie Meili, USA 1:07.30, 3. Melanie Margalis, St. Petersburg 1:07.49.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Madeline Groves, Australia 57.98, 2. Brianna Throssell, Australia 58.21, 3. Marie Wattel, France 58.63; FLORIDA: 5. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 59.20.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Natalie Coughlin, USA 27.65, 2. Emily Seebohm, Australia 27.74, 3. Beryl Gastaldello, France 28.01; FLORIDA: 8. Carolina Colorado, Colombia/SOFLO 29.94.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 2:10.19, 2. Zsuzsanna Jakabos, Hungary 2:10.82, 3. Lisa Zaiser, Austroa 2:12.59; FLORIDA: 4. Vien Nguyen, Vietnam/St. Augustine 2:14.01.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Anna Santamans, France 24.78, 2. Natalie Coughlin, USA 24.83, 3. KAtinka Hosszu, Hungary 25.51.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Daria Ustinova, Russia 2:07.43, 2. Emily Seebohm, Australia 2:08.78, 3. Missy Franklin, USA 2:09.25; FLORIDA: 6. Carolina Colorado, Colombia/SOFLO 2:16.03.

800-meter freestyle: 1. Lauren Boyle, New Zealand 8:26.46, 2. Bingjie Li 8:30.09, 3. Lindsay Vrooman, USA 8:30.16.


100-meter freestyle: 1. Medhy Metella, France 48.69, 2. Josh Schneider, USA 48.91, 3. Jeremy Stravius, France 48.93

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Cameron van Der Burgh, South Africa 26.74, 2. Brendan McHugh, USA 27.61, 3. Renato Prono Fernandez, Paraguay 27.76.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Camille Lacourt, France 53.39, 2. Ashley Delaney, Australia 54.25, 3. Wen Quah Zheng, Singapore 54.34; FLORIDA: 5. Pavel Sankovich, Belarus/FSU 54.96.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Chad Le Clos, South Africa 1:54.18, 2. Jordan Coelho, France 1:57.58, 3. David Morgan, Australia 1:58.93.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Jan Micka, Czechoslavakia 3:50.54, 2. Devon Brown, South Africa 3;50.67, 3. David Brandl, Austria 3:51.15.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Nicolas Fink, USA 2:08.89, 2. Cody Miller, USA 2:10.04, 3. Kazuki Kohinata, Japan 2:10.58.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Chad Le Clos, South Africa 23.23, 2. Timothy Phillips, USA 23.42, 3. Jayden Hadler, Australia 23.66; FLORIDA: 18. Pavel Sankovich, Belarus/FSU 24.64.

400-meter individual medley: 1. David Verraszto, Hungary 4:27.05, 2. Benjamin Doyle, Ireland 4:31.61, 3. Mohammed Al Ghaferi, United Arab Emirates 5:25.69.

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