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.

SATURDAY RESULTS

WOMEN

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.

MEN

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.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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