By Sharon Robb
September 23, 2015—With more star swimmers entering the upcoming cluster of the FINA/Airweave World Cup, competition will be tougher when competition resumes on Friday in Hong Kong.
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson and Carolina Colorado head the Florida contingent. Atkinson, a three-time Jamaican Olympian and Colorado, a two-time Colombian Olympian, will compete in their specialty events.
SOFLO coach Chris Anderson stressed his swimmers are training through all the meets from his PROFLO swimmers to Florida Gold Coast club swimmers.
The second cluster of the 2015 FINA/Airweave World Cup is Sept. 25-26 in Hong Kong, Sept. 29-30 in Beijing and Oct. 3-4 in Singapore where Atkinson, Colorado and Anderson will remain to participate in an Oct. 5-10 training camp with Swimming Singapore national team high performance coach and former Bolles coach Sergio Lopez.
Atkinson has been riding a wave of success since she tied the world short course record and won a gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke.
Atkinson is ranked fourth in the world in her signature event in 1:06.21. She won a silver and bronze in the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke events respectively at the world championships.
Olympian Missy Franklin and Aussie world champions Emily Seebohm and Bronte Campbell will add to the already strong women’s field led by Hungary’s Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu.
Colorado is working her way back after illness and has been training well with the SOPRO group. She will be tested in the backstroke with Hosszu and Franklin.
The men’s field will feature Frenchman Olympic gold medalist Florent Manaudou and Cameron Van Der Burgh of South Africa.
Most of the swimmers are coming off the FINA World Long Course Championships in Kazan, Russia.
The full eight-leg World Cup is being held in long course leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Several international swimmers are trying to get Olympic qualifying times.
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