By Sharon Robb

December 2, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented when the three-day AT&T Winter National Championships begin Thursday at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

SOFLO’s U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue, two-time Olympian and national record holder Carolina Colorado of Colombia and Kile Aukerman will represent SOFLO.

Donahue will compete in the 50-meter freestyle on Thursday and 100-meter butterfly on Friday.

Colorado will compete in four events. She will swim the 50-meter freestyle on Thursday; 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter backstroke on Friday; and 200-meter backstroke on Saturday.

Aukerman competes in the 200-meter individual medley on Thursday; 100-meter breaststroke on Friday and 200-meter breaststroke on Saturday.

The meet features most of the top names in U.S. Swimming including Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Nathan Adrian, Simone Manuel, Allison Schmitt, Matt Grevers, and Conor Dwyer.

The international field is just as impressive with Aussie Grant Hackett, Canadians Santo Condorelli, Ryan Cochrane and Emily Overholt, Russian Yulia Efimova and Arkady Vyatchanin of Serbia.

The meet is a FINA-approved competition where swimmers can achieve qualifying times for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

SOFLO’s three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson originally scheduled to compete has scratched from the meet.

Thursday’s events are the 400-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter freestyle.

The meet will be broadcast on NBC Universal. Check local listings for times in your area. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Pacific Time. The meet will also be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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