By Sharon Robb
January 16, 2016—South Florida Aquatic Club will wind up its racing on the third and final day of the Arena Pro Swim Series Sunday at University of Texas Lee & Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.
Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson will swim the 100-meter breaststroke, her signature event, and 200-meter individual medley.
Atkinson, 27, was SOFLO’s highest finisher, placing 28th overall in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02.54, fourth in the “D” final.
Kile Aukerman, 22, will also compete in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley. Aukerman scratched from the 400 individual medley.
Bermuda national champion Lisa Blackburn is entered in the 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley.
Two-time Colombian Carolina Colorado will race the 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley.
2012 U.S. Olympian Claire Donahue will wind up with the 200-meter butterfly.
Kathleen Golding will swim the 200-meter individual medley which she has a U.S. Olympic Trial cut time in.
South Florida Aquatic Club also has three officials working the meet including starter Hector Acevedo, chief judges Allan Golding and Steve Swanson. Even more impressive is that Acevedo and Swanson are there working the meet even though their children are not competing.
In other championship finals:
Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, 26, won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:36.27 ahead of Becca Mann, 18, in 4:39.03.
Ryan Lochte, 31, of Daytona Beach and SwimMAC won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:12.66, eighth fastest time in the world. “It hurt, the 400 IM is never easy,” Lochte said. “I haven’t swum it in a long time so it was good to get it under my belt. I just wanted to get up on the blocks for the racing.”
Reigning world champion Katie Ledecky, 18, of Nation’s Capital won the 200-meter freestyle in a best time 1:54.43, missing the record by 3/100ths of a second. “I just wanted to put together a good swim all-around,” Ledecky said. “I have been able to focus on the 200 races this year and I think it’s paying off.”
Stanford’s Maya DiRado won the 200-meter backstroke against a stacked field. “I couldn’t see anybody being in Lane 7. I just tried to keep my rate up and swim home. It was nice to have a 200 backstroke win with Katinka and Missy in the race. This is encouraging and motivating to be in a race like that and come out with a win.”
Bolles alum Ryan Murphy, 20, swimming unattached, won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:55.99. “My fitness is really good after coming off altitude training. I am just trying to nail down a race strategy at this point and see what works best for me. Tonight hurt more than the morning.”
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrum, coming off the 200 freestyle, led from the start to win the 50-meter freestyle by a half-body length in 24.17. “It felt very good all the way,” she said. “My start was very good but I was still surprised at my time.”
Californian Nathan Adrian, 27, won the 50-meter freestyle in 21.85, the only swimmer to crack 22 seconds.
Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Central Standard Time.
The meet is being televised on same-day delay on Universal HD Sunday from 9:30-11 p.m. EST. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream the finals. A live webcast of both the prelims and finals will be at the usaswimming.org website.
Austin is the second stop in the seven-meet series. The series offers $350,000 in prize money. Each meet winner earns $1000, runners-up $600 and third place $200. A $10,000 bonus will be awarded to the overall male and female series winners. Ledecky and Conor Dwyer lead the series after the first meet.
200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Nation’s Capital 1:54.43, 2. Sarah Sjostrum, Sweden 1:56.14, 3. Missy Franklin, Colorado Stars 1:57.49; SOFLO: 28. Alia Atkinson 2:02.54.
200-meter backstroke: 1. Maya DiRado, Stanford 2:08.19, 2. Katinla Hosszu, Hungary 2:08.63, 4. Missy Franklin, Colorado Stars 2:09.21; SOFLO: 37. Carolina Colorado 2:18.62.
50-meter freestyle: 1. Sarah Sjostrum, Sweden 24.17, 2. Madison Kennedy, SwimMAC 24.72, 3. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, SwimMAC 24.84; SOFLO: 67. Claire Donahue 27.03, 77. Carolina Colorado 27.33.
400-meter individual medley: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 4:36.27, 2. Becca Mann, North Baltimore 4:39.03, 3. Sarah Henry, Aggie Swim Club 4:40.92; SOFLO: 40. Kathleen Golding 5:01.06.
200-meter freestyle: 1. Jeremy Stravius, France 1:47.56, 2. Townley Haas, Texas 1:48.35, 3. Jordan Pothain, France 1:48.62.
200-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, Unattached 1:55.99, 2. Arkady Vyatchanin, NY Athletic Club 1:57.51, 3. Jacob Pebley, Unattached 1:58.52.
50-meter freestyle: 1. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 21.85, 2. Bruno Fratus, Brazil 22.07, 3. Jimmy Feigen, NY Athletic Club 22.27.
400-meter individual medley: 1. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 4:12.66, 2. Chase Kalisz, North Baltimore 4:14.64, 3. Josh Prenot, Unattached 4:15.07.
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