SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes Bronze; Rojas Competes In Final Event Saturday At FINA Short Course World Championships

By Sharon Robb

December 9, 2016—Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club settled for a bronze medal in the 100-meter individual medley behind Katinka Hosszu and Emily Seebohm Friday at the 13th FINA Short Course World Championships at WFCU Centre in Windsor Ontario, Canada.

The Jamaican Olympian finished in 58.04. Hosszu of Hungary won in 57.14 and Seebohm of Australia in 57.97.

Atkinson, who has yet to win a gold medal, also qualified third in the 100-meter breaststroke semifinals behind Americans Lilly King and Molly Hannis in 1:04.72.

SOFLO teammate Marc Rojas, making his international debut for the Dominican Republic, will compete in his final event on Saturday in the 50-meter breaststroke.

In other events:

Men’s 200-meter freestyle relay: Russia knocked off the U.S. team led by Tom Shields to win in 1:24.32-1:24.47. Both teams were fourth and fifth at the final turn.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen won in 24.92 ahead of American Kelsi Worrell in 25.27.

Men’s 100-meter individual medley: American Michael Andrew won his first world gold medal in 51.84. Japan’s Daiya Seto was second in 52.01.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly semifinals: American Tom Shields earned the top seed in the semifinals in 22.38 ahead of South African Chad Le Clos in 22.42 and American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago in 22.53.

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: American Leah Smith won easily in 3:57.78. Hosszu was fourth in 3:59.89.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: The Netherlands’ Jesse Puts won his first world gold in a shocker in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.10. Russian Vlad Morozov was second in 21.14.

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: Japan’s Junya Koga won the 50-meter backstroke in 22.85. FSU alum Pavel Sankovich of Belarus was third in 23.03.

Men’s 800-meter freestyle relay: Russia again knocked off the U.S. for another relay gold in 6:52.10-6:53.34.

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