SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Gold On Day Two Of FINA Swimming World Cup

By Sharon Robb

SINGAPORE, August 16, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson held off a surging American Breeja Larson to win the 100-meter breaststroke Friday on Day Two of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian won her signature event in 1:07.35 ahead of Larson in 1:07.55. Atkinson was slower than last week’s 1:07.0 in China. Both are Texas A&M alums and NCAA champions.

She was seeded second after prelims behind top seed Larson, 1:07.53-1:09.19.

Atkinson is already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 100 breaststroke. She qualified by .01. The qualifying standard is 1:07.06.

Russian Vladimir Morozov broke two world records in the 50-meter backstroke in 24.40 that would have won gold at the FINA World Championships and 100-meter freestyle in 47.88

Atkinson competes Saturday in the 50-meter breaststroke on the third and final day and third and final leg of the opening series cluster. A total of $314,000 in bonuses is available as the cluster ends in Singapore. Atkinson is fifth in the point standings with 36.

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That’s A Wrap: SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Adds To Medal Haul With Silver At Open Water Swim

By Sharon Robb

CHENGDU, China, August 16, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Jennifer Martin officially ended the 18th Chengdu 2019 World Police and Fire Games with one more medal.

Martin took a silver medal at the Aug. 15th 2-mile open water swim. She finished with five gold medals, four silver medals and two world records in her international swimming debut.

The City of Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant swam five individual events and four relays over three days at the Tian Fu Sports Area pool.

“Thank you Chengdu for the most amazing experience,” Martin wrote on her Facebook page. “As much as I did, no where near enough time; so many other things I wanted to see. Time to start making my way home with a few days in Beijing to visit the Great Wall and Forbidden City. And for those who were curious…I did get stopped by security, they had to check my bag of medals.”

Martin was sponsored by the Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association). Toyota of North Miami and several family members and friends also donated to her Blue To Chengdu Go Fund Me.

The World Police and Fire Games is a worldwide sporting event held every two years with more than 10,000 attendees. The games are an Olympic-style competition of policemen and firefighters from 70 countries across the world who compete in 60 sports.

Participants are police officers and firefighters from correction, probation, border protection, immigration, and customs from any country in the world.

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SOFLO Hosts First Meet After Summer Break On Saturday

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, August 16, 2019–Back to work.

South Florida Aquatic Club will host the SOFLO & TYR Back To School Developmental Meet Saturday at Academic Village Pool.

SOFLO and Midtown Weston Aquatics swimmers will shake off the rust and get in a little racing.

SOFLO has entered 64 swimmers (38 boys, 26 girls) in 242 individual events and three relays.

Age groups competing are 6-and-under, 7-8 and 9-14. The events are 25, 50 and 100-yards in distance. The meet is also for those 14-and-under swimmers who do not have a “B” time in their selected events.

Among SOFLO swimmers competing are Jemma Baldwin, 8; Sarah Bedoya, 11; Pilar Duranti, 11; Hashan Ekanayake, 12; Marvan Ekanayakem 12; Alessandra Gendarmi, 10; Luca Hincapie, 13; Benjamin Kim, 12; Leah Pando, 13; and Francesca Perry, 9;

The meet begins 10 a.m. Warm-up is 9 a.m. Events are timed finals.


What: SOFLO & TYR Back To School Developmental Meet

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. Warm-up is 9 a.m.

Where: Academic Village Swimming Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

Of note: The meet is hosted by South Florida Aquatic Club and Comets Swim Team Booster Club…All events are timed finals…There is no gate admission. Heat sheets are free on Meet Mobile or online at…For more information, call 954-538-3721.

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