SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes Silver On Day One Of FINA Champions Swim Series, Pockets $8,000


By Sharon Robb

BEIJING, China, January 18, 2020—Alia Atkinson, leading for most of the race, was out-touched by American Molly Hannis on Day One of the FINA Champions Swim Series 2020 on Saturday.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s four-time Jamaican Olympian was leading the 50-meter breaststroke when Hannis made up ground in the final 10 meters to win in 30.34. Hannis won $10,000.

Atkinson was second in 30.44, winning $8,000. Atkinson has now won $20,000 in two meets. She won $12,000 for two third places in Shenzhen.

Italian Maria Carraro was third in 30.79 pocketing $6,000. Carraro was also third in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.80.

China won five gold medals including three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:45.55.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.95. She was fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.20. Hosszu, 30, was recently named Hungary Sportswoman of the Year for a record seventh time. Hosszu accepted her award via a recorded message since she is in China this week competing at the FINA Champions Series.

Hosszu is the leading money winner so far on the FINA Champions Swim Series with $43,000 after the two-day opener in Shenzhen.

The two-day meet continues on Sunday. Atkinson will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke, seeded in 1:07.76. Only four swimmers are in each event.

ELSEWHERE

Track superstars Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Tajay Gayle were named RJRGleaner Sports Foundation Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year at a gala ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston Friday night. Atkinson was among six other nominees. Shericka Jackson was women’s runnerup.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jordan Evans Sweeps Events At Sunrise Sizzler


By Sharon Robb

SUNRISE, January 18, 2020—Jordan Evans of South Florida Aquatic Club dominated the girls’ competition Saturday in the Sunrise 8-and-under Sizzler at Sunrise Civic Center.

Evans, 8, won all four of her individual events and turned in three lifetime best times in the 25-yard backstroke, 25-yard breaststroke and 25-yard freestyle.

Evans won the 25-yard butterfly in 18.95, 25-yard backstroke in 19.04, 25-yard breaststroke in 20.33 and 25-yard freestyle in 15.93.

Christie Ann Lumsden, 7, had one third, two fourths and one sixth place. Her highest finish was third in the 25-yard breaststroke in a best time 23.19.

SOFLO’s boys top finishers were Matthew Ortiz, Alessandro Suarez Cabrera and Toma Petkov.

Ortiz, 8, was second in the 25-yard backstroke in a best time 21.12, second in the 25-yard freestyle in a best time 16.96 and third in the 25-yard butterfly in 18.82.

Suarez Cabrera, 8, was second in the 25-yard breaststroke in a best time 24.25

Petkov, 7, was third in the 25-yard breaststroke in 25.85 and fourth in the 25-yard butterfly in a best time 21.20.

SOFLO also swept the boys and girls 8-and-under 100-yard freestyle relays topping Coral Springs Swim Club and Sunrise Swimming.

SOFLO had nine swimmers (five boys and four goals) compete in 36 individual events and two relays.

SATURDAY RESULTS
GIRLS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Avry Thorpe, CSSC 28.88, 2. Kylie Cheatum, SUN 30.12, 3. Isabella Heraghty, SFTL 30.50; 7-8, 1. Jordan Evans, SOFLO 18.95, 2. Emma Ellis, SUN 19.26, 3. Grace Weeks, CSSC 19.77; SOFLO: 4. Christie Ann Lumsden 20.65, time drop, 7. Hayeon Song 22.01, time drop, 16. Gabriela Ekht 29.75.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Kylie Cheatum, SUN 26.54, 2. Avry Thorpe, SSC 26.82, 3. Audrey Teas, PCS 29.75; 7-8, 1. Jordan Evans, SOFLO 19.04, time drop, 2. Grace Weeks, CSSC 21.06, 3. Emma Ellis, SUN 21.11; SOFLO: 6. Christie Ann Lumsden 22.24, time drop, 7. Hayen Song 23.09, 9. Gabriela Ekht 24.06, time drop.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Audrey Teas, PCS 31.23, 2. Avry Thorpe, CSSC 31.77, 3. Kylie Cheatum, SUN 34.93; 7-8, 1. Jordan Evans, SOFLO 20.33, time drop, 2. Addison Scott, SF 22.48, 3. Christie Ann Lumsden, SOFLO 23.19, time drop; SOFLO: 7. Hayeon Song 26.79, 17. Gabriela Ekht 32.05.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Avry Thorpe, CSSC 21.38, 2. Kylie Cheatum, SUN 23.37, 3. Isabella Heraghty, SFTL 25.88; 7-8, 1. Jordan Evans, SOFLO 15.93, time drop, 2. Jameela Rashad, CSSC 17.03, 3. Emma Ellis, SUN 17.56; SOFLO: 4. Christie Ann Lumsden 18.32, time drop, 6. Hayeon Song 18.83, 14. Gabriela Ekht 22.32.

100-yard freestyle relay:
8-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 1:12.96, 2. Coral Springs Swim Club 1:20.48, 3. Sunrise Swimming 1:23.07.

BOYS

25-yard butterfly:
6-and-under, 1. Guy Soto, CCPR 19.82, 2. Ryan Johnson, SUN 22.08, 3. Calum Bass, SFTL 25.88; 7-8, 1. Luca Pichardo, CCPR 18.69, 2. Daniel Gil-Restrepo, CSSC 18.70, 3. Matthew Ortiz, SOFLO 18.82; SOFLO: 4. Toma Petkov 21.20, time drop, 11. Alessandro Suarez Cabrera 25.97, time drop, 13. Luis Escobar 26.12, time drop, 19. David Gonzalez 28.98, time drop.

25-yard backstroke:
6-and-under, 1. Ryan Johnson, SUN 23.86, 2. Calum Bass, SFTL 23.99, 3. Matias Tiani, CSSC 24.99; 7-8, 1. Luca Pichardo, CCPR 20.64, 2. Matthew Ortiz, SOFLO 21.12, time drop, 3. Daniel Gil-Restrepo, CSSC 22.34; SOFLO: 6. David Gonzalez 23.66, time drop, 10. Toma Petkov 24.70, time drop, 12. Luis Escobar 25.19, time drop, 19. Alessandro Suarez Cabrera 26.61, time drop.

25-yard breaststroke:
6-and-under, 1. Guy Soto, CCPR 28.14, 2. Ryan Johnson, SUN 29.62, 3. Calum Bass, SFTL 29.79; 7-8, 1. Luca Pichardo, CCPR 22.73, 2. Alessandro Suarez Cabrera, SOFLO 24.25, time drop, 3. Toma Petkov, SOFLO 25.85; SOFLO: 4. Luis Escobar 25.97, time drop, 10. Matthew Ortiz 27.24, 14. David Gonzalez 28.89, time drop.

25-yard freestyle:
6-and-under, 1. Ryan Johnson, SUN 18.29, 2. Calum Bass, SFTL 22.11, 3. Michael Tiani, CSSC 22.84; 7-8, 1. Luca Pichardo, CCPR 16.64, 2. Matthew Ortiz, SOFLO 16.96, tme drop, 3. Daniel Gil-Restrepo, CSSC 17.02; SOFLO: 6. David Gonzalez 19.43, time drop, 9. Toma Petkov 19.81, time drop, 13. Alessandro Suarez Cabrera 21.00, 15. Luis Escobar 21.39, time drop.

100-yard freestyle relay:
8-and-under, 1. SOFLO A 1:16.20, 2. Coral Springs Swim Club A 1:20.10, 3. Coral Springs Swim Club B 1:28.77.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com