By Sharon Robb
BUDAPEST, Hungary, November 7, 2020–For the second day in a row, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson had two more showdowns with Lilly King.
The four-time Jamaican Olympian, one of the top swimmers for the London Road in the second-year International Swimming League, finished second to Lilly King of the Cali Condors in a close race, 1:03.39-1:03.53.
Atkinson was also second to King in the 50-meter breaststroke the day before.
Atkinson was first to the wall at the 50-meter mark by 1/10th of second. She still looked strong at the 75-meter mark but King surged down the backstretch to out-touch Atkinson. King’s best ISL time is 1:03.00.
King, 23, entered the day 6-for-6 this season in all three breaststroke distances. King made it 9-for-9 sweeping the three events. Her three wins in the Skins showdown, including a 29.04 to win, improved her record to 30 wins in 30 ISL events.
Before Atkinson swam King in the skins final, Atkinson knocked off Americans Molly Hannis and London teammate Annie Lazor in the early rounds.
After two days of racing, Cali Condors grabbed the lead with 507, followed by London Roar, 491.5, Tokyo Frog Kings, 419 and NY Breakers, 296.5.
Atkinson and London Roar return to the pool on Monday.
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