By Sharon Robb
NAPLES, Italy, September 23, 2021–London Roar’s Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club won on opening day of the ISL’s Match Nine Thursday at Piscina Felice Scandone.
The five-time Jamaican Olympian won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.48 and picked up 19 points for her team. Atkinson holds the world short course record in the event (28.56). Benedetta Pilato of Energy Standard was second in 30.13 among a lackluster field.
Atkinson was also a member of the winning 4×100-meter medley relay that won in 3:48.58 with teammates Kira Toussaint, Emma McKeon and Freya Anderson.
London won the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:06.50 with American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago swimming second leg. He also anchored London’s second place men’s 4×100-meter medley relay (3:22.93).
During the match, Evgeniia Chikunova, 16, of Energy Standard set a world junior record in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:17.57. She bettered her old record of 2:17.71 set in 2019 by 0.14 seconds.
It is the second consecutive International Swimming League head-to-head match for Energy Standard and the London Roar, two of the top teams in the league since its inception.
After opening day action, Energy Standard leads with 300.5 points followed by London, 227, DC Trident, 193 and Toronto Titans, 185.5.
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