SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Another Gold In FINA World Cup First Leg Finale


By Sharon Robb

SINGAPORE, August 17, 2019–Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club added another gold medal on the third and final stop of the opening cluster of the FINA World Cup Swimming Cup.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian won the 50-meter breaststroke in a season-best 30.31 which moves her up to fifth in the world. She also won the 100 breaststroke on the same stop in 1:07.35. American Breeja Larson was second in 30.98.

The 30-year-old Atkinson swam faster than her fourth place time in the event at the FINA World Championships last month.

Atkinson finished seventh in point standings with 60 points. Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and Russian Vladimir Morozov each finished with 156 points.

Hosszu and Morozov were crowned Asian cluster champions. In addition to winning $1,500 each for her three wins in Singapore, the 30-year-old also earned $50,000 bonus for being the cluster champion.

Morozov, 27, won $1,500 each for his nine gold medals across three stops and $50,000 in bonus money.

“It feels amazing, words can’t really describe it,” Morozov said. “That was the plan the whole way, to lead with the first cluster and clinch that win. It wasn’t easy.

“It’ll probably get more difficult (as the series progresses) because a lot of athletes are taking a break now after the world championships, so there’s probably going to be a bit more competition at the European stops. But that’s good, it means we’ll go faster.”

The seven-leg World Cup resumes on October 4-6 in Budapest, Hungary. All legs of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 act as qualifying events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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

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.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Second Gold, Third Overall On FINA Swimming World Cup Tour


By Sharon Robb

JINAN, China, August 10, 2019–Alia Atkinson won her second gold medal on the second stop of the FINA Swimming World Cup.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.92 on the third and final day of the meet.

“It was good,” Atkinson said. “Although it was slower than I wanted, but I think it’s because I am tired after the three days of competition.”

Atkinson also won the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday in 1:07.06. She won the 50-meter breaststroke on the opening leg after a slow start in her other events. Each gold medal is awarded $1,500 in prize money.

“We are going to Singapore [the third leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup], but not sure yet about Budapest,” Atkinson said. “The Tokyo Games will be my fifth Olympic Games, and right now I need to get faster every time I swim to prepare for it.”

Seven World Cup records were set in Jinan, just two weeks after the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea.

Jinan is the second leg of the 2019 FINA Swimming World Cup which includes seven legs. The next leg will be held in Singapore from August 15 to 17.

RESULTS

50m free: Men – Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 21.50; Women – Cate Campbell (AUS) 24.16

100m free: Men – Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 47.99 WC; Women – Cate Campbell (AUS) 52.34 WC

200m free: Men – Danas Rapsys (LTU) 1:45.07 WC; Women – Hou Yawen (CHN) 1:58.98

400m free: Men – Danas Rapsys (LTU) 3:43.91 WC; Women – Erica Sullivan (USA) 4:08.70

800m free: Women – Erica Sullivan (USA) 8:26.13

1500m free: Men – Ji Xinjie (CHN) 15:16.15

50m back: Men – Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 24.43 WC; Women – Liu Xiang (CHN) 27.35 WC

100m back: Men – Mitch Larkin (AUS) 53.79; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 59.65

200m back: Men – Mitch Larkin (AUS) 1:56.39; Women – Emily Seebohm (AUS) 2:09.56

50m breast: Men –Yan Zibei (CHN) 27.12; Women – Alia Atkinson (JAM) 30.92

100m breast: Men – Yan Zibei (CHN) 59.08; Women – Alia Atkinson (JAM) 1:07.06

200m breast: Men – Andrew Wilson (USA) 2:08.24; Women – Vitalina Simonova (RUS) 2:24.52

50m fly: Men – Szebasztian Szabo (HUN) 22.93; Women – Cate Campbell (AUS) 25.63

100m fly: Men – Szebasztian Szabo (HUN) 51.45; Women – Zhang Yufei (CHN) 57.41

200m fly: Men – Grant Irvine (AUS) 1:55.94; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:07.26

200m IM: Men – Mitch Larkin (AUS) 1:57.26; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:09.41

400m IM: Men – Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) 4:20.50; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 4:36.99

4x50m free mixed: Australia 3:26.61

4x50m medley mixed: China 3:43.79 WC

2019 Calendar

1. Tokyo (JPN) – August 2-4
2. Jinan (CHN) – August 8-10
3. Singapore (SGP) – August 15-17
4. Budapest (HUN) – October 4-6
5. Berlin (GER) – October 11-13
6. Kazan (RUS) – November 1-3
7. Doha (QAT) – November 7-9

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

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


By Sharon Robb

JINAN, China, August 9, 2019—After missing out on a medal on opening day, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson came back to win a gold medal Friday at the FINA Swimming World Cup.

The Jamaican four-time Olympian won the 100-meter breaststroke, her signature event, in a season-best 1:07.06. She won by nearly a full second against a less than stellar field. She went faster than her World Championships time of 1:07.1 when she was 11th in Gwangju.

Atkinson, now ranked 20th in the world, is going after her fifth Olympic berth if she can get the qualifying standard.

She now has won two gold medals on two World Cup stops and pocketed $3,000. Atkinson has the 50-meter breaststroke on Saturday.

Atkinson is not competing in the Pan American Games which are currently under way in Lima, Peru.

Other winners were:

Russian Vladimir Morozov won the 100-meter freestyle with a World Cup record 57.99. He also tied his own meet record in the 50-meter backstroke in 24.43.

Aussie Mitch Larkin outraced China’s Qin Haiyang to win the 200-meter individual medley in 1:57.26-1:57.34.

China’s Ji Xinjie won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:16.15.

Hou Yawen of China won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:58.98.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the 100-meter backstroke in 59.65. Aussie Emily Seebohm was second in 59.76.

China’s Yan Zibei won the men’s 50-meter breaststroke in 27.12.

Aussie Cate Campbell won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.63.

Aussie Grant Irvine won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:55.94.

The second leg of the 2019 FINA Swimming World Cup runs from Aug. 8-10.

FRIDAY RESULTS
MEN

50 m Freestyle: 1. Vladimir Morozov (RUS), 21.50; 2. Michael Andrew (USA), 22.16; 3. Hexin Yu (CHN), 22.31. Also: 5. Blake Pieroni (USA), 22.39.

100 m Free: 1. Morozov (RUS), 47.99; 2. Pieroni (USA), 48.15; 3. Szebasztian Szabo (HUN), 48.63.

400 m Free: 1. Danas Rapsys (LTU), 3:43.91; 2. Xinjie Ji (CHN), 3:49.87; 3. Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS), 3:54.20. Also: 5. Brennan Gravely (USA), 3:59.13.

1,500 m Free: 1. Xinjie Ji (CHN), 15:16.15; 2. Rui Meng (CHN), 15:17.85; 3. Gravely (USA), 15:22.96.

50 m Backstroke: 1. Morozov (RUS), 24.43; 2. Andrew (USA), 24.85; 3. Jiayu Xu (CHN), 25.25.

200 m Back: 1. Mitch Larkin (AUS), 1:56.39; 2. Tristan Hollard (AUS), 1:57.94; 3. Jiayu Xu (CHN), 1:59.59.

50 m Breaststroke: 1. Zibei Yan (CHN), 27.12; 2. Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA), 27.18; 3. Andrew (USA), 27.45.

100 m Breast: 1. Z. Yan (CHN), 59.08; 2. tie, Lizhuo Wang (CHN) and Andrew Wilson (USA), 59.56.

100 m Butterfly: 1. Szabo (HUN), 51.45; 2. Grant Irvine (AUS), 51.60; 3. Santo Condorelli (ITA), 52.00. Also: 4. Andrew (USA), 52.08.

200 m Fly: 1. Irvine (AUS), 1:55.94; 2. Nic Brown (AUS), 1:57.32; 3. Wilrich Coetzee (NZL), 2:00.14.

200 m Medley: 1. Larkin (AUS), 1:57.26; 2. Haiyang Qin (CHN), 1:57.34; 3. Fraser-Holmes (AUS), 2:00.29.

WOMEN
50 m Freestyle: 1. Cate Campbell (AUS), 24.16; 2. Michelle Coleman (SWE), 24.74; 3. Holly Barratt (AUS), 24.91.

200 m Free: 1. Yawen Hou (CHN), 1:58,98; 2. Coleman (SWE), 1:59.07; 3. Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN), 1:59.28.

400 m Free: 1. Erica Sullivan (USA), 4:08.70; 2. Wenxin Bi (CHN), 4:10.23; 3. Jie Dong (CHN), 4:11.32.

50 m Backstroke: 1. Xiang Liu (CHN), 27.35; 2. Jie Chen (CHN), 27.88; 3. Emily Seebohm (AUS), 27.99.

100 m Back: 1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 59.65; 2. Emily Seebohm (AUS), 59.76; 3. Jie Chen (CHN), 1:00.74.

100 m Breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson (JAM), 1:07.06; 2. Vitalina Simonova (RUS), 1:08.03; 3. Jingyao Yu (CHN), 1:08.07.

200 m Breast: 1. Simonova (RUS), 2:24.52; 2. Jingyao Yu (CHN), 2:27.51; 3. Yun He (CHN), 2:28.13.

50 m Butterfly: 1. C. Campbell (AUS), 25.63; 2. Barratt (AUS), 25.66; 3. Jeanette Ottesen (DEN), 25.86.

200 m Fly: 1. Hosszu (HUN), 2:07.26; 2. Szuszsanna Jakabos (HUN), 2:07.75; 3. Yufei Zhang (CHN), 2:08.89.

400 m Medley: 1. Hosszu (HUN), 4:36.99; 2. Jakabos (HUN), 4:45.28; 3. Xin Liu (CHN), 4:49.72. Also: 4. Sullivan (USA), 4:51.26.

MIXED
4×100 m Medley: 1. Australia (Larkin, Fraser-Holmes, Seebohm, C. Campbell), China, 3:30.90; 3. China Club, 3:37.16.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Misses Out On Medal, Xiang Breaks World Record On Day One Of FINA Swimming World Cup Series


By Sharon Robb

JINAN, China, August 8, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson just missed a medal Thursday on opening day of the FINA Swimming World Cup.

The Jamaican four-time Olympian finished out of the medal hunt in the 200-meter breaststroke with a fourth place in 2:31.00. She was coming off a gold medal in the 50-meter breaststroke in Tokyo.

In prelims, Atkinson was second fastest in prelims of the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:34.07 but faded to fourth in finals. Russian Vitalina Simonova put up the only sub-2:30 in prelims.

Simonova came back and won in a season-best 2:24.52, fifth fastest time in Russia. Yu Jingyao of China was second in 2:27.51 and He Yun of China was third in 2:28.13.

Atkinson chose not to compete in the Pan American Games which are currently under way in Lima, Peru.

China’s Liu Xiang of Team Speedo broke the world record in the 50-meter backstroke in 27.35.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.26.

“After the World Championships, we don’t have time to make adjustments, so I just carried through,” Hosszu said. “The World Cup is more relaxed than the World Championships. I think it is a fun way to just enjoy swimming for what it is and not what you have to do.

“You choose your events and see what you can do. We have more time to spend with other swimmers, we travel together and we have days off to walk around the city, it’s really fun.”

The second leg of the 2019 FINA Swimming World Cup runs from Aug. 8-10.

WOMEN

50-meter freestyle: 1. Cate Campbell (AUS), 24.16; 2. Michelle Coleman (SWE), 24.74; 3. Holly Barratt (AUS), 24.91.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Erica Sullivan (USA), 4:08.70; 2. Wenxin Bi (CHN), 4:10.23; 3. Jie Dong (CHN), 4:11.32.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Xiang Liu (CHN), 27.35; 2. Jie Chen (CHN), 27.88; 3. Emily Seebohm (AUS), 27.99.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Vitalina Simonova (RUS), 2:24.52; 2. Jingyao Yu (CHN), 2:27.51; 3. Yun He (CHN), 2:28.13.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:07.26; 2. Szuszsanna Jakabos (HUN), 2:07.75; 3. Yufei Zhang (CHN), 2:08.89.

MEN

50-meter freestyle: 1. Vladimir Morozov (RUS), 21.50; 2. Michael Andrew (USA), 22.16; 3. Hexin Yu (CHN), 22.31. Also: 5. Blake Pieroni (USA), 22.39.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Danas Rapsys (LTU), 3:43.91; 2. Xinjie Ji (CHN), 3:49.87; 3. Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS), 3:54.20. Also: 5. Brennan Gravely (USA), 3:59.13.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Mitch Larkin (AUS), 1:56.39; 2. Tristan Hollard (AUS), 1:57.94; 3. Jiayu Xu (CHN), 1:59.59.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Zibei Yan (CHN), 59.08; 2. tie, Lizhuo Wang (CHN) and Andrew Wilson (USA), 59.56.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Szebasztian Szabo (HUN), 51.45; 2. Grant Irvine (AUS), 51.60; 3. Santo Condorelli (ITA), 52.00, 4. Michael Andrew (USA), 52.08.

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

Lochte Wins National Title, SOFLO’s Golding Swims Final Race At Phillips 66 National Championships


By Sharon Robb

PALO ALTO, Calif., August 5, 2019—Ryan Lochte is definitely back.

The six-time Olympic gold medalist, coming off a 14-month suspension, won the 200-meter individual medley on the final day of the Phillips 66 USA National Championships Sunday at Stanford’s Avery Aquatics Center.

Lochte, 35, won in 1:57.76, nearly four seconds slower than his world record set eight years ago. It was his 27th national title.

“This was a lot easier 10 years ago,” said Lochte, who finished 1.07 seconds ahead of silver medalist Shalne Casas. “I’ve got a long ways to go for 2020. This younger generation of swimmers are fast. They are young and I am definitely getting older, but I’m up for the challenge.”

Lochte gave his gold medal to a young fan, saying “I don’t know half the swimmers I’m swimming against. As rewarding as it is for me to win races, I get more satisfaction out of seeing the smiles on kids’ faces when I give them my medals.”

Lochte was pleased with his comeback meet but admitted he wasn’t in top form.

“It didn’t feel good at all,” Lochte said with a laugh. “I just remember years ago it feeling so much easier, but I mean it’s a starting point for me. Especially since my daughter has been born, the past five and a half to six weeks, I haven’t really been at the pool.”

In other championship finals:

Madisyn Cox won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:10.00 ahead of Vanessa Pearl in 2:12.40. Former Gulliver swimmer Kelly Fertel won the “B” final in 2:13.27.

A day after making her first U.S. Olympic Trials cut in the 400-meter freestyle, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding, 18, swam the 200-meter individual medley in 2:19.46 in her fourth and final event of senior nationals.

Erika Brown won the women’s 50-meter freestyle in 24.71. Gretchen Walsh was second in 24.85.

Ryan Held won the men’s 50-meter freestyle in 21.87. Bowe Becker and Robert Howard tied for second in 22.00.

Ally McHugh won the women’s 1500-meter freestyle in 16:05.98. McHugh took the lead at 1100 and had a two-body length going into the 1300-mark.

Bobby Finke of St. Petersburg Spa won the men’s 800-meter freestyle in 7:47.58 ahead of Zane Grothe in 7:50.47.

MORE SWIMMING NEWS

Dan Kesler has been named associate head coach with the Florida State swimming program. He replaces Ozzie Quevedo who left for the same position at Alabama. Kesler has coached the last seven seasons at Arizona State. He will work with head coach Neal Studd….

Swim sensation Caeleb Dressel, a Florida, Clay High School and Bolles Swimming Club alum, made a special appearance on NBC’s Today Show to talk about his success at the FINA World Aquatics Championships. Dressel talked about how he reacted to such a successful meet at Worlds, saying the medals were “just pieces of metal.” Dressel also talked about his post-Worlds meals where he was finally able to indulge himself with some unhealthy foods and how he is going to refocus to sustain his success next year for the Olympic Games in Tokyo…

Eleven World Cup records were broken in Tokyo, site of the FINA World Cup Series. The series resumes Thursday in Jinan, China. South Florida Aquatic Club veteran swimmer Alia Atkinson of Jamaica will compete. She won the 50-meter breaststroke in the series opener.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Gold At FINA Swimming World Cup In Tokyo


By Sharon Robb

TOKYO, Japan, August 4, 2019—After a slow start in the series opener, Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club bounced back to win a gold medal Sunday at the FINA Swimming World Cup.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian and short course world record holder won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.35. She won $1,500 for her first place.

Satomi Suzuki of Japan was second in 31.09 and Alina Zmushka of Belarus was third in 31.12.

Atkinson still holds the championship record in 30.26, set in November 2015. Atkinson was coming off the FINA World Championships where she finished out of the medal hunt. Her best place was fourth.

Atkinson was also ninth in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.87 and 19th in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.57 in the FINA World Cup opener.

“I feel pretty good. I wanted to see if I was faster or slower than at the World Championships, and I am about the same time. So, it was okay. I think my best time is 1:05.9, so I would love to be get back to this result. For that reason, it’s a small stepping stone in that direction,” Atkinson said.

Tokyo is the first stop of the first cluster and site of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, giving Atkinson a sneak preview of the city and Olympic fever. The remaining two stops are Jinan, China Aug. 8-10 and Singapore Aug. 15-17.

Swimmers are competing for prize money. Atkinson is the only swimmer from Jamaica competing.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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