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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Olympians Jason Lezak, Breeja Larson Head Florida Gold Coast Swimposium Sunday At SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool

By Sharon Robb

PEMBROKE PINES, April 9, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club will host the Florida Gold Coast Symposium Awards and Breakout Clinics Sunday at Academic Village Pool.

Four-time U.S. Olympian Jason Lezak and gold medalist Breeja Larson are guest instructors for the Mutual of Omaha Breakout Clinics.

Lezak and Larson are both inspiring and entertaining during these clinics. Larson loves talking about technique, positive attitude and finding balance.

The Olympians will be teaching on the essentials of great freestyle and breaststroke, the tips for a better starts and turns, strategies for better nutrition, sleep, stretching and of course, goal setting and motivation. The program will last 3 hours.

The event schedule is:

9-11 a.m., Parent Clinic with Jane Grosser and Bob Staab, for parents of swimmers attending the clinic.

Noon-2 p.m., Parent Clinic with Jane Grosser and Bob Staab, for parents of swimmers attending the clinic.

8:30 a.m.-Noon, Mutual of Omaha Breakout Clinic for 12-and-older swimmers with Jason Lezak and Breeja Larson.

10:45 a.m.-2 p.m., Mutual of Omaha Breakout Clinic for 11-and-under swimmers with Jason Lezak and Breeja Larson.

9-10:30 a.m., Florida Gold Coast Athlete Clinic including Safe Sport presentation for swimmers 11-and-under with Mike Averett before the breakout clinic.

Noon-2 p.m., Florida Gold Coast Athlete Clinic including Safe Sport presentation for swimmers 12-and-older with Mike Averett before the breakout clinic.

Noon-4 p.m., Club Leadership and Business Management School 201 in-person course, For Florida Gold Coast teams with Dave Thomas.

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Coaches Clinic for Florida Gold Coast coaches with Jim Richardson.

Noon-12:30 p.m., Lunch

2-3 p.m., Florida Gold Coast Awards Ceremony for athletes and families for FGC Record Breakers 2018, Zone Team 2018, Top 5 Swimmers at each age 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 for period from Sept. 1, 2017-Aug. 31, 2018.

Those interested in signing up for the clinics can go to the Florida Gold Coast Swimming website at The clinic is only $50 thanks to the FGC-LSC.

The top five swimmers from the zone and open water zones, will be honored.

Open water zone honorees are:

11-12, Maris Proscia, Reese Andres, Dash Edwards, Tyler Armbruster, Liam Aleman.

13-14, Mallory Schleicher, Rylie Barnhardt, Sarah Acevedo, Erin Miller, Dominic Bono, Pace Edwards, Nicholas Kjaerulff, Alejandro Mateus.

Zone team honorees are:

11-12, Sidney Anton, Alexis Christensen, Bella Egizi, Sara Lin, Julianne McCranie, Giovanna Musiello, Valerie Vank, Lucas Bailey, Makar Goncharov, Landon Kyser, Evan Pelletier, Christian Tijero.

13-14, Nicole Aguilar, Riley Botting, Kiara Caamano, Isabella Chambers, Giulianna Garcia, Lydai Lanahan, Rebecca Montero, Mallory Schleicher, Hudson Bishop, Aiden Kohanyi, Nicolas Gallego, Angelo Martinez, Anthony Martinez, Parker Rosenthal, Matthew Tarafa, Victor Valdes.

Ten Florida Gold Coast record breakers will also be honored including Sara Lin of Pine Crest.

Academic Village Pool is located at 17191 Sheridan Street next to Pembroke Pines Charter School. There is plenty of parking.

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Franklin, Larson Break American Records On Day Two Of NCAA Championships

Franklin, Larson Break American Records On Day Two Of NCAA Championships

By Sharon Robb

March 21, 2014

Two American records were broken on Day Two of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Friday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis.

Missy Franklin of University of California bounced back after getting out-touched in the 500-yard freestyle Thursday night, with an American, NCAA, U.S. Open and meet record in the 200-yard freestyle.

Franklin won her first NCAA title with a convincing time of 1:40.31. She went out in 48.71 for the first 100 and had back-to-back splits of 25.7 and 25.8 in the last 100.

The old record was 1:41.21 held by Megan Romano of St. Petersburg.

Texas freshman Tasija Karosas of St. Andrew’s Swimming in the Florida Gold Coast was 28th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.12. Florida sophomore Lindsey McKnight was 48th in 1:48.86 and Florida State senior Tiffany Oliver of SOFLO was 50th in 1:50.23.

Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson broke the American, NCAA and U.S. Open record in the 100-yard breaststroke to win the event for the third consecutive year.

Larson went out in 27.03 and came home in 30.20 to win in 57.23, breaking her own record of 57.28 she set at the Southeastern Conference Championships.

The Cal Bears lost valuable relay points when its 200-yard medley relay was disqualified because of an early takeoff on the second exchange between Celina Li and Cindy Tran. The DQ may have sealed Georgia’s second consecutive NCAA title barring any Bulldog relay disqualifications.

In other championship finals:

Stanford opened the evening with a win in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:34.95 with Felicia Lee, Katie Olsen, Nicole Stafford and Maddy Schaefer. Tennessee was second in 1:35.32 with Florida Gold Coast swimmer Harper Bruens swimming third leg. SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver anchored Florida State’s 200-yard medley relay that finished 24th in 1:38.74.

In an exciting race, Stanford senior Maya DiRado won the 400-yard individual medley in 3:58.12. Florida senior Elizabeth Beisel was second in 3:58.84. Tennessee’s Lauren Driscoll, a FGC swimmer, was 44th in 4:15.55.

Stanford senior Felicia Lee won the 100-yard butterfly in 50.89. Florida State freshman Chelsea Britt was 37th in 53.48.

Texas A&M senior Paige Miller won the 100-yard backstroke in 50.77. Florida Gulf Coast’s Kira Toussaint was seventh in 51.81 after going 51.75 in prelims. Florida International’s Johanna Gustafsdottir was 48th in 54.82.

Georgia’s Laura Ryan won her second NCAA diving title on 3-meter springboard with 423.15 points. She was the only diver to score more than 400 points.

After two days Georgia continues to lead followed by Stanford and Cal Bears.

Saturday’s events are: 1,650-yard freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay.

Prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. The top 16 advance into finals.

Both prelims and finals will be streamed live through Saturday finals sessions will be televised on

Information and results can also be found at the NCAA Championship site.

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