SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Gold On Day Two Of FINA/Airweave World Cup Series In Doha


By Sharon Robb

November 3, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson bounced back after a slow start in Tokyo to win a gold medal Tuesday on the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series tour.

Atkinson, 26, a three-time Jamaican Olympian, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.55 and pocketed $1,500 in prize money at the Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha, Qatar. It was the sixth fastest time of the year and her 32nd World Cup gold medal.

Atkinson also won silver in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.83 on opening day.

In other championship finals:

Aussie Melanie Wright won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.87. Hungarian Katinka Hosszu was second in 54.40 and American Felicia Lee was third in 55.22, her second fastest time this year.

Brit James Guy won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:47.06.

South African Cameron Van der Burgh won the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.68.

Chad Le Clos of South Africa won the 100-meter butterfly in 51.44, the only swimmer to turn in a sub-52. American Tom Shields was second in 52.10.

Aussie Emily Seebohm won the 100-meter backstroke in 58.34, second fastest time of the year. Hosszu was second in 59.35.

American David Plummer and Aussie Mitch Larkin tied for first in the 50-meter backstroke in 24.70.

Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.47. American Cassidy Bayer was third in 2:09.98.

Japan’s Keita Sunama won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:00.48.

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:06.48, her second distance medal of the meet.

Brazilian Bruno Fratus, making his World Cup meet debut, won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.28. American Anthon Ervin was second in 22.47.

Japan went one-two in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke with Rie Kaneto in 2:23.45 and Runa Imai in 2:24.24.

Aussie Mitch Larkin won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:53.80, his third fastest time of the year.

Switzerland’s Alexandra Sasha Touretski won gold in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.81.

In an exciting 1500-meter freestyle race, the top two finishers touched less than a second apart. Mykhailo Romanchuk of the Ukraine won in 15:07.06 and Damien Joly of France was second in 15:07.97.

Hosszu won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:36.39.

This is the third and final cluster that winds up in Dubai on Friday and Saturday. Prelims are 3 a.m. EST and finals 11 a.m. EST. The World Cup events are being live-streamed for free on FINATV.

The full eight-leg World Cup is being held in long course leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The top three finishers in each event earn $1,500, $1,000 and $500. There is also a $10,000 payout for world records and cluster bonuses awarded from $50,000 to $5,000 among the top six.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes Silver At FINA/Airweave World Cup Series In Doha


By Sharon Robb

November 3, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson worked her way back on the medal podium in her signature event and Pine Crest’s Marta Ciesla swam against an American icon in her international debut Monday at the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series.

Atkinson, 26, a three-time Jamaican Olympian, finished second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.83. American Molly Hannis won the event cracking 1:07 in 1:06.94 at the Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha, Qatar.

Atkinson was also 17th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.88 and 20th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:23.63.

Ciesla, 17, competing against 12-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin, working towards her fourth Olympics, finished sixth in her first international final in 25.60. Ciesla earned the fifth seed in prelims and swam faster in the final.

The high school All-American is representing the U.S. as a member of USA Swimming’s 14-member 18-and-under squad.

The junior gave up competing in the high school region and state meets to represent her country.

In other championship finals:

South African Chad le Clos, after a short layoff from racing, came back strong to win the 100-meter freestyle in 48.96. Florida-bound Maxime Rooney, competing on the USA Swimming 18-and-under team, was sixth in 49.77. Le Clos also won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:55.80 and 50-meter butterfly in 23.43.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu dominated the women’s 200-meter freestyle field to win in 1:56.60. She also won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:10.22.

FINA World Cup points leader Cameron van der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in 26.96. American Kevin Cordes, training in Singapore, was third in 27.81 and Michael Andrew was fourth in 28.73.

American Felicia Lee won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.83.

Aussie Mitch Larkin broke the national and Commonwealth records to win the 100-meter backstroke in 52.26. Michael Andrew was sixh in 55.52.

Aussie teammate Emily Seebohm won the 50-meter backstroke in 27.85. Coughlin took silver in 28.23 and Hosszu the bronze in 28.40.

Great Britain’s James Guy won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:46.76.

Frenchwoman Anna Santamans won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.95. Coughlin was third in 25.40.

Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:10.33.

Seebohm won another gold in the 200-meter backstroke knocking off Hosszu, 2:07.19 to 2:08.73.

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:24.76.

Hungarian David Verraszto won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:16.67.

This is the third and final cluster that finishes in Doha and Dubai this week. The Doha event concludes on Tuesday. The Dubai event is Friday and Saturday. Prelims are 3 a.m. EST and finals 11 a.m. EST.

The full eight-leg World Cup is being held in long course leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The top three finishers in each event earn $1,500, $1,000 and $500. There is also a $10,000 payout for world records and cluster bonuses awarded from $50,000 to $5,000 among the top six.

The World Cup events are being live-streamed for free on FINATV.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

FINA/Airweave World Cup Series Resumes Monday In Doha; Pine Crest’s Ciesla Makes International Debut; SOFLO’s Atkinson Heads Field


By Sharon Robb

November 1, 2015—Marta Ciesla of Pine Crest Swimming will make her international debut on Monday when the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series resumes at the Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha, Qatar.

The high school All-American swimmer will represent the U.S. in the series’ final two meets as a member of USA Swimming’s 14-member 18-and-under squad that also includes Florida-bound Maxime Rooney, Sean Grieshop and Courtney Harnish.

Ciesla, a junior at Pine Crest, competed in her last high school meet this season at the district meet two weeks ago. She gave up competing in the region and state meets to represent her country.

Ciesla, a member of the USA Swimming Junior National Team in the 50 freestyle, will compete Monday in the 50-meter freestyle in the third heat seeded in 25.07. The heats and final are both Monday. Prelims are 3 a.m. EST and finals 11 a.m. EST.

This is the third and final cluster that finishes in Doha and Dubai this week. The Doha event is Monday and Tuesday and Dubai event is Friday and Saturday.

The only other Florida swimmer competing is three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club. Atkinson, 26, looks to rebound after a disappointing cluster start in Tokyo last week where she managed to take only one silver medal and missed making the final in the 100-meter breaststroke, her signature event.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and South African Cameron Van der Burgh, the current World Cup points leaders, head an impressive international field that also features Yannick Agnel of France, James Guy and Robbie Renwick of Great Britain, Emily Seebohm of Australia and American Natalie Coughlin.

The full eight-leg World Cup is being held in long course leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The top three finishers in each event earn $1,500, $1,000 and $500. There is also a $10,000 payout for world records and cluster bonuses awarded from $50,000 to $5,000 among the top six.

The World Cup events are being live-streamed for free on FINATV.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Five World Records Fall; SOFLO’s Atkinson Goes After Second Medal Saturday At FINA Short Course World Championships


By Sharon Robb

December 5, 2014—Alia Atkinson will go after her second medal Saturday at the 12th FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships at Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha, Qatar.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian and of South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer set herself up nicely for a second medal in the 100-meter breaststroke semifinals. She is seeded second in 1:03.59 behind rival Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania who qualified in a meet record 1:02.43.

Atkinson, 25, just missed a medal in the 100-meter individual medley placing fourth in 58.58. Atkinson already has a silver medal and new national record in the 50-meter breaststroke.

“We’re very pleased with the strategy of the 100 breaststroke and the outcome of the 100 IM,” said SOFLO coach Chris Anderson. “She set herself up for success in the 100 breaststroke.”

Five more world records were broken on Day 3, the halfway point of the meet.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu stole a little of Mireia Belmonte’s thunder by breaking two world records.

Hosszu, who scratched from the morning 400-meter freestyle heats to stay fresh, broke her first world record in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:59.23, nearly a second faster than the previous world record of 2:00.03 set in 2011 by American Missy Franklin. Hosszu is the first woman to swim under the two-minute mark.

Less than a hour later, Hosszu broke her second world record in the 100-meter individual medley in 56.70. She broke her own world record by 0.16 seconds.

In three days, Hosszu has three gold medals, two silver medals and three world records.

France’s Florent Manaudou broke the world, meet, European and French records in the 50-meter freestyle in a scorching 20.26. The previous record was 20.30 set by Roland Schoeman in 2009. The meet record was 20.51 held by Cesar Cielo since 2010.

Manaudou is only the second male swimmer from France to win a short course individual title.

“My goal was to win but I didn’t expect to break the record tonight,” Manaudou said.

Italy’s Marco Orsi was second in 20.69 and Cielo was third by 1/100th of a second in 20.88. American Josh Schneider was fifth in 20.97.

Two more world records were broken in relays.

Denmark’s Mie Nielsen, Rikke Pedersen, Jeanette Ottesen and Pernille Blume broke the women’s 4×50-meter medley relay in 1:44.04, bettering its own record of 1:45.92 set last year. The U.S. team of Felicia Lee, Emma Reaney, Claire Donahue and Natalie Coughlin was second in 1:44.92. Bolles’ Valentina Artemeva swam second leg on Russia’s seventh place relay that finished in 1:46.50.

The Netherlands broke the world record in the 400-meter freestyle relay. After breaking the 800-yard freestyle relay on opening day, the foursome of Inge Dekker, Femke Heemskerk, Maud van der Meer and Ranomi Kromowidjojo, broke its own world and meet records in 3:26.53. The previous world record was 3:28.22.

Dekker and Kromowidjojo were members of both world record teams.

The U.S. team of Natalie Coughlin, Abbey Weitzel, Madison Kennedy and Shannon Vreeland was second in 3:27.70. Italy was third in 3:29.48.

Ryan Lochte saw his eight-year reign in the 200-meter individual medley end when Japan’s Kosuke Hagino pulled ahead on the final leg to win in 1:50.47, Japanese and Asian records. Lochte was second in 1:51.31. Japan’s Daiya Seto was third in 1:51.79.

Lochte was looking to become only the second swimmer to win the event five times. He won in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

In other championship finals:

Spain’s Mareia Belmonte won her fourth gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle in a meet record 3:55.76, breaking the 2010 record of 3:57.07 set by Katie Hoff of Hurricane Aquatics.

Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands won the 100-meter freestyle in a meet record 51.37. Ex-Bolles swimmer Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas was sixth in 52.34.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrum won gold in the 50-meter butterfly in a meet record 24.58, breaking the 2010 record of 24.87 set by countrywoman Therese Alshammar.

Hungarian Daniel Gyurta defended his title in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:01.49, just missing his own meet record. He is the first male swimmer to win two world titles in the event. Marco Koch of Germany was second in 2:01.91. Russia’s Kirill Prigoda was third in 2:02.38.

Also in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke, Florida State’s Rafael Van Leeuwaarde of Suriname broke his second national record in a best time 2:16.83 in morning prelims.

Another Hungarian, Peter Bernek won the 400-meter freestyle in a meet record 3:34.32. It was the oldest meet record previously set by Grant Hackett in 1999 in 3:35.01.

The state of Florida has 29 nine swimmers, who train in Florida, representing 20 countries. The biennial event features 1,100 swimmers from 171 countries.

Universal Sports Network is televising the meet over ten hours with nightly broadcasts at 8 p.m. The two-hour daily highlight shows feature the best of each day’s races.

FLORIDA SWIMMERS AT WORLD SHORT COURSE

Max Abreu, Paraguay, Bolles

Marcelo Acosta, El Salvador, Azura Florida Aquatics

Alia Atkinson, Jamaica, South Florida Aquatic Club

Jevon Atkinson, Jamaica, South Florida Aquatic Club

Valentina Artemevia, Russia, Bolles

Elizabeth Beisel, United States, Gator Swim Club

Elvis Burrows, Bahamas, Orlando

Lani Cabrera, Barbados, Florida Gulf Coast

Marcin Cieslak, Poland, Gator Swim Club

Carolina Colorado, Colombia, Bolles

Mitch D’Arrigo, Italy, Gator Swim Club

Brett Fraser, Cayman Islands, Florida/Bolles

Patrick Groters, Aruba, Pine Crest Swim Team

Talisa Lanoe, Kenya, Performance Aquatics (PAQ)

Ryan Lochte, Daytona Beach, United States

Hilda Luthersdottir, Iceland, Gator Swim Club

Melanie Margalis, United States, St. Petersburg Aquatics

Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Antigua & Barbuda, Azura

Jorge Murillo, Colombia, Bolles

Vien Nguyen, Vietnam, St. Augustine Swim Team Cyclones

Chinyere Pigot, Suriname, Metro Aquatics

Zuhayr Pigot, Suriname, Metro Aquatics

Jared Pike, South Africa, Club Seminole

Omar Pinzon, Colombia, Bolles

Sebastien Rousseau, South Africa, Gator Swim Club

Pavel Sankovich, Belarus, Club Seminole

Mario Todorivic, Croatia, Bolles

Rafael Van Leeuwaarde, Suriname, Florida State

Ariel Weech, Bahamas, Orlando

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes Silver, Breaks National Record At World Short Course Championships


By Sharon Robb

December 4, 2014—Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club broke her own national record and won a silver medal at the 12th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships Thursday at Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha, Qatar.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian just missed the gold medal in the 50-meter breaststroke, one of her signature events.

Olympian champion and world record holder Ruta Meilutyte, who had lost two Atkinson twice on the FINA World Cup Series, won in 28.84 and defended her title, but missed the world record she was after.

Atkinson was second in a national record 28.91 which she set last year. Atkinson has the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday.

Three world records were broken on the second day of competition.

South African Chad Le Clos broke the 100-meter butterfly world and meet records in 48.44. His splits were 22.59 and 25.85. The previous record was 48.48 set by Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin in 2009 during the super tech suit era. American Tom Shields was second in 48.99 and Aussie Tommaso D’Orsogna was third in 49.60. Ryan Lochte was seventh in 50.23.

It was Le Clos’ second gold medal in two days. He also won the 200-meter freestyle on opening day.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu broke her sixth world short course meters record in 2014 and first at worlds in the 100-meter backstroke in 55.03. Her splits were 26.93 and 28.10. She broke the previous record of 55.23 set by Shiho Sakai in 2009.

“I came close to breaking this record three times and I am excited to have finally succeeded,” Hosszu said. “I was not there to prove anything. Mireia raced better than me on Wednesday and that is why she won.”

Brazil won three gold medals.

Felipe Franca Silva won the 100-meter breaststroke and was also a member of his country’s gold medal relays.

Brazil won the men’s and mixed 4×50-meter medley relays.

Brazil won the 4×50-meter medley relay in a world record 1:30.51 with Guilherme Guido, Felipe Franca Silva, Nicholas Santos and Cesar Cielo in the event’s debut. France was second in 1:31.25 and the U.S. relay of Eugene Godsoe, Cody Miller, Tom Shields and Josh Schneider was third in 1:31.83.

Brazil also won the 4×50-meter mixed medley relay in 1:37.26 with Etiene Medeiros, Felipe Franca Silva, Nicholas Santos and Larissa Oliveira. Great Britain was second in 1:37.46 and Italy was third in 1:37.90.

Lochte won his first gold medal of the meet. Lochte and U.S. teammates Conor Dwyer, Matt McLean and Tyler Clary won the 800-meter freestyle relay in 6:51.68. Clary’s 1:42.86 anchor leg clinched the win. Italy was second in 6:51.80 and Russia was third in 6:51.96.

It was Lochte’s 21st short course world gold medal. It was also the sixth straight world short course meet where he has won at least one gold medal.

Brazilian Joao de Lucca, a former three-time NCAA champion at Louisville, swam a national record 1:41.85 on the leadoff leg of the 800 free relay. It was the best leadoff of the final. The relay time of 6:54.53 was also a national record with teammates Gustavo Godoy, Fernando Santos and Gabriel Ogawa.

Three world records were broken on Day One. Spain’s Maria Garcia Belmonte broke two world records in the 200-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley and the Netherlands women’s 4×200-meter relay record,

In other championship finals:

Belmonte won her third gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle in a meet record 8:03.41. Welsh swimmer Jazz Carlin of Great Britain took the silver medal and broke the national record in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:08.16 just ahead of Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands in 8:08.17.

Japan’s Daiya Seto won the 400-meter individual medley in 3:56.33, both Japanese and Asian records. Countryman Kosuke Hagino was second in 4:01.17.

Mitchell James Larkin of Australia won the 100-meter backstroke in 49.57. Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki was second in 50.11 and Ryosuke Irie of Japan was third in 50.12. American Matt Grevers was fourth in 50.12.

The state of Florida has 29 nine swimmers, who train in Florida, representing 20 countries. The biennial event features 1,100 swimmers from 171 countries.

Universal Sports Network is televising the meet over ten hours with nightly broadcasts at 8 p.m. The two-hour daily highlight shows feature the best of each day’s races.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Second Gold At FINA World Cup

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Second Gold At FINA World Cup


By Sharon Robb

August 28, 2014—Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club won her second gold medal in two days at the FINA/Mastbank World Cup Thursday in Doha, Qatar.

A day after winning the 100-meter breaststroke, she added the sprint title capturing the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.12.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian finished 7/10ths ahead of American Breeja Larson in 29.87. The former and current Texas A&M swimmers were the only two under 30 seconds. University of Florida alum Hilda Luthersdottir took the bronze in 30.67.

On Wednesday night, Atkinson, 25, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.79, also ahead of Larson in 1:05.06 and Luthersdottir in 1:06.88. Atkinson scratched from the 100-meter individual medley.

Atkinson pocketed $3,000 in prize money for two days’ work. Atkinson also earned the second best performance for her 50 breaststroke swim for 18 bonus points.

Bolles’ Carolina Colorado of Colombia picked up two bronze medals in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke events and $1,000 in prize money.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and South African Chad le Clos, defending series champions, are the overall points and prize money list leaders after the opening meet of the series cluster.

Hosszu has 189 points and earned $42,500, buoyed by her trio of 20-point world record bonuses from her IM world record sweep. Inge Dekker is second with 60 and $6,000; Mireia Belmonte Garcia with 45 and $5,500 and Atkinson with 42 points and $3,000.

Le Clos has 54 points and $4,500 followed by Thomas Fraser-Holmes with 48 and $6,000 and Daniel Gyurta with 48 and $3,000.

In other championship finals:

Hungarian Gergo Kis won the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:50.24, just finishing ahead of Velimir Stjepanovic of Serbia in 14:50.92. Tunisian Ous Mellouli took bronze in 14:51.87.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu broke her second world record of the day, winning the 400-meter individual medley and breaking her own world record in 4:20.83. She broke the 100-meter individual medley in prelims. Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia was second in 4:25.85 and American Caitlin Leverenz was third in 4:29.59.

Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won the 100-meter freestyle in 52.61 a day after she won the 50 freestyle. Hosszu scratched from the event.

Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:41.92.

Daniel Gyurta of Hungary won the 100-meter breaststroke in 57.04 ahead of American Cody Miller in 57.25.

Le Clos won the 100-meter butterfly in 48.70 ahead of American Tom Shields in 49.23. Le Clos just missed the world record bonus of $10,000 by 2/10ths of a second.

Hosszu, aptly nicknamed Iron Lady, won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.06 after coming off the 400 IM. Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine took silver in 57.80 and Bolles’ Carolina Colorado took bronze in 58.60.

Eugene Godsoe was the first American to win a gold medal, edging Aussie Bobby Hurley in the 50-meter backstroke in 23.22.

Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain knocked off Hosszu to win the 200-meter butterfly in 2:03.39. Hosszu finished second in 2:04.55.

Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes picked up his fourth gold medal of the Doha meet in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:53.92.

Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain won her second straight title in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:00.91.

American Josh Schneider won his first World Cup title in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.07. George Bovell of Trinidad & Tobago and Poland’s Konrad Czerniak tied for second in 21.43.

American Breeja Larson won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.71. Only four women were in the field. Luthersdottir took silver in 2:23.70.

Competing in her fourth event of the day, Hosszu won the 100-meter individual medley in 57.34, 1/10th of a second off the world record she broke in prelims.

Christian Diener of Germany won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:50.20. Shields was second in 1:51.40.

Dekker won her fourth gold medal of the meet, winning the 50-meter butterfly in 25.27. Hosszu took bronze in 26.38.

Austria, China and Switzerland were the top three finishers in the 4×50-meter relay. Austria won in 1:34.47 with Martin Spitzer, Lena Kreundl, Gottfried Eisenberger and Lisa Zaiser.

The series now moves to Dubai on Sunday and Monday, the last site of Cluster One.

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

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Gold; Hosszu Breaks World Record On Day One Of FINA World Cup

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Gold; Hosszu Breaks World Record On Day One Of FINA World Cup


By Sharon Robb

August 27, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson took up where she left off in her breakthrough 2013 FINA World Cup Series at the FINA/Mastbank World Cup Wednesday in Doha, Qatar.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian topped an impressive women’s field to win the gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Hamad Aquatic Centre.

Atkinson, 25, won in 1:03.79 ahead of Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson in 1:05.06 and University of Florida alum and 2012 Olympian Hilda Luthersdottir of Iceland in 1:06.88. Larson is competing in her first year as a pro.

Atkinson went out in 30.18 and came home in 33.61 for the fastest splits in the race. It was less than a second off last year’s season-best from a year ago in 1:02.91. She picked up $1,500 for first place.

Atkinson has the 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter individual medley left to swim on Thursday. Atkinson is tied for fourth with three other swimmers in prize money and tied for sixth in the standings with 12 points.

Defending women’s series champion Katinka Hosszu already leads the standings by 50 points after her opening-day performance.

Hosszu totaled 74 points after winning four golds, one bronze and world record swim in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:02.61. She broke her own record of 2:03.20. American Caitlin Leverenz was a distant second in 2:07.11.

It was the third time Hosszu broke the short course meters world record. She also has seven of the top eight performances in the short course event.

Her world record came after winning the 200-meter freestyle (1:51.41, World Cup record) and 50-meter backstroke (26.18) and taking bronze in the 800-meter freestyle (8:29.48). She also won gold in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:01.60.

Hosszu won $16,500 on opening night including $10,000 for a world record bonus.

Last year Atkinson finished ranked second behind Hosszu and earned her biggest paycheck in swimming ($136,000 overall).

Defending men’s series champion Chad le Clos of South Africa is tied with Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes for first place with 24 points. Each won two individual events.

Trinidad & Tobago’s George Bovell is tied for fifth with 12 points after winning gold in the 100-meter individual medley in 52.80 ahead of South African Leith Shankland in 53.77.

In other championship finals:

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia opened the evening races with a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:14.99. Only five women were in the field. Liechtenstein’s Julia Hassler took silver in 8:18.37.

Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:00.39. Hungarian David Verraszto took silver in 4:02.53 and Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia took the bronze in 4:07.99.

Le Clos of South Africa won the 100-meter freestyle in 46.29 followed by Poland’s Konrad Czerniak in 46.52 and Steffen Deibler of Germany in 47.22.

Roland Schoeman of South Africa won the 50-meter breaststroke in 26.35. It was his ninth consecutive World Cup win in the event.

Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.05.

In one of the more exciting races, Germany’s Christian Diener won the 100-meter backstroke in 50.49 holding off American Eugene Godsoe in 50.57.

American Tom Shields, coming off the Pan Pacific Championships, won the 200-meter butterfly in an American short course record of 1:50.08, breaking his own record of 1:50.61 he set in 2013 in Glasgow at the Duel in the Pool.

Fraser-Holmes came back to win his second event of the night in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:39.30.

Dekker won her second event in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.04.

After exchanging the lead several times with Germany’s Marco Koch, Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta won the 200-meter breaststroke in a meet record 2:01.06. Koch took silver in 2:01.71

Le Clos won his second event in the 50-meter butterfly in 22.17, ahead of Shields in 22.63.

Finland, one of four teams in the field, won the mixed 4×50-meter medley relay in 1:42.26 with Anni Alitalo, Jenna Laukkanen, Riku Poytakivi and AriPekka Liukkonen. Switzerland took silver in 1:44.95 and China was third in 47.44.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com