Swimming Notebook: Boca Raton Swim Team Hosts Swim Clinic With Olympian Ryan Lochte; Dylan Carter Earns FINA World Cup Title; Gators Dominate Golden Goggles

By Sharon Robb
BOCA RATON, November 27, 2022—Twelve-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, one of the most decorated swimmers and entertaining clinicians, will hold a swim clinic on Saturday, December 17th at Boca Raton High School’s Aquatic Center.

The world record holder will be joined by longtime coach Steve Lochte, his father. Lochte has more than four decades of coaching experience from age groupers and collegians to Olympians. Lochte swam for his father’s club as a child and represented them nationally as an adult several times.

Along with Natalie Coughlin, Dara Torres, and Jenny Thompson, the 38-year-old Lochte is the second-most decorated swimmer in Olympic history measured by total number of medals, behind only Michael Phelps. Lochte’s seven individual Olympic medals rank second in history in men’s swimming (again to Phelps), tied for second among all Olympic swimmers.

The swim clinic is for swimmers, parents and coaches. The highlights include each stroke, drill and demonstrations with time for questions and answers, photos and autographs.

The first session for 12-and-unders is 9 a.m.-noon and second session for 13-and-overs, 1-4 p.m. Space is limited. The price is $150 per athlete. The aquatic center is located at 1501 NW 15th Court. Those interested may sign up at http://www.legacyswimming.com.

Former American Heritage Plantation swimmer Dylan Carter, Trinidad and Tobago’s two-time Olympian, earned the overall FINA Swimming World Cup men’s title after the final short course meet in Indianapolis.

Carter, 26, won the overall World Cup title with nine wins across three weeks in the 50-meter butterfly, backstroke and freestyle finals. Carter never lost a 50-meter final totaling three triple crowns

Carter’s success comes on the heels of a good summer at the World Championships in June where he was fourth in the 50 butterfly. At the Commonwealth Games in July, he was fourth in the butterfly and fourth in the 50 freestyle.

“I came home this summer after World Champs and Commonwealth Games and I went to my local gym and the amount of people that came up to me to ask if I was going to retire I can’t count on one hand,” Carter said.

“I had a great summer. I swam some good times but people were like, ‘this guy is done and washed up. He’s never going to break through.’ And that really drove me and made me really mad. I think that’s part of the results you see now.”

Carter has switched his focus on events. Carter had been more known as a 200 freestyle swimmer and made his Olympic debut in 2016 in the 100 freestyle, where he was 23rd. It’s now been the 50s where he has been successful recently.

“I was a main 200 guy until I was 23 or 24,” Carter said. “I always wanted to have a bit of a second career in just the 50s because I felt like I had potential. I didn’t know how much potential but I knew I had a good 50 fly and it was always good for a 200 guy, so I wanted to put it all there and see where I could go and I think that’s why I’m seeing some good times because I’ve never trained for them up until now.”

Carter is training at home in Trinidad with coach Dexter Browne. He set best times in both the 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly at the Indianapolis World Cup, ranking him 11th and 17th all-time respectively. His 50 butterfly in Indianapolis was only 0.01 off his best time, where he is fourth on the all-time list.

Carter is happy swimming, not because his events are shorter but because he feels that he is finally reaching his true potential. And making money through the World Cups has also helped.

“It’s fun, a lot more fun than training for the 200,” Carter said of his reborn life as a sprinter. “I think that swimming in a way that is sustainable mentally and you’re happy, that’s when you can see your career stretch out in front of you. I know it’s not always happy days like winning and best times, but the 50s and being creative with it are really fun and really rewarding.”

Carter also knows how much his win means to Trinidad and Tobago, a nation with only one Olympic medal in swimming history.

“I don’t think we ever won it. I know George (Bovell) came close,” Carter said. “At world champs or Olympics, it’s who is the best on that day. The World Cup is who is the best over an extended period of time. It’s really a phenomenal feat and not just fast swimming but endurance and mental endurance. It is a big step for our sport and the Caribbean.”


The University of Florida Gators dominated the recent 2022 Golden Goggle Awards at the New York Marriott Marquis, winning six awards (five individual, one relay).

The 18th edition of the awards ceremony began in 2004 to recognize the USA’s most accomplished swimmers. This year’s awards were mostly based on performances from the 2022 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Bobby Finke was named the 2022 Male Athlete of the Year, winning the award for the first time. Finke also won the 2022 Race of the Year for his American record-breaking 800 freestyle at the World Championships back in June with a 7:39.36. The Clearwater native now has won the Male Race of the Year in back-to-back years after pocketed the 2021 Male Race of the Year last year for his comeback win in the 800 freestyle to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics. Finke also broke the American record in the 1500 freestyle last June.
Volunteer coach Katie Ledecky won three Golden Goggle awards, topping her decorated night with the 2022 Female Athlete of the Year. This is the eighth time Ledecky has won the award (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021, and 2022), passing Michael Phelps for the most Golden Goggle awards in history. Ledecky won four gold medals at the World Championships in Budapest, winning gold in the 800 free, a race that won her the Race of the Year award tonight, and in the 4×200 freestyle, winning Relay of the Year award alongside 2023 Gator signee Bella Sims. Ledecky also took gold in the 1500 freestyle and 400 freestyle in Budapest.

Head coach Anthony Nesty earned the 2022 Coach of the Year Award. He was head coach in Budapest, coaching multiple medal winners including Finke, Ledecky, Caeleb Dressel and Trey Freeman.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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

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.


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

Jamaican Alia Atkinson Breaks Own Short Course Meter World Record At FINA World Cup

By Sharon Robb

October 6, 2018—In a fast pool at Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary, four-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club came up with her second career short course meter world record on the final day of the FINA World Cup Series’ second cluster.

On Saturday, Atkinson, 29, broke her own world record in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.56 and picked up $10,000 in world record bonus money. It was one of three world records broken in the 25-meter pool format.

“Well this happened!” Atkinson posted on Facebook. “God you never cease to amaze me. From struggling at Commonwealth to a World Record 5 months later. Thank you Budapest, the fans, pool, the city, the volunteers and competition was amazing.”

The veteran swimmer’s previous record was 28.64 set in 2016 during the World Cup circuit stop in Tokyo. It is the eighth time Atkinson has dipped under 29 seconds in the event.

Atkinson is the only swimmer in Jamaican history to break world records.

The top four finishers were all under 30 seconds. Russian Yulia Efimova was second in 29.22, American Molly Hannis was third in 29.51 and Aussie Emily Seebohm was fourth in 29.96.

China’s Wang Jianjiahe broke the world record in the women’s 400-meter freestyle (3:53.97) and Brazil’s Nicholas Santos broke the 50-meter butterfly (21.75) world record.

Atkinson was the best performer in Budapest with 108 points, one point ahead of China’s Jianjahe Wang. The top three women’s overall ranking after the Budapest stop are Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, 204; Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, 162; and Russia’s Yulia Efimova, 153.

After a rollercoaster year, it was Atkinson’s third gold of the series. On Friday she won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.80. She also won gold in the 50-meter breaststroke During the Netherlands stop. It was her seventh short course series gold medal.

Atkinson, who turns 30 on Dec. 11, competed in her first Olympics at age 16. Her best long course times, swum in 2015, are 30.11 for the 50 breaststroke and 1:05.93 in the 100 breaststroke.

Hometown hero Katinka Hosszu left with four victories and Aussie Mitch Larkin won three gold medals. China’s Wang Jianjiahe and Russia’s Vladimir Morozov won the second cluster.

The third cluster of the Swimming World Cup will resume Nov. 2-4 in Beijing, Nov. 9-11 in Tokyo and Nov. 15-17 in Singapore.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

FINA World Cup Series Final Leg In Singapore This Weekend; SOFLO’s Rojas Competes Saturday At Speedo Winter Championships

By Sharon Robb

November 17, 2017—Chad Le Clos of South Africa and Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden are expected to clinch the overall titles going into this weekend’s final leg of the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series in Singapore.

Both have huge leads and favored to clinch at the OCBC Aquatics Centre. If they clinch, they will be awarded $150,000.

Le Clos, a four-time Olympic medalist, leads the men’s standings with 402 points, a 129-point cushion.

Sjostrom, who won three gold medals at the Budapest World Championships, has 578 points, 132 points ahead of three-time Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, the defending World Cup Series overall champion. It is the first time Sjostrom has done the entire World Cup circuit.

Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of SOFLO is among the women’s field. Atkinson is coming off a win in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:19.58 and 50-meter breaststroke. She has won 51 World Cup medals overall including 11 gold medals this year.


SOFLO’s Marc Rojas, 23, will compete in one event Saturday at the 27th annual Speedo Winter Championships at Plantation Aquatics Complex.

Rojas, who represents the Dominican Republic internationally, is seeded first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 55.70 among 25 swimmers in the open field.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

Sjostrom Breaks Back-To-Back World Records; Atkinson Wins Second Gold At FINA World Cup Series In Eindhoven

By Sharon Robb

August 12, 2017—Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom broke back-to-back world records and Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won back-to-back gold medals to highlight the FINA World Cup Series in Eindhoven.

After breaking a world record on Friday, Sjostrom, the most dominant swimmer during the opening cluster of the series, broke her own world record of 1:50.78 in the 200-meter freestyle to win in 1:50.43, dropping .35 off her old mark to win. She also owns the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly short course meters world records.

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte broke the second world record of the night in the 400-meter individual medley and knocked off Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu by six seconds. Belmonte won in 4:18.94 and was the first woman to dip below 4:19 in the short course 400 IM event.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands, the world record holder in the 50-meter freestyle, won the sprint race in a national record 24.54 ahead of Sjostrom by 1/100th of a second.

After winning the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson won the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.84, off her world record of 28.64 set last year in Tokyo. It was her 27th World Cup career win in the sprint event and earned her another $1,500 for gold. Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania was second in 29.57, the only other swimmer under 30 seconds.

In other races:

Aussie Emily Seebohm won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.00. American Olivia Smoliga was second in 56.58. Hosszu was third in 58.11, off her morning swim of 56.95.

South African Chad Le Clos won the 100-meter freestyle in 45.96. Later on, Le Clos won the 100-meter butterfly in 49.09.

Russian Kirill Prigoda won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:02.15.

Belarus swimmer and Florida State alum Pavel Sankovich won the 50-meter backstroke in a national record 22.84.

Norway’s Henrik Christiansen overtook Italy’s Gabriele Detti won the 1500-meter freestyle to win in 14:26.48 to 14:28.43.

The second cluster of the World Cup Series will feature only two meets, the Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Hong Kong and Oct. 4-5 in Doha.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


Two World Records Fall At FINA World Cup Series; SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes Gold

By Sharon Robb

August 7, 2017—Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands took down two world records Monday at the FINA World Cup Series in Berlin.

Kromowidjojo became the first woman to break the 23-second mark in the 50-meter freestyle. The Olympian broke the world short course record in 22.93, breaking the record of 23.10 set five days ago by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in the Moscow series opener. Sjostrom also swam under her world record in 23.00.

It is the third time the Dutchwoman has set or tied the world record since 2013.

Hosszu broke the 100-meter individual medley in 56.51, breaking her own world record of 56.67 set in 2015. Hosszu owns all IM world records in short and long course meters.

After breaking the world record, Hosszu won two more golds in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:00.37 and 100-meter butterfly in 55.86 against a stacked field including Sjostrom.

Also on Day Two, with none of the world’s top breaststrokers in the field, four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 28, of South Florida Aquatic Club breezed to a win in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.16. Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen was second in 1:04.56.

Atkinson also won a bronze medal in the 100-meter individual medley in 58.12 behind Hosszu (56.51) and Sjostrom (57.30).

Chad Le Clos of South Africa won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:49.08 just nipping American Tom Shields in 1:49.26.

South African teammate Cameron van der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in 25.49.

Hungary’s Kominik Kozma won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:41.03.

Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki won the 100-meter backstroke in 49.97, the only male to break 50 seconds. Florida State alum Pavel Yankovich of Belarus took bronze in 50.70.

Mireia Belmonte of Spain won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:57.79, the only sub-4 minute swim in the field.

Philip Heintz of Germany won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:05.16, just ahead of Italy’s Federico Turin in 4:05.73.

Next up will be the third leg of the first cluster, Aug. 11-12 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Gold On Day One Of FINA World Cup Series In Moscow

By Sharon Robb

August 2, 2017—Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club won her first international gold medal of 2017 on Tuesday at the FINA World Cup Series opener at JSC Olympisky Sports Complex in Moscow.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian, who took three months off after a disappointing 2016 Rio Olympics where she was a medal favorite, won the 50-meter breaststroke just out-touching former world record Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania in 29.46.

Atkinson went 29.73 in morning prelims. Meilutyte finished second in 29.51. Natalia Ivaneeva of Russia was third in 29.87. Russian Yulia Efimova was seeded fifth after prelims but scratched from the final.

Atkinson just missed a medal in the 100-meter individual medley placing fourth in 59.55 just out-touching the Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk in 59.57. Hungary’s world record holder Katinka Hosszu picked up her second gold medal of the day in 57.02 just ahead of Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom.

Atkinson picked up $1500 for the gold medal and $400 for fourth.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom was the highlight of the day. She broke the world record in the 50-meter freestyle in the short course meters meet in 23.10. It was her third world record in 11 days. She broke two at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Hungary.

Katinka Hosszu won the 100-meter backstroke in 55.65, just one half second off her world record of 55.03.

South African Chad Le Clos surged in the final 50 meters to win the 200-meter freestyle in 1:42.54. His split of 25.71 overcame leader Aleksandr Krashnykh of Russia. Le Clos also won the 100-meter butterfly in 49.13. Brit Adam Barrett was second in 49.45 and American Tom Shields was third in 49.55.

Russian Kirill Prigoda won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:02.16. Russian teammate Anton Chupkov, who won gold in the event last week at worlds, was third in 2:04.08.

Federica Pellegrini of Italy knocked off Spain’s Mireia Belmonte in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:57.80. Belmonte took silver in 3:58.24.

FSU alum Pavel Sankovich of Belarus won the 50-meter backstroke by 2/10ths in 23.20.

Germany’s Philip Heintz won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:04.93 with a margin of victory of 3.5 seconds. Aussie Mitch Larkin was second in 4:07.93.

Franziska Hentke of Germany overtook early leader Katinka Hosszu in the final 50 meters to win he 200-meter butterfly in 2:03.43. Hosszu faded on the back end and finished second in 2:05.36.

Russia, Poland and Germany were top three finishers n the mixed 200-meter medley relay.

Moscow is the first meet in which FINA World Cup’s new rules are being instituted. Olympic and World medalists are now allowed to bypass prelims and advance directly into finals. There is also a limit of four races per leg for swimmers. Prize money has been expanded to the top six finishers. Relays also earn prize money.

The two-day meet ends on Thursday. FINA World Cup’s Cluster One also features Berlin, Aug. 6-7, and Eindhoven, Aug. 10-11.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


SOFLO Swimmers Begin Southern Zone Age Group Swimming Championships On Tuesday; Atkinson Swims In Moscow Wednesday

By Sharon Robb

August 1, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented at the Southern Zone Age Group LSC Championships that begin Tuesday at Tupelo (Miss.) Aquatic Center.

Paige Lane, Kayla Cunningham and Lance Lesage of the Silver Group and Alejandro Mateus of Bronze Group will represent SOFLO on the Florida Gold Coast Age Group Zone Team.

USA Swimming’s Zone Championships feature top regional swimmers at the age group level who qualify. There are four zones: southern, western, central and eastern.

The Shockwave Aquatics Swim Club is hosting the meet, which is expected to be webcast from the state-of-the-art Tupelo Aquatic Center.

The five-day meet with timed finals on Tuesday, features prelims and finals through Saturday. The parade of athletes will be held on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.

The rosters:

11-12 Girls: Rylie Barnhardt, Swim Fort Lauderdale; Riley Botting, Pine Crest; Camila Saporta, Gulliver Swim Club; Elena Dinehart, Aqua Kids Sharks; Olivia Dinehart, Aqua Kids Sharks; Michelle Fernandez, Hialeah Swim Club; Emily Lopez-Diaz, YMCA of South Florida; Rebecca Montero, Aqua Kids Sharks.

11-12 Boys: Hudson Bishop, East Coast Aquatic Club; Nicholas Kjaerulff, East Coast Aquatic Club; Aiden Kohanyi, TS Aquatics; Alejandro Mateus, SOFLO; Charles Pujula, Hialeah Swim Club; Agustin Rodriguez, Hialeah Swim Club; Finn Winkler, Miami Swimming; Kaii Winkler, Miami Swimming.

13-14 Girls: Michaela Avedisian, East Coast Aquatic Club; Gabrianna Banks, Heritage Aquatics; Valerie Barreto, Gulliver Swim Club; Kiara Caamano, North Palm Beach; Kayla Cunningham, SOFLO; Chloe Hernandez, Gulliver Swim Club; Paige Lane, SOFLO; Simone Vale, Pine Crest. First alternate is Isabella Chambers of Plantation Swim Team.

13-14 Boys: Dominic Bono, AK Sharks; Jack D’Avi, YMCA of South Florida; Kyle Korvick, Gulliver Swim Club; Lance Lesage, SOFLO; Alex Marrero, Swim Fort Lauderdale; Alexander Meyer, TS Aquatics; Tiago Pereira, Pine Crest; Victor Valdes, Hialeah Swim Club. First alternate is Varis (Tre’V) Monro of North Palm Beach and second alternate is Daniel Quijanda of Hialeah Swim Club.

The head coach is Norman Abril of Gulliver Swim Club and team manager and assistant coach is Jennifer Gibson of Swim Fort Lauderdale. Cathy Silveira is a member of the coaching staff. The team departed on Monday.


SOFLO’s four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson will test the international waters after a long layoff.

Atkinson, 28, will compete Wednesday in the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup Series opener in Moscow.

After a disappointing 2016 Rio Olympics where she failed to medal, Atkinson took three months off to travel and make appearances. She returned to training three months ago and since then broke two Jamaican national records.

At Southern Zone Sectionals, Atkinson broke the 100-meter butterfly record in 59.94 and became the first Jamaican to go under 1 minute.

Then at the recent Senior Championships she set the 100-meter freestyle record in 55.35, another first for a Jamaican to go sub-56 seconds.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Gold, Silver; Breaks National Record On FINA World Cup Day Two; Swims Tuesday In Berlin

August 26, 2016—Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic won her second event Saturday at the FINA World Cup Series opener in Paris-Chartres, France.

A day after tying her own short course meter world record in the 100-meter breaststroke, the four-time Jamaican Olympian won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.25 and $1,500 first place prize money.

Prize money breakdown is $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third.

All three sprint breaststroke finishers were sub-30. Yulia Efimova was second in 29.34 and Katie Meili was third in 29.75.

Atkinson, 27, was second in the 100-meter individual medley in 57.84 for another $1,000, just behind series leader Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in 57.63.

Atkinson was also fourth in the 50-meter butterfly in a national record time of 26.04 after qualifying in 26.70. She broke her own national record of 26.65 she swam last year at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Santa Clara.

She also tied for seventh in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.16 and scratched from the final. She did not compete in the 200-meter breaststroke.

On Friday, Atkinson tied her world record of 1:02.36 equalling her own and Ruta Meilutyte’s world record to kick off the World Cup Series on a positive not and put her disappointing finish at the 2016 Rio Olympics behind her.

It was Atkinson’s first meet since her eighth place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke, her signature event. She now heads to Berlin for the second leg.

Other winners:

Jeanette Ottesen, Denmark, 100-meter freestyle, 51.84.

Philip Heintz, Germany, 200-meter freestyle, 1:43.13.

Cameron van der Burgh, South Africa, 100-meter breaststroke, 56.42.

Chad le Clos, South Africa, 100-meter butterfly, 49.05.

Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 100-meter backstroke 55.93.

Jeremy Stravius, France, 50-meter backstroke, 22.85, the only sub-23 in the field.

Franziska Hentke, Germany, 200-meter butterfly, 2:05.16.

Philip Heintz, Germany, 200-meter individual medley, 1:52.03.

Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 400-meter individual medley, 4:27.67.

Vladimir Morozov, Russia, 50-meter freestyle, 20.81.

Rie Kaneto, Japan, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:16.99.

Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 100-meter individual medley, 57.63.

Mitch Larkin, Australia, 200-meter backstroke 1:50.10.

Jeanette Ottesen, Denmark, 50-meter butterfly 25.09.

Jan Micka, Czech Republic, 1500-meter freestyle, 14:56.21.

Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 400-meter freestyle 4:02.83.

Hosszu is looking for her sixth straight title on the FINA World Cup Series. She picked up 11 medals including seven wins in Paris and leads all women by 53 points for a total of 129. Atkinson is second with 76 points.

Vladimir Morozov leads the men’s standings with 86 points, 26 ahead of defending series champion Chad le Clos.

France was the first leg of the nine-meet circuit hosted by the French Swimming Federation in a 25-meter pool. Only 115 swimmers (71 men, 44 women) are competing for $300,000 in overall prize money.

The first cluster of the FINA World Cup also features Berlin, Tuesday and Wednesday and Moscow Sept. 3-4.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com