SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins On Day Two Of London Roar’s ISL Playoffs; Dylan Carter Breaks National Record

By Sharon Robb
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, November 15, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson of the London Roar won the 100-meter breaststroke Sunday at Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion.

Atkinson, 32, won the event in 1:03.58. London teammate Annie Lazor was third.

Atkinson just missed winning the 50-meter breaststroke women’s skins event. Anastasia Gorbenko of Israel, swimming in the event for the first time this season, won in 29.53, .03 seconds ahead of Atkinson, picking up key points for the LA Current’s rally.

On Saturday, the five-time Jamaican Olympian was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.54. Imogen Clark of the LA Current won in 29.32, a new British national record, for her second win of the season.

Atkinson was a member of the winning 4×100-meter medley relay that won in 3:47.17 with teammates Kira Toussaint, Marie Wattel and Emma McKeon. Atkinson’s breaststroke split was 1:04.21.

London teammate Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago was second in the 50-meter butterfly in 22.52, tying Matteo Rivolta of Aqua Centurions. In the men’s butterfly skins event’s first round, Carter finished ahead of Tom Shields in a national record 22.25. Shields finished in 22.46.

LA Current overtook early leader London Roar after Day Two with 506 points. The Roar was second with 494.5 followed by the Toronto Titans, 398.5 and Aqua Centurions, 357. The Roar resumes competing in the playoffs on Nov. 20-21.

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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Big For ISL’s London Roar

By Sharon Robb

BUDAPEST, Hungary, October 31, 2020—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson continued her winning ways Saturday for the International Swimming League’s undefeated London Roar at Duna Arena.

Atkinson, 31, a four-time Jamaican Olympian, won the 100-meter breaststroke and the Skins final event.

Atkinson completed a breaststroke sweep. After winning her 12th consecutive 50-meter breaststroke title on Friday, she came back to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.75 ahead of London teammate Annie Lazor in 1:04.45. Atkinson is only the third woman to crack 1:04 this season.

In Round One of the Skins’ 50-meter breaststroke, Atkinson topped a field of seven swimmers in 29.61, the only swimmer to dip under 30 seconds. In Round 2, she topped a field of four swimmers in 29.89 and in the third and final round, she defeated LA Current’s Anastasia Gorbenko, 30.28-30.38. Atkinson scored 33 points in the Skins event.

American Tom Shields scored 31 points after winning his 50-meter butterfly Skins events.

In other notable races, Shields won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:50.28; Kira Toussaint of London Roar won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.36; and Tokyo’s Yasuhiro Koseki knocked off Adam Peaty of London Roar, 56.11-56.83 in the 100-meter breaststroke.

The four-team standings after Day 2 was London Roar, 499; LA Current, 478.5; Tokyo Frog Kings, 446.5; and DC Trident, 287.

After Match 5, LA Current remains on top of the club standings with nine points followed by London Roar and Cali Condors with eight.

“We had tired athletes in the squad today, but it was a great effort by the team,” London Roar head coach Mel Marshall told reporters.

Atkinson and her London Roar teammates compete next, Nov. 5-6, against Tokyo Frog Kings, Cali Condors and NY Breakers.

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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Three More Medals At Hong Kong World Cup

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Three More Medals At Hong Kong World Cup

By Sharon Robb

September 30, 2014—-Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson added another gold and bronze medal along with her first silver at the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup Tuesday night in Hong Kong.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer won her third straight 50-meter breaststroke title in 29.35, much slower than her times (29.12) in Doha and Dubai.

Atkinson, 25, was second in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:24.94 and also took third in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.28.

Atkinson finished the opening leg of the second cluster with two gold medals and two bronze medals. She also won the 100-meter breaststroke and was third in the 50-meter freestyle.

Atkinson picked up $6,000 in Hong Kong and now has $43,000 in prize money earnings to rank third on the FINA circuit.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, who won five more events on he second night, totaled $17,000 in Hong Kong and now has $142,000 overall.

While American Tom Shields made the most money among men in Hong Kong with $7,500 he is fourth on the money list. South African Chad le Clos won $6,000 and has $66,500 to lead the men’s list.

Hosszu, the most versatile swimmer on the circuit, won the 100 backstroke, 400 individual medley, 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle and 100 individual medley on the final night. Le Clos won the 100 butterfly in 48.56 and 50 freestyle in 21.17.

The Hong Kong meet had one of the weakest fields assembled. The next FINA World Cup stop is Moscow where Atkinson will not compete.

Other winners were:

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: Hungarian Gergely Gyurta won in 14:38.72. He was never challenged and led from start to finish.

Women’s 100-meter freestyle: Dutch sprinter Inge Dekker won the first of two events in 52.83.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes won in 1:43.59.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Hungarian Daniel Gyurta held off German Marco Koch to win in 57.35.

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: Aussie Ash Delaney won in 23.73.

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: Fraser-Holmes won his second event of the night in 1:53.58.

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: Japan’s Rie Kaneto had no problem winning the gold in 2:19.55 for a five-second margin of victory.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: Shields won in 1:51.88 ahead of Delaney in 1:52.87.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: Dekker won her third straight fly title in 25.24, outsprinting Hosszu, second in 25.92.

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SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes Gold, Bronze On Day One Of Hong Kong FINA World Cup

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes Gold, Bronze On Day One Of Hong Kong FINA World Cup

By Sharon Robb

September 29, 2014—-South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson opened the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup Monday night in Hong Kong with gold and bronze medals.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian won a gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.23 and bronze in the 50-meter freestyle in a best time 24.65 against less than stellar fields.

Atkinson, 25, also swam a career-best time in the 50-meter backstroke, fourth by an off stroke in 27.37. She withdrew from the 200-meter individual medley.

Atkinson is third in the World Cup point standings entering the second cluster of the FINA series. She has won three consecutive 100 breaststroke titles and is undefeated in the event in 2014 World Cup meets.

It was Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and American Tom Shields who stole the show and were the big winners on opening night.

Hosszu, 25, swam in six finals and won five of them. The Iron Lady won the 800-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke.

Only the Netherlands’ Inge Dekker prevented her from going six-for-six winning the 50-meter freestyle, just ahead of Hosszu who took silver.

Hosszu entered all 17 events over two days. She swam seven of eight in Monday’s prelims but scratched the 100-meter butterfly.

Hosszu has all but clinched the circuit and the series hasn’t even reached the halfway mark. Hosszu leads with 424, after picking up 69 the first day. Atkinson is third with 105 points after earning 18 points.

Shields, who had two wins and two seconds and picked up 42 points on opening night and is ranked third with 127.5 points behind Chad le Clos of South Africa and Daniel Gyurta of Hungary.

Other winners were:

Women’s 800-meter freestyle: Hosszu opened with her 16th win of the World Cup circuit, finishing in 8:09.36.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes won his eighth World Cup title in 4:03.02.

Men’s 100-meter freestyle: Series leader Chad le Clos of South Africa won in 46.35. Shields was second in 47.80.

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: Hosszu won in 1:51.44, just .03 off her own World Cup record, missing out on another $10,000 bonus.

Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: German Marco Koch won in 26.69.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won in 56.03.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: Aussie Ashley Delaney won the closest race of the night in 51.48 ahead of German Christian Diener in 51.77.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: Hosszu won her third event of the night in 26.24.

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: Shields picked up his first win in 1:50.56, just a half second off his American record.

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Hosszu won her fourth race by seven seconds in 2:03.60.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Fraser-Holmes won his second race of the night in 3:41.01, a four-second margin of victory.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: German Marco Koch won in 2:02.50, just .01 second ahead of Daniel Gyurta.

Men’s 100-meter individual medley: Shields picked up his second win in 52.51.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: Hosszu won her fifth race in 2:03.01.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly: Le Clos won his second event in 22.35.

Mixed 4×50-meter medley relay: Host Hong Kong won in 1:43.28.

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