Atkinson Interview, 2014 Arena Grand Prix Orlando, 100 breaststroke Winner

  1 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | February 14th, 2014 | 2014 Orlando Grand Prix, Featured, International, News, US Grand Prix, Video




A tightly-bunched top 4 coming out of the preliminaries turned into a tight group of three trailing Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson. The Olympian cruised out to an early lead, going 1:07.15 to take the event, looking smooth and powerful the whole way. Blue Fish pro and former Texas star Laura Sogar was second (1:09.00) followed by a pair of SwimMAC-ers, Katie Meili (1:10.00) andMicah Lawrence (1:10.04).

A pair of athletes from T2 followed them up – they were Justine Mueller and Ashley Wolter. The youngest A-finalist, 17-year-old Hungarian Fanni Ferenczi, took 7th.

The B final went to German Theresa Michalak, who has been training with the Florida Gators in Gainesville. Michalak is a high-profile signee with the Gators, and though her current eligibility is still uncertain, her 1:11.84 (only a second or so off her best) had to be a good sign for Florida coach Gregg Troy, whether she starts competing with the Gators this post-season or further down the road.


  1. DanishSwimFan says:

    1.07.15 is a very good time for this early in the season. It looks as though she is ready to have a great year after a rather disappointing 2013 in long course, although she was good in SCM.

    She certainly looks very happy with her time :-)

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Mel Stewart, aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, and USA Swimming. Mel has also worked as an Olympic analyst for ABC, NBC, EPSN, FOX SPORTS and TBS. At, Mel hosts Gold Medal Minute presented by, a weekly report featuring the world’s fastest swimmers and Olympic medalists. Read More »