2018 Central American & Caribbean Female Athlete of the Year: Alia Atkinson, Jamaica
Jamaican Alia Atkinson continues to carry the torch for the Caribbean and Central American women. The most successful female swimmer in the region’s history, Atkinson added 2 more World Championship gold medals and a bronze to her haul in 2018.
Swimming in short course meters, Atkinson won the 50 and 100 breast and took a bronze medal in the 100 IM. This comes a year after skipping the long course World Championships in 2017.
Atkinson finished 6th overall at the FINA World Cup series, winning 8 individual event titles. This marks the 6th-straight season in which she’s finished at least in the top 6 in that series.
She set new Jamaican long course records in the 50 free (25.47) and 50 fly (26.53) at the Central American and Caribbean Games: her summer long course championship meet. That brings her up to 25 Jamaican records, including relays.
She took home 3 gold and 2 bronze medals individually at the CAC Games, winning the 50 breast, 100 breast, and 50 fly; while also placing 3rd in the 100 fly and the 50 free.
In no particular order
- Isabella Arcila of Colombia won 4 gold medals individually at the Central American and Caribbean Games, with 3 of them coming in new Meet Records. When added to 3 silvers and a bronze as a member of relays, that brings the former SMU Mustang’s medal haul to 8 at the meet. Colombia as a nation won 7 gold medals at the event: the 2nd-most of all participating nations.
- Joanna Evans of the Bahamas put on a display for her country at the CAC Games as well. She won 3 gold medals and 2 silver medals individually, sweeping the 200, 400, and 800 freestyles.