Video Interview: Alia Atkinson Will Continue To Focus On Her 200 Breaststroke

WOMEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE

Alia Atkinson stole the show tonight in the 200m breaststroke leading from start to finish. Atkinson is a former NCAA Champion in the 200, but as a professional swimmer has had more success in the breaststroke sprints. Atkinson went out in a 33.57, and maintained consistent splits around 36-38 seconds for the remaining 50′s. What’s most impressive is that Atkinson had a body length lead over second place finisher Micah Lawrence going into the last 100, but managed to pull away further despite being more of a front half, sprint swimmer

The finishing time of 2:25.52 was a lifetime best for Atkinson by about three seconds. According to Atkinson, after college, she focused a lot on improving her 100 with great success, and somehow lost the 200. This race might be an indication that we could see her having a lot more success in the 200 at international competitions in the near future.

Atkinson, who swims for Jamaica, posted  time faster than any American this year. Micah Lawrence had a good closing 50, which is her specialty, to place 2nd in 2:26.60.

Breeja Larson, who with Lawrence represented the U.S. in this race at Worlds last year, was a 2:28.87 for 3rd, as this final brough a lot more fireworks than a relatively lackluster prelim heat.

Utah freshman Stina Colleou, a native of Norway, held up her good prelims swim fairly well with a 2:31.58 for 5th. Of note, another former NCAA Champion Caitlin Leverenz placed 7th in 2:33.51.

SwimMAC’s Katie Meili torched the B-Final in 2:33.23, a much better swim than she had in the morning in all facets.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Finals 

Alia Atkinson was out with a body length lead at the 50, she held onto her speed the second 50 to pull ahead even further, touching the wall at 1:07.50. Micah Lawrence finished second with a 1:08.93, just ahead of Breeja Larson at 1:08.98. Katie Meili was the only other swimmer in finals to get under 1:10, posting a time of 1:09.47.

Justine Bowker won the B-final with a time of 1:11.95.

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Tony Carroll

The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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