Alia Atkinson wins 50-breast in International Swimming League debut

By October 24, 2019

Alia Atkinson won the 50m breaststroke and was second in the 100m on her debut in the International Swimming League on the weekend.

The league is a franchise-based competition that has teams facing off in a 25-metre pool over two days. The franchises based in Europe and the United States.

The Jamaican star is a member of Team Iron, which also includes Olympian and world-record holder Katinka Hosszú “The Iron Lady”.

From October 19-20, Team Iron faced off against the LA Current that has Trinidad and Tobago star Dylan Carter on its roster, the New York Breakers and the London Roar in Lewisville Texas.

Atkinson was at her best winning the 50-metre breaststroke in 29.31s. Breeja Larson of the New York Breakers was second in 29.70 while Sarah Vasey of the London Roar was third.

Larson turned the tables on the Jamaican in the longer sprint, winning the 100m in in 1:03.80. Atkinson was well back in 1:04.23 while Annie Lazor of the LA Current took third in 1:04.75.

Atkinson then teamed up with her Olympic teammates Mie Nelson of Denmark, Hosszú and Ranomi Kromowidjojo 2012 Dutch Double Olympic sprint freestyle Champion to finished third in the 4x100m relay in 3:51.85.

In the 50-metre butterfly, she was sixth in 26.30. In the 4 x100 metre freestyle swimming for Iron 2, she swam her fastest 100-metre freestyle split of 55.86 as they placed eighth in3:40.63.

After the first leg of the league, London Roar leads with 484.50 points over the LA Current (457.00). Atkinson’s Team Iron was third with 402 points. The New York Breakers are fourth with 278.50 points.

Atkinson and Team Iron will suit up the next round of competition in Budapest, Hungary from October 26 to 27.

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