Alia Atkinson is Swim Swam's 2019 CAC Female Athlete of the Year

By December 22, 2019
Alia Atkinson is Swim Swam's 2019 CAC Female Athlete of the Year Swim Swam

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson has been named the 2019 Swammy Awards CAC Female Athlete of the Year.

This is the fifth time in the six-year history of the awards that Atkinson was winning the award.

The Swammy Awards was started by Swim Swam quarterly magazine that covers swimming globally.

According to Swim Swam: “It was another big year for Atkinson in the pool. After missing the 2017 World Championships, Atkinson was the region’s highest-placing finisher at the 2019 World Championships, taking fourth in the 50 breaststroke in Gwangju.

 She also finished tied for 11th in the 100 breaststroke and 36th in the 50 fly at Worlds.”

Swim Swam continued: “At the FINA Swimming World Cup Series, where the 31-year old has been a force for years, Atkinson won five individual races. In the International Swimming League, where she was the region’s only female swimmer on a team, she finished 59th in overall MVP scoring on the season racing for Iron – in spite of her team not qualifying for the finale and her thereby having 1 fewer meet to race in than many of her competitors. Excluding the finale, she ranked 29th.

“While there continue to be some good developments in the region in women’s swimming, Atkinson continues to be the torchbearer for the Central American & Caribbean region.”

Atkinson previously won the award in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and now 2019.

In 2017, the award went to Mexico’s Lilli Ibanez

 

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