Alia Atkinson and Breanna Roman get season-best times in Virginia

By April 12, 2019

Both Olympian Alia Atkinson CD and compatriot Breanna Roman recorded season-best times in their respective breaststroke finals at the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series in Richmond, Virginia Thursday.

 In the B final of the 100-metre breaststroke Atkinson was the first to the 50 with a split of 32.36.

She also had the fastest closing 50 metres of 36.19 to win easily by over a second in a time of 1:08.55.

That performance would have placed her fifth in the championship final. Atkinson, representing South Florida Aquatics, bettered the PAN AM Games ‘A’ standard time of 1:11.11 and was under the World Championships B standard of 1:09.79.

Meanwhile, Roman, competing in the C final, recorded a season-best and the second fastest time of her career when she stopped the clock in 1:13.32 (split time 34.71).

The time was good enough for third but was under the PAN AM Games ‘B’ time of 1:15.38 and is getting closer to the ‘A’ standard time of 1:11.11. Roman’s personal best stands at 1:12.41 from the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships.

Both women were members of the 2015 PAN AM Games 400 medley relay team that set the current national mark of 4:14.58 where Atkinson swam the breaststroke leg and Roman anchored with freestyle.

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