orlandogp Alia Atkinson
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MESA, Arizona, April 24. SoFlo's Alia Atkinson moved into the top 15 in the world rankings in the women's 200-meter breaststroke with her win at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa.

Atkinson raced her way to a 2:25.52 for the win, moving to 13th in the SwimVortex world rankings. SwimMAC's Micah Lawrence picked up second-place honors in 2:26.60, off her 14th-ranked 2:25.73 from the Austin stop. Breeja Larson of Texas A&M rounded out the top three in 2:28.87.


Utah's Stina Colleou (2:31.58), Trojan's Stina Gardell (2:33.10), SMU's Raminta Dvariskyte (2:33.6), California's Caitlin Leverenz (2:33.51) and SMU's Tara Nicholas (2:35.19)

SwimMAC's Katie Meili earned the top time of the B final with a time of 2:33.23, while Destiny Nelson picked up second overall in 2:35.08. Golden West's Nora Deleske snared third in the consolation heat in 2:36.57.

Riley Scott (2:36.62), FAST's Bailey Kovac (2:36.88), NBAC's Lauren James (2:36.95), T2's Justine Bowker (2:37.51) and Venezuela's Mercedes Toledo (2:39.85) comprised the rest of the B final finishes.

BlueFish's Laura Sogar had to scratch out of the A final due to an allergic reaction.

=== A - Final ===

1 Atkinson, Alia 25 South Florida Aq 2:31.86 2:25.52 873
r:+0.76 33.57 1:11.07 (37.50)
1:48.08 (37.01) 2:25.52 (37.44)
2 Lawrence, Micah 23 SwimMAC Carolina 2:28.37 2:26.60 854
r:+0.79 34.27 1:11.87 (37.60)
1:50.10 (38.23) 2:26.60 (36.50)
3 Larson, Breeja 22 Texas A&M Univ.- 2:30.59 2:28.87 815
r:+0.81 33.61 1:12.85 (39.24)
1:50.73 (37.88) 2:28.87 (38.14)
4 Colleou, Stina 20 Univ Of Utah Aqu 2:30.69 2:31.58 772
r:+0.76 35.23 1:14.04 (38.81)
1:52.72 (38.68) 2:31.58 (38.86)
5 Gardell, Stina 24 Una Troj-CA 2:33.69 2:33.10 750
r:+0.74 34.88 1:13.41 (38.53)
1:52.95 (39.54) 2:33.10 (40.15)
6 Dvariskyte, Ram 24 Southern Methodi 2:33.65 2:33.36 746
r:+0.82 34.95 1:14.06 (39.11)
1:53.44 (39.38) 2:33.36 (39.92)
7 Leverenz, Caitl 23 California Aquat 2:34.26 2:33.51 744
r:+0.75 34.61 1:13.27 (38.66)
1:52.82 (39.55) 2:33.51 (40.69)
8 Nicholas, Tara- 18 Southern Methodi 2:34.56 2:35.19 720
r:+0.81 34.84 1:14.58 (39.74)
1:55.24 (40.66) 2:35.19 (39.95)

=== B - Final ===

9 Meili, Katie 23 SwimMAC Carolina 2:35.00 2:33.23 748
r:+0.71 33.54 1:12.40 (38.86)
1:52.36 (39.96) 2:33.23 (40.87)
10 Nelson, Destiny 16 Frisco Aquatics- 2:37.40 2:35.08 721
r:+0.81 35.95 1:15.62 (39.67)
1:55.17 (39.55) 2:35.08 (39.91)
11 Deleske, Nora 15 Unattached-CA 2:36.34 2:36.57 701
r:+0.77 35.01 1:14.62 (39.61)
1:54.87 (40.25) 2:36.57 (41.70)
12 Scott, Riley 16 Unattached-PC 2:38.32 2:36.62 700
r:+0.73 35.18 1:15.49 (40.31)
1:56.14 (40.65) 2:36.62 (40.48)
13 Kovac, Bailey 15 Fort Collins Are 2:36.34 2:36.88 697
r:+0.83 35.43 1:15.50 (40.07)
1:55.51 (40.01) 2:36.88 (41.37)
14 James, Lauren 17 North Baltimore- 2:38.51 2:36.95 696
r:+0.73 35.45 1:14.94 (39.49)
1:55.39 (40.45) 2:36.95 (41.56)
15 Bowker, Justine 27 T2 Aquatics-FL 2:37.36 2:37.51 688
r:+0.81 35.72 1:16.39 (40.67)
1:56.75 (40.36) 2:37.51 (40.76)
16 Toledo, Mercede 24 Venezuela 2:37.08 2:39.85 659
r:+0.81 35.67 1:15.72 (40.05)
1:57.30 (41.58) 2:39.85 (42.55)