Alia Atkinson Edges Jessica Hardy With 2nd Ranked 50 Breast

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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SoFlo’s Alia Atkinson touched out Trojan’s Jessica Hardy for the women’s 50-meter breaststroke title at the Arena Pro Swim Series Charlotte.

Atkinson picked up the win, 30.54 to 30.61, as the two moved into the top five in the world this year.

Yuliya Efimova is still at the top with a 30.39, while Ruta Meilutyte bumped down to third with a 30.58.  Hardy now stands fourth, while Moniek Nijhuis is fifth with a 30.65.

Breeja Larson finished third tonight in 31.01, just off her 30.98 from the Canadian Trials in Toronto that puts her in the top 10.

SwimMAC’s Katie Meili (31.37), Newburgh’s Lilly King (31.55), SST’s Et Roberts (32.49), Venezuela’s Mercedes Toledo (32.60) and BlueFish’s Laura Sogar (33.11) closed out the championship heat.

PCSC’s Ashley McGregor earned the B final win in 32.69.


  • Women’s 800 free
  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Women’s 200 back
  • Men’s 200 back
  • Women’s 50 breast
  • Men’s 50 breast
  • Women’s 100 free
  • Men’s 100 free
  • Men’s 1500 free





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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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