Atkinson, Roman record season-best times at Pro Swim Series
Jamaican Olympians Alia Atkinson and Breanna Roman recorded season-best times in their respective breaststroke finals on day two of the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center in Richmond, Virginia on Thursday night.
In the B final of the 100m breaststroke, Atkinson was the first to the 50m with a split of 32.36. She also had the fastest closing 50m 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 American Games 'A' standard time of 1:11.11 and was under the World Championships 'B' standard of 1:09.79.
Competing in the C final, Roman recorded a season-best and the second fastest time of her career when she stopped the clock at 1:13.32 (split time 34.71). With that effort she finished third in the C final. She was again under the Pan American Games qualifying '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 Atkinson and Roman were members of the 2015 Pan American Games 400m medley relay team that set the current national mark of 4:14.58, where Atkinson swam the breaststroke leg and Roman anchored with freestyle.