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A trio of Hinton Water Devils brought their ‘A’ game to the Swim Alberta Summer Championships in Edmonton.
The championships – held July 4 – 7 at the Kinsmen Pool – featured mostly swimmers who train year round, but locals Logan Laflamme, and sisters Ashley and Rachel Blais all qualified based on times posted in their summer swim season.
The trio were among 20 competitors chosen from among 4,000 athletes in the Alberta Summer Swimming Association (ASSA) to form an all-star squad at the meet.
All three set personal best times in multiple individual disciplines, rising to the challenge of competing against the province’s best young swimmers.
Laflamme, who competed in the boys 13 and under category, posted new best times in the 100m fly (one minute, 16.55 seconds), the 50m free (28.35 seconds), the 100m free (one minute, 4.95 seconds) and the 50m fly (32.05 seconds).
His top finish was seventh in the 50m free, and he also anchored the ASSA team to a fifth-place finish in the 200m medley relay. Laflamme also competed in the 50m breast.
Ashley Blais, who competed in the girls 12 and under category, set new personal best times in the 100m back (1:17.04), 50m free (29.81), 100m free (1:05.83) and the 200m individual medley (2:51.40).
She had two top-10 finishes with an eighth place in the 50m free and 10th in the 100m free.
She also competed in the 200m free, the 50m back and both the 400m free relay and the 200m medley relay.
Rachel Blais, also in the girls 12 and under category, set new personal best times in three of her individual races including the 100m fly (1:18.63), the 200m individual medley (2:51.20) and the 50m back (36.37).
Her top finish was 18th in the 100m fly, but also had an eighth-place finish as part of the ASSA 200m free relay team.
She also competed in the 200m free and the 100m free races.
With the Swim Alberta event over and done, the Hinton Water Devils set their sights on the remaining ASSA meet schedule in Region B.
Next up on the list is the St. Albert Sailfish Invitational, a two-day meet taking place July 12 – 13.
That is followed the next weekend by the Stony Plain Sharks Invitational and the last scheduled meet before the regional championships is the Spruce Grove Barracuda Invititational on July 27.
The Region B championship swim takes place Aug. 10 in Edmonton and those who qualify for provincials will return to Edmonton the following weekend.