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Eleven Water Devils advance to provincials

Tyler Waugh

The Hinton Water Devils hit a high water mark  for the season last week at regionals, with 11 swimmers earning spots at provincials and the team earning an award for most average points per swimmer.

Coach Haeley Lowe says she believes that’s the first time since 1991 Hinton has claimed that trophy for what she called an impressive competition for the Water Devils.

“I’m very impressed, but not at all surprised by the results. They have worked their butts off for me this season,” Lowe said.
“The energy our team carried at regionals was a big part of their success as well.”

Hinton’s 13 swimmers entered a total of 55 events at the regionals held in Edmonton, and of those 55 events 49 resulted in finals appearances and 35 qualifying swims for provincials.

Team members also established new standards for themselves, with 42 personal best times in various events.

Twin sisters Ashley and Rachel Blais completed clean sweeps of their four individual events in the girls 11 & 12 category. 

Ashley won the 100m back, the 200m individual medley, the 50m free and the 100m free. Rachel won the 100m fly, 100m individual medley, 50m fly and the 400m free.

Logan Laflamme came close to managing the same feat in the boys 13 & 14 category, finishing first in the 50m free, 50m fly, 100m fly and finished second in the 50m breast.

Lauren Coté continued her solid season in the girls 13 & 14 category as well with a pair of wins in the 50m free and the 100m breast, while grabbing second spot in both the 50m and 100m free events.

Emery Sigsworth managed to find the podium in each of her four swims in the girls 9 & 10 category. She finished first in the 50m back and 50m free, second in the 25m back and third in the 25m fly.

Alan Vergara finished in the top three all his races in the boys 13 & 14 category. He earned top spot in the 100m back, second in each of the 50m back and the 100m free and third in the 50m free.

Gavin Norman finished third in his 100m free race in the boys 15 – 17 category. He also had a fourth place finish in the 100m back and 50m back, as well as seventh in the 50m free.

Mya Robinson earned a fourth in the girls 15 – 17 100m back, a fifth in the 100m individual medley, a sixth in the 50m back and a seventh in the 50m fly.

Ashley King came away with a fourth-place finish in the 50m free in the girls 13 & 14 category, as well as a fifth in the 50m breast and a seventh in the 100m free.

Annelise Litke had a top finish of fifth in the 200m free in the girls 15 – 17 category, along with a sixth in the 100m fly, a seventh in the 400m free and a 12th in the 50m fly.

Maya Maurik earned a fifth in the girls 15 – 17 100m free, a sixth in the 50m fly, and eighth place in both the 50m free and the 50m back.

Max Testo competed in the boys 7 & 8 category and earned a fifth in the 50m back, an eighth in the 50m free, an eighth in the 25m free and an 11th in the 25m back.

The foursome of the Blais sisters, Coté and King teamed up for a first place finish in the 200m medley relay for girls 14 & under.

The Blais sisters also teamed up with Vergara and Laflamme to earn first in the 14 & under 200m free relay.

Vergara and Laflamme teamed up with Robinson and Maurik to win the 17 & under 200m medley relay.

Coté, Litke, King and Robinson finished fourth in the girls 17 & under free relay.