HASA swimmers shine at IMX meetThe Hudson Area Swim Association (HASA) sent four swimmers to the IMX Championship in Hutchinson, Minn., November 20. The IMX program is a series of events designed to help various age groups compete in multiple strokes and distances, rather than specialize too early.
The Hudson Area Swim Association (HASA) sent four swimmers to the IMX Championship in Hutchinson, Minn., Nov. 20.
The IMX program (also known as the IM Xtreme Challenge) is a series of events designed to help various age groups compete in multiple strokes and distances, rather than specialize too early. All the strokes are included and scores are calculated using a power point system for each age group, with swimmers receiving power points from each of their swims. Points are then tallied and the swimmer with the most points wins.
Once the swimmer has completed the IMX program of events, he or she can find out where their IMX score ranks nationally. To qualify for the championship, swimmers needed to have a base score of 1,200 power points.
Maria Blinkman and Zach Aherns both competed in the 11/12-year-old age group with each swimming the 500 yard freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. Blinkman finished in eighth place overall in her girls age group.
Shane Blinkman and Cale Blinkman both competed in the men’s 9/10 age group, with Cale taking second place overall in his division. He took first place in the 100 backstroke, second place in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley, third place in the 200 freestyle, and a seventh place in the 100 butterfly.
HASA is a Western Wisconsin swim club that trains competitive swimmers in a fun environment while promoting sportsmanship and athlete success. For more information, go to www.hudsonswimteam.org or find them on Facebook.