HASA’s Blinkmans shine at Iowa meetHudson Area Swim Association 10-year-old Cale Blinkman set a new Minnesota State Swimming record in the 50-yard backstroke at a competition in Charles City, Iowa, Jan. 7-8.
Hudson Area Swim Association 10-year-old Cale Blinkman set a new Minnesota State Swimming record in the 50-yard backstroke at a competition in Charles City, Iowa, Jan. 7-8.
Blinkman set the record with a time of 29.91 seconds the day before his 11th birthday. The old record was 29.95 seconds.
Blinkman and his twin brother, Shane, swam in a combined 15 individual events throughout the weekend. Shane placed first in the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke, 50 butterfly, and 100 butterfly and second in the 50 backstroke. He has recently set four Minnesota state records of his own.
Cale placed first in the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke, and the 100 individual medley, and second place in the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and 50 breaststroke. If the boys were swimming in the same events, one would take first place and the other would take second place.
The boys are the only brothers who currently hold records within Minnesota Swimming Inc. Between the two, they broke five of the 12 available records for 10-year-old boys this year. The only other related record holders within the state of Minnesota are siblings Kaela and Kris Humphries, sister and brother from Minneapolis, who each set several records when each were 10 years old, in 1994 and 1995, respectively.
HASA currently has 90 swimmers on the team, ranging in ages from 6 to 22 and skills from beginner to the elite swimmers, and expects the team to grow in size with the upcoming summer Olympics. HASA is the feeder club for the Hudson Raiders boys and girls swim teams and trains year round at the Hudson Middle School Pool.
For more information, go to www.hudsonswimteam.org.