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Swimming: Blevins wins open water debut

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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Before plunging into the water at Lewisville Lake Sunday morning, Allie Blevins held a little apprehension about her first open water race.

“I couldn’t see in the water. I thought I’d freak out but I didn’t,” said the Decatur senior.

Blevins had no issues, winning the 1,500-meter open water swim at the Open Water Swim Challenge and Aquathon in Little Elm in 19 minutes and 22 seconds. She beat second place by 51 seconds.

“I just thought I’d won the women’s race, but then found out it was overall,” Blevins said. “I’d never swam [a race] in the lake. It was different, but I liked it.”

Blevins garnered four regional medals in the pool in the spring. She also won the District 6-5A title in the 500.

Before Sunday’s race, she received a few pointers from veteran triathlete Mike Bowers.

She liked the freedom of the open water swim as compared to the pool.

“In meets there’s so many rules and you have judges watching you,” Blevins said. “With this, if you get tired you can just tread water. There’s not as much pressure.”

Blevins said it helped that the water was mostly calm Sunday.

She added that the hard part was leaving Decatur early in the morning to get to Little Elm at 5:30 a.m.

Blevins will be back in competition this weekend at long course championships in Lewisville. She is planning to compete in a meet in Mississippi at the beginning of August.

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