Swimming: Blevins caps career

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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In her final race, Decatur’s Allie Blevins cut two seconds off her qualifying time in the 500 freestyle at the University Interscholastic League swimming championships in Austin.

Blevins swam a 5:22.39 in prelims Friday to finish 18th among the 5A qualifiers.

“I cut off time and that was my main goal,” Blevins said. “I didn’t expect to get top eight. I was hoping to make the top 16.

“It was a lot different environment. The natatorium is a lot bigger. I recognized so many swimmers and ones that had swam in the trials.”

Blevins wrapped up a decorated high-school career in the pool that included several district and regional medals over four years. She was a region silver medalist in the 500 as a junior. This year, she finished fourth at regionals and received a call-up with her time of 5:24.59 – the fifth-best among non-automatic qualifiers.

“I was expecting regionals to be the last [race],” she said. “This was a lot better ending than at regionals. I just wish my whole team could have been with me.

“It’s bittersweet. It was a good ride and a lot of fun.”

With her high-school career over, Blevins plans to take a break before starting to train to compete in open-water competitions.

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