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Blinkman twins swim at Junior Nationals

Cale Blinkman of Hudson, left, Abbi Schwartz of Forest Lake, Shane Blinkman of Hudson and Alivia Lindorfer of North St. Paul represented the St. Croix Swim Club at the USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior Nationals at the University of Iowa Dec. 6-9. Photo courtesy of Laura Blinkman

Twin brothers Cale and Shane Blinkman, 16, represented the St. Croix Swim Club at the USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior Nationals at the University of Iowa Dec. 6-9.

Shane Blinkman finished first in the 200 yard individual medley to become the Junior National champion for the western half of the United States. There was a second identical meet run at the same time at the University of Tennessee, where swimmers from the eastern half of the USA attended.

Shane also finished 24th in the 200 yard backstroke, 19th in the 100 yard backstroke, 12th in the 200 yard breaststroke, and seventh in the 100 yard breaststroke. He recently received an award from USA Swimming for having the top time in the country in 2016 for the 200 yard Individual Medley for all 15 year old boys.

Cale Blinkman, who qualified for Junior Nationals the week prior during a meet at the University of Minnesota, managed to swim personal best times in the 100 yard breaststroke and the 200 yard breaststroke. He also swam the 100 yard backstroke.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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