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Powerful finish at meet

Ashleigh Allen (click for larger version)
March 02, 2011 - Ashleigh Allen swam her way to first place in January.

The fifth-grader from Independence Elementary finished in 1:17.42 in the 100-yard breaststroke for the finish during the Mid-States 14 and Under All Star Championships at Indiana University against the top swimmers in the nation.

"She did great," said mom, Lynn. "She was very pleased on how she turned out. It was a great experience for her."

Ashleigh was one of the chosen swimmers to represent Team Michigan for the 10 and under age group. She is one of the top four in the state for her age group for each of her chosen events.

"It was fun traveling to a different state to swim," said Ashleigh. "I made a lot of new friends that I now see and swim against at local meets. I would love to do it again next year."

She competed in eight events at the championship including two relays. She finished third in the 50-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual relay; seventh in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle and 13th in the 100-yard butterfly.

Ashleigh was a natural in the pool beginning as a baby and began swimming competitively for fun when she was 4-years-old. At the age of age she started competitive USA swimming.

She also plays tennis, dances and is in gymnastics.

"Swimming is her favorite," said Lynn. "First or last place it doesn't matter. She just loves it."

"We are very proud of Ashleigh," said Lynn, dad, Michael, and little sister, Meghan. "Her hard work, dedication, great attitude and good coaching are showing great results in the pool."

The Mid-States Quad meet is an All-Star meet with Team Michigan, Team Indiana, Team Kentucky and Team Lake Erie/Ohio.

This was the first year for Team Michigan.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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