Blake Kingston will wear the swim cap of the UNB Reds as he makes the jump to the university circuit this fall.
The 11-year veteran of the Charlottetown Bluephins Aquatic Club has signed a letter of intent to join UNB for the 2020-21 Atlantic University Sport (AUS) season.
The 18-year-old Charlottetown native, who is finishing Grade 12 at Colonel Gray High School, specializes in the 400-metre individual medley (IM) and 200-metre breaststroke.
“I’m a hard worker, and I’ll bring an energetic attitude to every practice,” said Kingston. “I have a strong commitment to pursuing my own goals and also helping my teammates achieve theirs. I have an ability to communicate in an intelligent and articulate manner, which helps me be a leader.”
With the Bluephins, Kingston has been part of three provincial record-setting relay team efforts and earned the silver medal in the men’s 400 IM at the 2020 David Fry Nova Scotia Long Course Championships.
“Blake is a welcome addition to our men’s team,” said Reds’ head coach Marta Belsh. “With breaststroke as a speciality of his, it will allow us to put a strong relay together. I’m looking forward to seeing his performance grow and seeing him make his mark at conference meets.”
Kingston swam with Bluephins’ elite national development group in 2019 and was part of Team P.E.I. at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg.
He will study engineering in Fredericton, N.B.
“The quality of the engineering program really appealed to me and was one of the major reasons I chose UNB,” said Kingston. “I wanted a school that was known for success and competitiveness, and UNB met my expectations. I’m excited to represent them this year.”