The Inconnu Swim Club was well represented at the 2015 Canadian Swimming Championships in Quebec City and Pointe Claire. Four swimmers were in the pool in Quebec City, and two made it through to compete at the higher stakes Pointe Claire event.
The Quebec City meet was age groups championships according to Inconnu swimmer Skyeler Kerr, while the meet in Point Claire was an open age event with higher qualification time needed to compete.
In the first meet Kerr finished in first place in the 50 metre backstroke and in the process set a club record at 27.61, and earned his second 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials cut time.
“The biggest expectations going into the meet were to end off the season on a high note, try to get some best times and see how we’re stacked up against the rest of the country getting ready for trials next season,” he said.
Inconnu simmer Brittany Welsh was also at the event. She admitted that the year leading up to nationals had been frustrating, but a strong effort had her in a more positive frame of mind after the meet concluded.
“For the past little bit I haven’t been doing very good at my meets so I just wanted to have a solid swim meet. I’m very happy with how I did there. I felt a lot better at this meet physically and mentally,” she said.
The two other Inconnu swimmers in the pool in Quebec City were Ben Blackmon and Cale Murdoch. Blackmon took third place in the 200 metre backstroke, and Murdoch swam in his first age group final in the 200 metre freestyle where he finished in tenth.
At the Pointe Claire meet Kerr and Blackmon were back in the pool. Kerr moved up the ranks in the 50m and 100m butterfly from what he was placed going into the competitions.
Blackmon meanwhile qualified for the B final in his best event the 200 metre breaststroke placing 15th and made his first B final at the national level in the 100 metre breaststroke placing 19th overall. He swam to a personal best time in the 200 IM event and establishing a new club record in the process with a time of 2:14.14.