VICTORIA, B.C. – Seven athletes from the Inconnu swim team were in Victoria last week, competing in the Swim BC ‘AAA’ Long Course Provincial Championships.
For four of the team’s seven athletes, this was their first time competing at the Swim BC AAA Long Course provincial level of competition. After an intense five days of swimming, the club ended up placing 27th out of 45 teams at the swim meet. Two of the athletes placed in the top 8 “A” Final, while members of the team placed in the top 16 “B” Final in their events.
Brittany Welsh won gold in the Girls 14-15 age group 50m backstroke, and silver in the 100m. Welsh also qualified to compete at the Canadian age group Nationals in Calgary later this summer in the 200m Backstroke. Eric Louie narrowly missed the podium in the 14-15 Boys 50m Butterfly, where he placed 4th.
In total, the swimmers set six new club records at the competition:
- Jayden Forster in the 15 & over girls 200m Breaststroke with a time of 2:53.17.
- Brittany Welsh in the 15 & over girls 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:23.27.
- Cameron Louie in the 11-12 boys 200m Breaststroke with a 3:12.58.
- The 11-12 Boys relay team consisting of Owen Lang, Alexander McDonald, Tytan Carson, and Cameron Louie set club records in the 4x50m Freestyle and Medley relays, as well as a first time record ever established in the 4×100 Freestyle relay. The team swam a 2:06.07 in the 200m Freestyle relay, a 2:22.74 in the 200m Medley, and a 4:50.67 in the 400m Freestyle.
At the open water competition at Thetis Lake on Monday, July 11th, Brittany Welsh and Jayden Forster competed in their first-ever 5km open water swim.
The next big event for the team will see Kierra Semeniuk, Nicolas Eyles, David Shipalesky, and Cameron Louie representing Inconnu as part of the Caribou Region at the BC Summer Games beginning July 21st in Abbotsford.