GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Inconnu Swim Team sent 38 swimmers to their first competition of the season in Grande Prairie last weekend.
Prior to the meet the previous weekend, the swim team had only been swimming for 6 weeks, and had also lost one of those weeks after the lap pool in Fort St. John was closed.
New head coach Steve Carson said that the club used the first month of the season to develop the swimmers’ skills and techniques with low-intensity training, and that the results were overwhelmingly positive. Cameron Louie broke a club record in the 50 metre Freestyle Boys aged 11-12 which had stood for five years. Louie’s fast swim qualified him for the 50m Freestyle Eliminator at the end of the meet. In the eliminator and competing against older boys, Louie was bested none other than his brother, Eric Louie.
The team of Kade Schwarz, Cameron Louie, Tytan Carson, and Jakob Bergen broke another club record in the 200m medley relay, taking over 2 seconds off the previous mark.
Julien Kemp, Cameron Louie and Eric Louie all took home the first place aggregate in their respective age groups, while Tytan Carson and Griffin Ternier-Smith placed second in their age groups.
“We had the majority of the swimmers competing very well and achieving many best times,” said Carson. “This early in our season it was very surprising to see some results like this. This would indicate to our coaching staff that a lot of what we are doing right now has been very beneficial to our athletes. This is fantastic for the club, as we have had numerous coaching changes over the summer. I am extremely excited for all the athletes to see what heights this season may bring them.”
The Inconnu swim team is headed back in the pool to train hard ahead of their next meet. Several of the team’s swimmers are off to Prince George this coming weekend to compete at the Prince George Fall Invitational.