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Fort St. John’s Inconnu Swim Club had two swimmers taking part in nationals in Toronto earlier this month and it was evident based on their efforts that they deserved to be there. Skyeler Kerr, and Benjamin Blackmon set personal best times in their events while seeing how they stacked up to the country’s best at the 2015 Canadian Swimming Trials.

Inconnu coach Jason Brockman was with the duo in Toronto and was proud of how they represented the club at the meet.

“They showed overall really, really well,” he said. “What they had personally set for their goals they achieved. Ben was really surprised with his ability that he achieved his goal time that he looked to do as well as his yearly goal of making a second swim at senior nationals. It’s quite an accomplishment for our club and for someone from this community. It’s the first since the inception of our club that we’ve had someone make it to that level. Skyeler Kerr performed a personal best time in his 50 fly and really mastered down his specific race skills. That was good to see as well.”

This time around Blackmon noted a significant difference in the calibre of swimmers compared to his previous trip to nationals.

“It was definitely different from the last time I went to nationals because the level of competition was higher because next year is the Olympic trial year. Everybody was there performing at their best. It was a high stakes competition.”

The exposure to the national stage is something that Kerr welcomed as it provided a different perspective on the sport seeing other elite swimmers.

“It was a good experience,” he said. “It’s always a good eye opening experience to see all of the top competitors all across Canada and be able to race against them. To be able to see what they do and learn their style and habits and adapt to a different kind of environment than what we’re normally use to is always nice.”

Next up for the Inconnu Swim Club is a meet in Prince George this weekend. 23 local swimmers will be attending the event.

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