Four Inconnu swimmers headed to Nationals this summer

Inconnu swimmers (L-R): Brittany Welsh, Alex Hedges, Eric Louie, and Skyeler Kerr with coach Jason Brockman. Photo by Chris Newton

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Four Inconnu swimmers will be headed to the Canadian Age Group Nationals next week, with another headed to the Canadian Swimming Championships during the first week in August.

Skyeler Kerr, Eric Louie, Brittany Welsh, and Alex Hedges will be competing at Age Group Nationals in Calgary, July 27th to August 1st. Hedges is set to compete in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle and Butterfly swims. Welsh is also swimming in four events: the 200m Freestyle, as well as the 50m, 100m, and 200m Backstroke events. Louie qualified for seven, but will swim in six races: the 50m, 100m, and 200m Breaststroke, the 50&100 metre Butterfly races, and the 50m Freestyle. Kerr will compete in a whopping eight events.

Two weeks ago, Louie and Welsh swam at the AAA Long Course Provincials in Victoria, where Welsh set a new Inconnu record for girls 15 and over in the 200 metre backstroke. This will be Louie and Hedges’ first trip to Age Group Nationals, while Welsh will be making her fourth trip and will be giving her team-mates helpful pointers to help deal with the excitement. The three swimmers have been training less intensively in lead-up to the swim meet next week, compared to prior to Provincials. As Louie and Welsh explained, the less-intense training regime is meant to focus more on fine-tuning the swimmers’ techniques, as opposed to their earlier endurance training. Welsh says that the swimmers have been swimming half the normal number of metres in training, so that the trio aren’t overly-tired upon arrival in Calgary.

The following week, Skyeler Kerr is off to Edmonton to compete at the Canadian Senior Nationals, August 4th – 7th. This will be the second major event this season for Kerr, who competed at the Olympic trials in Toronto back in April. He’ll be swimming this time around in the 50m and 100m Freestyle and Butterfly races, as well as the 50m Backstroke, Kerr says that he needs to become a true morning person in order to achieve success at the meet, due to all of the qualifying heats for each final happening the morning.