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Inconnus win seven medals at Peace River meet

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Young swimmers practice their butterfly at the North Peace Leisure pool under the watchful eye of Inconnu Swim Club instructors last month.

Inconnu Swim Club’s developmental swimmers had a big weekend in Peace River on Jan. 12 and 13 when they headed to Alberta to compete in the Peace River Wahoos 17th Annual Invitational Swim Meet.

Twenty Inconnu swimmers of all ages took part in the annual meet and returned with seven aggregate medals.

“It was a very nice swim meet to attend,” said Inconnu swim coach Steve Sadownik. “Peace River was really friendly and they run a great meet every year. It’s very good for our developmental swimmers.”

“As a developmental meet I was really happy with the kids’ performances. They’re coming along quite strongly and it was a good experience.”

Some Inconnus were out with the flu bug and were unable to attend, but those who did travel represented the club well and helped the team finish fourth overall out of seven clubs with 454 points.

“The younger swimmers like Brooklyn Brown, she really stood out,” Sadownik said. “All of our novice kids, for being relatively new, did an excellent job. They’re learning the ropes of the swim meets. To them it’s all a new process. They’re going through the marshalling and swimming new events or distances they haven’t swam before and are handling it really well.”

Brown won a gold medal in the Girls 8 & Under category, while in the Girls 11 & 12 Britanny Welsh came home with a gold and Emma Murdock a bronze.

Inconnu’s boys also performed strongly, with Ty Haugan winning silver and Owen Lang bringing home a bronze in the Boys 8 & Under category. In the 11 & 12 age group Tate Haugan won gold, and in 15 & Over Daymin Acheson finished with a silver medal.

“Peace River in the dead of winter isn’t a big draw, but they went and they enjoyed themselves and had a good time. I was really pleased,” Sadownik added.

“I got to know some of the younger swimmers that I don’t necessarily coach on a regular basis, so that was good for me to see some of the young, up-and-coming talent in our club.”

Next up for Inconnu is the AA Provincial Championship in Surrey, Feb. 8 – 10 which will have roughly 12 swimmers competing, followed by the Western Canadian Championships Feb. 14 – 17 in Saskatoon.


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