The Inconnu Swim Club will have nine swimmers in Edmonton for the 2019 J.P. Fiset Swim Meet this weekend, December 12 to 15. For three of those swimmers — Viggo Pedersen, Frankie Woods and Grayson Louie — it will be their first time competing at the popular meets alongside their older teammates.
The entire group of swimmers that’s going, which includes Cameron Louie, Owen Lang, Alex McDonald, Eric Louie, Frankie Woods, and Ethan Scoullar, is having a great first half of the swim season, and through two meets (Grande Prairie and Fort St. John), new Inconnu head coach Curtis Robinson couldn’t be happier with the group’s progress so far.
“The progress I’ve seen has been outstanding. The kids are swimming way better than I expected, and they’re ready to put the work in each day and swim fast,” said Robinson.
Robinson, who moved here from Sacramento in April, is still getting used to not only living in Canada, but also coaching a team in a more isolated area. As a result, he sees an opportunity for the swimmers to experience a lot of new things, like bigger and faster meets, and competing in bigger cities. His goals this weekend in Edmonton and throughout the rest of the season are to see them improve their technique, and continue to set best times, with opportunities to qualify for Olympic Trials in the new year.
Cameron Louie, 15, is fresh off an outstanding performance in Fort St. John where he finished first in four of his eight distances.
“I’m starting this season off a lot better than last year. I’m starting to make some personal bests, and I’m looking to make the A final in each event in Edmonton, and qualify for the Western Canadian Championships and nationals later in the season,” Louie said.
Robinson is excited to see his swimmers continue to improve at meets, and to see how the newcomers do in the bigger environment of a swim meet like J.P Fiset.
“This will be a great experience with them, as they’ll be in the group with the older swimmers by this time next year. This is a good chance for them to continue to grow and improve.”
Both Grayson and Cameron Louie, as well as Pedersen were named Inconnu Swimmers of the Month for their age divisions in October. It’s not hard to imagine them and the rest of their teammates receiving more of these honours as the season goes by.
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