Eric and Cameron Louie Medal for Inconnu in Edmonton

Jessica Baccante

The Fort St. John Inconnu Swim Club sent nine swimmers to compete in the 2019 Vivos J.P. Fiset Invitational. The meet hosted almost 300 swimmers, who competed at the Kinsmen centre in the heart of Edmonton over the four day event.

The weekend was a great success for our athletes — Viggo Pedersen (13), Grayson Louie (13), Frankie Woods (12), Julien Kemp (13), Ethan Scoullar (13), Owen Lang (14), Alex McDonald (14), Cameron Louie (15), and Eric Louie (17) — who swam seven events each.

Grayson Louie, Frankie Woods, and Alex McDonald each achieved best times in all of their events.

Grayson is our most recent Age Group Provincial qualifier. He qualified in the 50m, 100m, 200m, and 400m freestyle races, and the 200m Individual Medley.

Julien Kemp attended Age Group Provincials last year as a 12-year-old and re-qualified again at 13.

“The qualifying times get faster as you get older and bigger,” Coach Norah Vogan said. “B.C. changes the times every year as well, so even if you think you’ve qualified for the next year, sometimes it’s not the case.”

Inconnu didn’t just go home with qualifying times, however. Eric Louie took home two medals, as well as a club record in the 50m butterfly. He set the record in the finals on Friday night, December 13, with a time of 25:50 seconds.

Cameron Louie secured a silver medal in the 50m freestyle Sunday night, touching the wall in 24.77 seconds.

This swim meet is an event our club looks forward to every year. This year Grayson Louie, Frankie Woods, and Viggo Pedersen were first-timers in our club to attend JP Fiset.

“Last year we sent six of our swimmers. Next year we hope to send even more!” Vogan said.