National Teams

Senior National Team

Eric Hedlin

  • Age 30
  • Height 185.42 cm / 6 ftin
  • Club UVic Pacific Coast Swimming
  • Coach Ryan Clouston
  • Previous Coaches Randy Bennett, Ron Jacks
  • Hometown San Diego, CA
  • Residence Victoria, BC
  • Event 5000 FR

National Team Highlights

Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships1
Tokyo 2018 Pan Pacific Championships11

Eric’s Bio

  • Finished 31st in 10-kilometre open water marathon and 26th in the 5-km at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. He was also part of the 4×1,500 mixed relay that finished 10th, higher than Canada had ever placed before.
  • At the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships, Hedlin captured bronze in the 5-km open water race. Hedlin was also a member of the mixed 5-km relay that finished 13th.
  • At the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, Eric Hedlin captured silver in the 10-km open water race. He also finished eighth in the 1500-m freestyle.
  • Hedlin won gold in the 10-km race at the 2018 UANA Open Water Swimming Championships in the Cayman Islands.
  • Hedlin earned bronze in the 1500-m freestyle at the 2022 Bell Canadian Swimming Trials. His performance qualified him for a spot on the 2022 FINA World Championships team.
  • At the 2019 Canadian Open Water Swimming Trials, Hedlin finished third in the 10-km race, qualifying him for his fourth FINA World Championships.
  • In 2018, Hedlin won Swimming Canada’s Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year.
  • At the 2017 FINA World Championships, Hedlin finished 14th in the 5-km open water race. He was also a member of the mixed 5-km open water relay team that finished 11th.
  • At the 2017 Canadian Swimming Trials, Hedlin won the 1,500-m freestyle event under the FINA A qualifying time, but declined the spot in order to focus on open water.
  • At the 2017 U Sports Swimming Championships in Sherbrooke, QC, Hedlin brought home gold medals in the 400-m and 1,500-m freestyle events, both in personal best times.
  • He qualified for the 2017 worlds by finishing fourth in the 2016 FINA 10-km World Cup in Lac St-Jean
  • He also was selected to represent Canada at the 2017 FISU Universiade in Taipei.
  • At the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Hedlin earned himself a ninth-place finish in the 10km open water event.
  • At the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, he finished 56th.
  • Finished 29th in the FINA World Cup race in Cozumel to qualify for the 2015 Pan Am Games and FINA World Championships. Hedlin just missed qualifying for the 1,500-m freestyle when he finished third at the World Championships Trials in Victoria, placing behind Ryan Cochrane and Will Brothers in maybe the most exciting race of the event.
  • He became the third-fastest Canadian ever in the men’s 1,500-metre freestyle at the Trials, unfortunately for him his High Performance Centre – Victoria teammates Cochrane and Brothers grabbed the two available spots on the national team.
  • Hedlin made an auspicious FINA World Championships debut in 2013 by winning a silver medal in the 5-km race in Barcelona.
  • Hedlin says staying focused is the key to open-water swimming. He also says no amount of training in the pool can prepare someone for the battle when 30 swimmers make the turn around the buoy in an open- water event.
  • Born in Calgary, and raised in San Diego, Calif., Hedlin returned to Canada after high school to further his swimming career at High Performance Centre – Victoria.
  • Away from the pool Hedlin enjoys cliff jumping.
Quick Facts
  • Twitter: @IAmEricHedlin
  • Favourite music: Electronic
  • Favourite Band: Seven Lions
  • Most embarrassing music on his iPod: Star Wars movie soundtrack
  • Favourite movie: Star Wars Rogue One
  • Favourite Book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Favourite TV Show: The Office
  • Favourite Website: YouTube
  • Music Behind the Blocks: Vocal Trance
  • Pre-race meal: Spaghetti
  • Other Sports: Baseball
  • Superhero: Elon Musk

Eric’s Personal Bests

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200m Freestyle Laps25mU Sports ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Freestyle Laps25mU Sports- Championnat canadien universitaireRELAY
1500m Freestyle25mU Sports- Championnat canadien universitaire
800m Freestyle25mU Sports- Championnat canadien universitaireSPLIT
400m Freestyle25mU Sports- Championnat canadien universitaire
200m Freestyle25mU Sports- Championnat canadien universitaire
50m Butterfly Laps50mSpeedo Western Canadian OpenRELAY1
400m Medley50mSpeedo Western Canadian Open1
100m Freestyle25mBennett CupRELAY
50m Butterfly Laps25mBennett CupRELAY
200m Backstroke25mBennett Cup
100m Backstroke25mBennett CupRELAY
200m Medley25mBennett Cup
50m Freestyle Laps50mWestern Canadian ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Backstroke50mWestern Canadian Championships
400m Medley25m12th Annual PCS Xmas Cracker Invitational Meet
50m Freestyle25m12th Annual PCS Xmas Cracker Invitational MeetRELAY
100m Freestyle50mFran Crippen Memorial Meet
200m Freestyle50mCanadian Swimming Trials
200m Backstroke50mSwim BC Open (LC)
100m Butterfly25mSFU Clan Cup International
50m Freestyle Laps25mIsland pacific CupRELAY1
100m Butterfly Laps25mIsland pacific CupRELAY1
800m Freestyle50mXXVII Universiade
400m Freestyle50mXXVII Universiade
1500m Freestyle50mWorld Championships Trials
50m Butterfly25mCanada West University Championships
200m Butterfly50mSwimBC Senior Championships
200m Medley50mCoupe Canada / Coupe Quebec1
200m Butterfly25mWestern Canadian Championships
100m Butterfly50mGrand Prix
50m Butterfly50mTeam Aquatic Supplies BC Senior Championships
50m Freestyle50mTeam Aquatic Supplies BC Senior Championships
100m Butterfly Laps50mSummer NationalsRELAY1
200m Freestyle Laps50mSummer NationalsRELAY1
100m Freestyle Laps50mTAS SwimBC 2011 Long Course AAA ChampionshipsRELAY