REPORTING · 8th February 2012
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat Marlins Swim Club sent a small but strong group of swimmers to the Northwest Regional Swim Championships in Prince Rupert over the weekend. With all 16 Marlins placing in the top 6 in multiple individual events and Medley and Free Relay wins in the 12 and under girls, 12 and under boys and 14 and under girls the Marlins were able to place 2nd in overall points. Prince Rupert Rapids swim club with over double the swimmers as the Marlins competing finished first while Bulkley Valley Otters finished 3rd and Terrace Bluebacks Swim Club finished 4th respectively.
Taking the silver medal for overall points in the 12 and under girls category was Alivia Salema (11) Highlighting her racing was her first ever 1500 meter freestyle. Her time in this gruelling event currently ranks her 2nd in BC for 11 year old girls.
Taking the gold medal for overall points in the 12 and under girls category was Kleanza Cathers (12). Kleanza dominated the division with 1st place finishes in all six of her individual races. Highlighting her racing was also the 1500 meter freestyle. She improved her time by 1 minute and 40 seconds from her
previous best done this year and ranked 7th in BC among 12 year old girls. 1500 meters is the Olympic distance swum in triathlons. Both Alivia and Kleanza’s times in this distance would put most adult triathletes to shame!
In the 13-14 girls division Paige Collier celebrated her 14th birthday during the swim meet by dominating the division with 1st place finishes in 6 out of 7 of her races and taking the gold medal for overall points.
Arthur Firmino (18) had a breakthrough meet in many of his races including the biggest one swim drop out of any Marlin, a 2 minute improvement in the 800 freestyle. Firmino took the bronze medal for overall points in the 15 and over boys category.
Hayden Dobbin (12) had an excellent swim meet with some big improvements including a 23 second improvement in his 200 Individual Medley. Dobbin took home his first regional medal with a bronze medal in the 12 and under boys category.
First year swimmer Brander Pacheco had an exceptional meet with some big improvements including the 100 meter backstroke where he qualified for the AA Provincial Championships in Chilliwack in
a couple of weeks. “It is very rare for swimmers to qualify for Provincials in their first season of swimming.” “ He has worked hard and made big improvements on his technique and speed in a short amount of time” says coach Jason Cathers.
Five swimmers with the Marlins did the tough task of setting new personal best times in all sevon of their races. They were Julia Pirosa (14), Raychel Davies (12), Morgan Nichol (11), Madison Szmata (10) and Nolan Striker (10).
Next swim meet for the Marlns, swimmers Paige Collier, Alivia Salema, Brander Pacheco, and Amanda Craft will be attending the AA Provincial Championships in Chilliwack in a few weeks.
Comment by Kerri on 10th February 2012
So, proud of these kids they are doing so well!