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The Kitimat Marlins swim club sent 4 swimmers as part of team Points North
NEWS RELEASE · 17th February 2012
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat Marlins swim club sent 4 swimmers as part of team Points North (Kitimat, Smithers, Terrace and Rupert) to the AA Provincial Championships in Chilliwack over the weekend. Over 350 AA Provincial swimmers were in attendance. Swimmers become eligible for AA Provincial swim championships by reaching the AA time standard in at least one event and are ineligible if they have one or more AAA qualifying time (the highest Provincial level). This leads to some incredible close fun racing. The Marlins swimmers were up to the task as all four swimmers swam to 100 % personal best times and made huge improvements in most of their events. The four swimmers combined for a whopping 13 medals.

Alivia Salema (11) competing in the 11 year old girl category lead the way with three gold medals and three AAA Provincial qualifying times. She had the biggest one swim improvement out of the four marlins competing with a 39 second drop in the 800 freestyle on her way from a come from behind victory and her first AAA qualifying time. She also took the gold in the 400 freestyle and the 400 Individual Medley again coming from behind and reaching the AAA qualifying standard in both. With her qualifying swims Alivia will be competing at the AAA Provincial Championships in three weeks time in Surrey. Alivia also made finals (top 8) in the 100 backstroke finishing eighth.

Brander Pacheco (13) competing in the 13 year old boy category took home an impressive 5 medals. Making this feat even more incredible is that Brander only started swimming competitively in September and qualified by a mere 10th of a second in the 100 backstroke only two weeks earlier at the Northwest swimming championships in Prince Rupert. At the AA champs Brander took off a large 4 more seconds off the 100 backstroke to win the event. He also improved in the 200 backstroke by an amazing 26 seconds again winning the gold medal. In the 100 meter butterfly, a race he just tried for the first time 2 weeks ago in Prince Rupert he dropped another jaw dropping 13 seconds from his old time to win the silver medal. Brander also helped the 14 and under boys Points North medley and free relay two double bronze medals. He also placed 8th in the 50 meter freestyle.

Paige Collier (14) competing in the 14 year old girl category had a 4 medal performance. In the 800 freestyle Paige had her biggest improvement with a 23 second drop from her old best time in a bronze medal performance. She also took home the bronze medals in the 400 and 200 meter freestyle also in large improvements from her old personal best times. Paige also helped the 18 and under girls Points North freestyle relay to a silver medal. Paige also made finals (top 8) in the 100 meter freestyle placing 7th and the 50 meter freestyle placing 8th. Amanda Craft (15) competing in the tough 15 and over category had a great meet with huge improvements in all 5 of her races. She helped the 18 and under girls Points North freestyle relay to a silver medal. In her individual races Amanda made finals in 3 of her races. Her best result came in the 400 meter freestyle. She placed 7th overall with a huge 23 seconds improvement and becomes the first girl Marlin to break the 5 minute mark in the event for many years.

Amanda also made finals in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle finishing 8th in both respectively.