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NEWS RELEASE · 10th March 2012
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
Four swimmers from the Kitimat Marlins Swim Club qualified and attended the AAA Provincial swim Championships in Surrey over the weekend. The AAA Provincials is the best of the best swimmers in the Province aged 18 and under. A large 640 swimmers from around the province were in attendance.

For the first time since before the Kitimat pool shutdown years ago the Marlins has a AAA Provincial medalist. Fresh off her triple gold medal performance at AA Provincial Championships 3 weeks ago, Alivia Salema (11) made more big improvements. In the 400 meter freestyle she took off another 8 seconds from her winning time at AA Provincials to take the bronze medal in the 11 and under age group at the AAA Provincials. She was 5th after the first 100 meters but with a well paced race and great fitness she was able to pass for fourth and then third to win the medal. In the 800 meter freestyle Alivia took off 12 seconds from her winning time at AA champs to place 4th overall. Salema also made finals (top 8) in the 400 IM placing 5th overall. She went personal best times in all five of her personal swims.

Kyler Corderio (16) competing in the tough 16-18 boys category had a great swim meet. His best result came in the distance freestyle event the 1500 meter freestyle. Corderio took off a whopping 41 seconds in the event to, for the second season in a row, hit the National time standard. This time however he not only achieved the age group national time standard for the 1718 category (kyler turns 17 in June) but he achieved the tougher 16 and over Western National time standard as well. Kyler is eligible to compete at age group Nationals in Calgary this summer as well as Western Nationals February of next year. Kyler’s time of 16:42 in the 1500 free was also the fastest swim for the event in regional history. He broke the Points North record (regional record) and becomes the first swimmer in the region to go under the 17 minute mark in the event. The old regional record was held by Matthew Ross also of the Kitimat Marlins with a time of 17:03 done back in 2000. Corderio placed 13th overall in the event in the tough 16-18 year old boy category. Corderio also hit his second and third AAA qualifying times in the 200 and 400 meter freestyle and established personal best times in all 5 of his races.

Kleanza Cathers (12) competing in the very competitive 12 year old girl division had some great swims. Her biggest improvement and best placing came in the girls distance event the 800 meter freestyle. She took off a large 15 seconds off her personal best time and finished 11th overall. Cathers also hit her second AAA qualifying time in the 200 meter backstroke and went large personal best times in all five of her events.

Arthur Firmino (18) was training extremely well going into Provincials but unfortunately got sick the weekend before Provincials. The sickness unfortunately carried through the full week and into the swim meet. Keeping this in mind Arthur swam tough to go a personal best time in the 50 free and match his best time in the 100 free, 200 IM and 100 breast.