REPORTING · 22nd March 2012
Marlin Swim Club
Fifteen swimmers from the Kitimat Marlins travelled to Smithers over the weekend to compete at the Bulkley Valley Otters Wavemaker regional swim meet. Teams from Terrace, and Prince Rupert were also in attendance. With some excellent individual and relay results the Marlins finished second in overall points behind host club Bulkley Valley Otters, who had more than double the swimmers competing than the Marlins. Marlins girl power played a huge role in the Marlins success as the Marlins 10 and under, 12 and under, and 15 and over relays won 5 out of the 6 relays they entered and Marlins girls took home 4 medals for overall points including three golds.
Amanda Craft (15) took her first regional gold medal for overall points in the 15 and over girls category with first place finishes and personal best times in all 6 of her races.
Kleanza Cathers (12) took home the gold medal for overall points in the girls 11-12 division with first place finishes and personal best times in all 6 of her races.
Paige Collier (14) won the gold medal for overall points in the girls 13-14 division with first place finishes in 5 out of 6 of her races. Collier also had the largest one swim improvement out of all the Marlins in attendance with a 43 second drop in time in her 1500 meter freestyle.
Rounding out the Marlins girls medalist, Hannah Bilash (12) took home the silver medal in the 11-12 girl division.
The Marlins also had three boys take medals for overall points.
In the 15 and over boys division Arthur Firmino (18) took the silver medal while Kyler Cordeir (16) took home the bronze medal.
In the 11-12 boys division Hayden Dobbin (12) took home the bronze medal for overall points.
Swimmers from the Marlins who swam 100 % personal best times in all 6 of their races other than those mentioned above were Ben Anker (13), Raychel Davies (11), Leah Desousa (9), Hannah Pearson (9), Rosemary Reschke (10), and Nolan Striker (11).
The Marlin swimmers next swim meet will be the first long course meet (50 meter pool) of the year mid April in Prince George.