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NEWS RELEASE · 26th April 2012
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
Twenty Swimmers from the Kitimat Marlins attended the Prince George long Course (50 meter pool) Invitational swim meet this past weekend. It was the Marlins first long course swim meet of the year and many of the swimmers first long course experience ever. Competition was tough as Prince George Swim Club is one of the strongest in BC. As well teams from Williams Lake, Quenell, Chetwyn, Prince Rupert, Terrace and Smithers were in attendance.

Three Marlin swimmers reached new qualifying standards. All three had never raced in a long course pool before making the feat extra special. First year swimmer Brander Pacheco (13) reached his first AAA Provincial standard in the 13 year old boy 100 meter butterfly. “It’s very rare to have a first year competitive swimmer reach the AAA standard in their first year of swimming. I have been coaching for 15 years, 9 as a head coach and have only had two other swimmers reach AAA in their first season. He has worked hard for it.” Commented head coach Jason Cathers. Pacheco a medalist at the AA short course (25 meter pool) Provincial Championship in Chilliwack earlier this year will now have the opportunity to compete in the AAA long course Provincial Championships early July in Richmond.

Coming off a one season break from swim club Zachary Dumas (12) hit his first AA Provincial qualifying time standard in the 12 year old boy 200 meter backstroke. Dumas had a great meet with big personal best times in all of his races narrowly missing the AA standard in other events. The 200 backstroke was his last event of the weekend and he decided it his time and swam an inspired race to reach the standard. Dumas will now have the opportunity to compete at the AA Provincial Championships in Victoria in late June.

Raychel Davies (11) in her last swim meet as an 11 year old girl achieved her first AA Provincial time standard in the 50 meter freestyle. Unfortunately Davies will be 12 when the AA champs roll around in late June so will need to re qualify with the faster 12 year old girl time standard to attend in Victoria.

Making the largest one swim improvement for the swim meet was Nicholas Cordeiro (13). Cordeiro was very nervous before his 200 meter freestyle. He turned those nerves into speed though as he took off 42 seconds in the event. Cordeiro was also one of sevon swimmers from the Marlins that swam 100 % personal best times in all 8 races. Other Marlins that accomplished this feat were Amanda Craft (15), Katherine Ocsovai (13), Alivia Salema (11), Zachary Dumas (12), Madison Szmata (11) and Makenna Fisk (12).