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NEWS RELEASE · 26th April 2012
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat Marlins Swim Club held a team time trial this last Thursday. It was a chance for some of the younger swimmers to get some fun racing in and a chance for the older swimmers to tune their racing skills before the Richmond West Coast Open and Kitimat Regional Swim Meets in May. Suprisingly, although the older swimmers were in heavy training there was still some great results had.

The biggest highlight came when Arthur Firmino (18) made his first Age Group National time standard and broke the pool record in the 50 breaststroke. He hadnít planned on doing the 50 meter breaststroke at the time trial. During his first race the 100 breaststroke his first 50 meters was faster than he had ever gone before. He asked the coach to race the 50 meter breaststroke. At first the coach said no as there was no free lanes in the 50 meter breaststroke but then the coach realized one of the swimmers didnít show up to the time trial. With that free lane Firmino took advantage of the opportunity taking over a second off his best time in the sprint event. His time 32.88 broke the 15 and over Kitimat pool record held by Prince George Barracuda swimmer Andrew Sweet from Oct 1897. Sweetís time was 33.39. More importantly Firminoís time was under the Age Group National time standard in the Boys 16-18 year old category. Firmino will join Kyler Cordeiro to represent the Marlins at Age Group Nationals this summer in Calgary.

Also breaking a pool record was Kleanza Cathers (12) in the 11-12 girls category. Cathers 1500 meter freestyle was the largest one swim improvement for the Marlins at the time trial. She took 39 seconds off her personal best time set just this January in Prince Rupert. Her time of 20:02.96 for the tough 60 length race was a whopping 1 minute and 38 seconds faster than the old pool record set by Sarah Minaker from the Kitimat Marlins on Dec 3, 1999 of 21:41.22.

The two pool records were the first records broken by Marlin swimmers since the Sam Lindsay Aquatic Center reopened in April, 2009. Hopefully it is a sign of things to come for the Marlins in the future.

17 swimmers went personal best times in both of their races at the time trial. They were Kleanza Cathers, Charlotte Collier, Kyler Cordeiro, Nicholas Cordeiro, Amanda Craft, Raychel Davies, Hayden Dobbin, Zachary Dumas, Makenna Fisk, Madison Landry, Hannah Pearson, Aveanna Rice, Alivia Salema, Madison Szmata, Ewan Thomopoulos, Ethan Velho.