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NEWS RELEASE · 25th May 2012
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat Marlins Swim Club hosted the Kitimat Marlins Invitational swim meet over the weekend. One hundred and twenty swimmers from Prince Rupert, Terrace and Smithers teams were in attendance making for some excellent competition and fast racing for the Marlins swimmers.

Leading the way for the Marlins was Kleanza Cathers (12). Kleanza became the third Marlins swimmer and first female swimmer in the region this season to qualify for Age Group Nationals in Calgary late July. She qualified in the 1500 meter freestyle breaking her own pool record she set just a month earlier at a time trial. Her time of 19:38 seconds was a full 2 minutes 40 seconds faster than her time at the beginning of the season. She will now join Kyler Cordeiro, and Arthur Firmino from the Marlins and two swimmers from Smithers as the only regional swimmers to make Nationals from the region this year. Cathers also broke the pool record in the 11-12 girls 200 backstroke with a time of 2:37.51. The old pool record was held by Allison Barriscale of the Marlins from 1988 with a time of 2:43. Barriscale was one of the fastest Marlins ever. She still holds 11-12 Provincial Championships records in butterfly and went on to be a Canada Games medalist and Senior National Finalist. Cathers took the gold medal in the 11-12 girls with a perfect 8 for 8 in swim event wins in the age group.

Alivia Salema (11) had a great 1500 meter freestyle with a time of 21:13. The time ranks her as the 10 fastest time for 11 year old girls in Canada this season. Her time would have been much faster as well but unfortunately her swim cap came off 600 meters into the race and she had trouble seeing through her long hair. The time is still the highest ranking in the country of any Marlin this season. Salema went personal best times in all 8 of her events and went on to take the bronze medal in overall points for the 11-12 girls age group.

Arthur Firmino (18) lowered his own pool record in the 15 and over boys 50 meter breaststroke. The event he qualifies for Nationals in. Firmino went personal best times in all 8 of his events on his way to a bronze medal for overall points in the 15 and over boys category.

Hannah Pearson (10) swam to all personal best times on her way to the bronze medal in the 10 and under girls category. It was Pearson’s first regional medal.

Other medalist for the Marlins were Paige Collier (14) gold in the 13-14 girls category. Brander Pacheco (13) silver 13-14 boys. Hayden Dobbin (12) bronze in the 11-12 boys category and Amanda Craft (16) bronze in the 15 and over girls category.

The biggest one swim improvement for the Marlins came from Nickolas Cordeiro (13) with a whopping 37 second improvement in the 200 individual medley. Cordeiro went personal best times in all 8 of his races.

Other swimmers from the Marlins that went 100 % personal best times were Mattias dobbin (9), Hayden Fisk (10), Noah Groves (10), Madison Landry (10), Morgan Nichol (11), Brander Pacheco (13), Breanna Readman (15), Aveanna Rice (9), Gavin Thomopoulos (5) and Kemper Weightman (7).

The last regional swim meet of the season for the Marlins will be in early June in Terrace.