NEWS RELEASE · 15th June 2012
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat Marlins Swim Club attended the last regional swim meet of the season in Terrace over the weekend. Teams from Prince Rupert, Terrace and Smithers were also in attendance. The Marlins were heavy on younger swimmers with many of the older Marlins not attending for various reasons.
Even with this fact the Marlins were still able to manage placing second in overall points behind Prince Rupert with strong individual performances by many as well as relay wins in the 10 and under girls and 12 and under girls respectively.
Many of the Marlin swimmers were using the racing as a last chance to tune up for the major swim meets coming up in late June and July.
Kleanza Cathers (12) took the gold medal for overall points in the very competitive 11-12 girls division. Her victory was one of the tightest in any age group at the meet, a one point difference over Avery Movald from Prince Rupert. Cathers will be competing at the Age Group Nationals and BC Summer Games in July.
First year competitive swimmer Brander Pacheco (13) continues to impress and improve with a silver medal in overall points in the competitive 13-14 boys division as he prepares for his first AAA Provincials early July in Richmond.
Zachary Dumas (12) took the bronze medal in the 11-12 boys category. Dumas continues to make large improvements after one season out of the sport. Racing his first ever 200 meter butterfly Dumas just missed his first AAA qualifying time by a mere one second. Dumas was 100 % best times in all 8 of his swims at the meet. He will compete at the AA Provincial Championships in Victoria later this month.
Hannah Pearson (10) took the bronze medal in the 10 and under girls division. Pearson continues to improve and looks to be a talent for many years to come.
Alivia Salema (12) who had the tenth fastest time in Canada in the 1500 meter freestyle as an 11 year old took off a whopping 1 minute and 20 seconds off her personal best time in the event. It was the largest one swim improvement for any Marlin at the meet and only 5 seconds off her first National qualifying time.
Joining Zachary Dumas in achieving 100 % best times in all 8 races was first year swimmer Emily Maag (11) and second year swimmer Hayden Dobbin(12).