REPORTING · 18th August 2012
Marlin Swim Club
Four swimmers from the Kitimat Marlins qualified and attended their biggest swim meet of the season, Age Group Swimming Nationals in Calgary, Alberta. Over 1400 of Canada’s best swimmers aged 11 to 18 from across the country were in attendance making for some extremely tough competition. The competition was held at the Talisman Center in Calgary. With racing in two 50 meter pools and a dive tank used for warm up and warm downs it is one of only three pools in Canada large enough to host the event.
Kyler Cordeiro (17) swam to 100 % personal best times in his 5 races at the meet with his best placing 14th in the boys 17-18 year 1500 meter freestyle. His time in the event also broke the points north record for the fastest 1500 meter freestyle done in a 50 meter pool in Northwest BC regional history. His time of 17:33.60 broke Mathew Ross’s time also of the Kitimat Marlins of 17:43.67 established in January 1999.
Kleanza Cathers (12) competing in her first National level competition had her highest placing in the 1500 meter freestyle, a 13th place finish for the 12 and under girls division. She also finished 13th in the 2.5 km open water swim.
Alivia Salema (12) competing in her first National level competition had her highest placing in the 12 and under girls 1500 meter freestyle, a 17th place finish.
Arthur Firmino (18) competing in his first National level competition had an excellent meet swimming to 100 % personal best times. His highest placing was in the 17-18 boys 200 meter breaststroke , a 40th place finish.
Kyler Cordeiro and Arthur Firmino also joined Brian Dohler and Brett Zollen from Smithers for Points North Relays. In their 200 meter freestyle relay they where able to break the Northwest Regional Points North record in the 15 and over boys division. There time of 1:43.70 shaved off 310 of a second from the old record of 1:44.02 from Jan 1, 1996. It was an emotional time, it was the last time the boys will swim together. Arthur Firmino, Brian Dohler and Brett Zollen have all graduated and are all attending Universities in September. All plan on swimming with their respective university teams.