NEWS RELEASE · 22nd December 2012
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat Marlins hosted a regional swim meet over the weekend that saw 85 swimmers from around the region attend. The Marlins had some fantastic results with 6 pool records broken and medalists in almost every age category. With the strong swimming of all Marlin swimmers the Marlins were able to win the meet for overall points. Prince Rupert finished second, Smithers third and Terrace fourth respectively.
Leading the way Kyler Cordeiro (17) broke 5 pool records in the 15 and over boys division. He broke his own record in 50 meter backstroke by 410s of a second. He broke the 100 meter freestyle record by a mere 7 one hundredths of a second set last year by former Smithers now UVIC swimmer Brett Zollen. He also broke the 400 meter freestyle record by 3 seconds, the 800 freestyle record by 2 seconds while swimming his 1500 meter freestyle which he also broke the record for by 10 seconds. All 3 of those records were set last season by Smithers now University of Waterloo swimmer Brian Dohler. Cordeiro took the gold medal in overall points in the division.
In the 1314 boys division second year swimmer Brander Pacheco (14) broke his first pool record in the 200 meter butterfly. He shaved a solid 5 seconds off the previous mark set 15 years earlier by Prince Rupert swimmer Chris Marcinkiewicz. Pacheco went on to take the silver medal in the division.
The Marlins now have four swimmers who hold pool records. Alivia Salema and Kleanza Cathers hold pool records as well in the 1112 girls age group. There are pool records still standing as far back as the mid 1970s.
In the 1314 girls division Kleanza Cathers made her first AAA Provincial qualifying standard for the 13 year old girls division. She is now welcome to attend AAA Provincial championships in Victoria in March and UBC in July. Cathers swam 100 % personal best times in all 7 of her races on her way to the gold in the 1314 girls division.
Also taking the gold for overall points was Hannah Pearson(10) in the 10 and under girls division. And the future looks bright for the Marlins as Leah Desousa (10) and Charlotte Collier (10) tied for the bronze medal in the division as well and both swam to 100 % personal best times.
Ethan Velho (12) had an excellent swim meet swimming to 100 % personal best times in all 7 of his races and took the silver medal for overall points in the division.
Alivia Salema (12) took the silver medal in the 11-12 girls division and Robyn Alderman (16) took home the bronze medal in the 15 and over girls division respectively.
There were seven other swimmers who also did the tough task of swimming 100 % personal best times. They were Ben Anker (14), Nicholas Cordeiro, (14), Raychel Daviies (12), Madison Hauki (12), Madison Landry(11), Julia Piroso (15) and Morgan Winterburn (12)
Winterburn also had the largest one swim improvement for the Marlins, a 46 second improvement in the 800 meter freestyle.
The Marlins next swim meet will be January in Terrace.