REPORTING · 1st February 2013
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat Marlins had 26 swimmers competing in Terrace at the 2013 Northwest Regional Swimming Championships. One hundred swimmers from teams from Terrace, Smithers and Prince Rupert were also in attendance. With strong swims from all the Marlins swimmers and relay wins in the 10 and under and 11-12 girls the Marlins placed second behind the Prince Rupert Rapids in overall points at the meet.
Leah Desousa (10) took her first ever gold medal in the 10 and under girls division with some excellent swims and 100 % personal best times. Her biggest improvement was a 40 second drop in time in her 400 meter freestyle. The Marlins have a strong group of 10 and under girls as Hannah Pearson (10) also with the Marlins took silver for overall points in the division as well. Her biggest improvement also came in the 400 freestyle, a 17 second drop.
In the 11-12 girls division Marlins swimmer Alivia Salema (12) took the gold medal for overall points. Her best swim of the meet came in the 200 breaststroke, a 14 second improvement, her third AAA Provincial qualifying time and a time that ranks her third in BC for 12 year old girls
In the 13-14 girls Marlins swimmer Kleanza Cathers (13) took the gold medal for overall points. Her best swim of the weekend came in the 100 freestyle, a 2 second drop and only one second away from her second AAA Provincial qualifying standard.
In the 13-14 boys Marlins swimmer Brander Pacheco (14) swam to all personal best times. He achieved his 4th AAA Provincial qualifying standard in the 400 IM with a 30 second improvement in the event. He also reached his first qualifying standard for the next age group up in the 200 butterfly with a 2 second improvement.
In the 15 and girls category Marlins swimmer Robyn Alderman (16) took the Bronze medal for overall points. Her best swim came in the 800 meter freestyle where she dropped 50 seconds off her personal best time.
In the 15 and over boys category Kyler Cordeiro (17) battled sickness and some very tough competition to take the gold. His best swim came in the 100 breaststroke, a personal best time.
Raychel Davies (12) and Morgan Winterburn (12) became the Marlins newest AA Provincial qualifiers. Davies qualified in the 400 and 800 freestyle and 200 butterfly while Winterburn qualified in the 200 backstroke. They will now both be attending AA sc (25 meter pool) Provincial Championships in Surrrey in two weeks time.
The largest one swim improvement came from Ben Anker (14) who took off a whopping 1 minute and 18 seconds off his 800 meter freestyle time.
Also of note, besides Desousa and Pacheco there were three other swimmers that achieved 100 percent personal best times in all seven of their races. They were Madisen Hauki (12), Madisen Szmata (11), and Nolan Striker (12).