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REPORTING · 16th May 2013
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
Swim teams from Terrace, Prince Rupert, Smithers and host kitimat had 112 swimmers competing [the weekend of the 4th and 5th] in Kitimat for a regional swim meet. The competition was extremely fast with 15 Sam Lindsay Memorial pool records broken from 6 different swimmers from around the region. The Kitimat Marlins had some excellent results from all of their swimmers and ended up winning the meet for total points.

Kyler Cordeiro (17) in his last home meet as he is graduating this year finished with a bang. He broke 3 pool records lowering his own pool records in the 50 meter backstroke and 100 Freestyle and breaking the pool record in the 50 meter freestyle. The old 50 meter freestyle record by Brett Zollen of Smithers from last year was 25.12. Cordeiro’s time was 24.79. Cordeiro won all 7 of his events on his way to the gold medal in overall points in the 15 and over boys division.

Brander Pacheco (14) also broke three pool records in the 13-14 boys division. He lowered his own pool record in the 200 butterfly. He broke the 100 butterfly record held by Triston Brown from Terrace from 1997. Brown’s time was 1:05.07, Pacheco’s new record time was 1:02.85. The old record in the 50 fly was held by Kurt Grossman of Prince Rupert from 2003. Grossman at the time was the fastest 50 meter freestyle swimmer in the country for his age. Grossman’s time was 28.90 for the 50 fly, Pacheco’s new record time was 28.79. Pacheco won all seven of his events on his way to the gold medal in the 13-14 boys category.

Alivia Salema (12) broke two pool records in the 11-12 girls division. She lowered her own record in the 1500 meter freestyle by 52 seconds. Her new time of 18:39.74 is the fourth fastest time for a 12 year old girl swam in Canada this swim season. It was also her first 13 year old girl age group national qualifying time. Salema also lowered team mates Kleanza Cathers record in the 50 breaststroke from last year. Cathers time was 40.00, Salema’s new record time was 39.55. Salema won all 7 of her events in the 11-12 girls on her way to the gold medal in the 11-12 girls category.

Kleanza Cathers (13) also broke two pool records in the 13-14 girls category. Cathers took off 66 seconds in her 1500 meter freestyle time to break Stephanie Nicholls pool record from 1999. Nicholls from Prince Rupert went on to swim with UBC and break the womans BC 50 free record and help UBC break the National 4*100 medley record, Nicholls swam free on the relay. Nicholls record time in the 1500 meter was 18:49, Cathers new record time was 18:31.53. It was Cathers first 13 year old age group National qualifying time. And a time that was the 18th fastest time swam by a 13 year old girls in the event in the country this swim season. Cathers also broke a 29 year old record in the 50 butterfly. The old record was held by Dawn Pasacreta from Kitimat. Her time was 33.00, Cathers new record time was 32.13. Cathers swam to 100 % personal best times on her way to the gold medal in the 13-14 girls category.

In the 15 and over girls Robyn Alderman (16) swam to 100 % personal best times on her way to the bronze medal in the division.

In the 11-12 boys division Ethan Velho (12) swam to 100 % personal best times on his way to the bronze medal in the division.

In the 13-14 boys division Ben Anker (14) swam to 100 % personal best times on his way to the bronze medal in the division.

In the 10 and under girls division Leah Desousa (10) took the silver medal and Charlotte Collier (10) took the bronze medal.

Two swimmers achieved their first AA Provincial times and now are welcome to attend AA Provincial Championships in Victoria. Hannah Pearson (11) achieved the standard in the 11 and under girls 100 backstroke. Madisen Szmata (12) achieved the standard in the 12 year old girl 100 freestyle and backstroke, as well swam to 100 % personal best times

Making the largest one swim improvement for the Marlins was Hayden Dobbin (13) with an 86 second improvement in the 1500 freestyle. Dobbin swam to 100 % personal best times.

Also swimming to 100 % personal best times for the Marlins was Laurence Boucher (12), Nickolas Cordeiro (14), Raychel Davies (13), Annika Desousa (8), Mattias Dobbin (13), Keiren Koza (8), Madison Landry (11), Isaiah Silva (8), Nolan Striker (12), Madisen Szmata (12), Ewan Thomopoulos (9), Gavin Thomopoulos (6), Izaak Vehlo (11), Kemper Weightman (8).