NEWS RELEASE · 24th January 2014
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The kitimat marlins had 33 swimmers competing at the terrace regional swim meet over the weekend with other regional teams from terrace, prince rupert and Smithers also in attendance. With strong performances from all the marlins they won the swim meet with the highest overall points.
Leading the way Kleanza Cathers placed first in all 7 of her races taking the gold medal for overall points in the 13-14 girls age division. She broke 3 pool records in the 13-14 girls 100 meter individual medley, the 50 butterfly and the 50 backstroke. In the 100 im she clocked a time of 1:11.66. The old record was held by kitimat swimmer sheena bartel 1:12.83. Bartel at one point was ranked # 1 in Canada for her age group as a swimmer in 50 freestyle. Cathers clocked a time of 31.98 in the 50 butterfly eclipsing the old mark of Jennifer horwood of kitimat 32.61. Horwood went on to swim with Simon Fraser university. In the 50 backstroke two swimmers went under the pool record as cassandra hornit wandler from Smithers also went under the old record. Cathers out touched her though by 8/10 of a second and clocked a time of 32.62 breaking the old record of 33.52 set by Maria Checkley of terrace. All three of the previous records had been set in the late 1990s.
Also breaking pool records for the marlins was Brander Pacheco. Pacheco in the 15 and over boys division. Pacheco broke the records in the 50 meter and 200 meter butterfly. His time of 28.27 in the 50 meter fly broke the old mark of 28.41 held by Paul scholz of Smithers from 2005. In the 200 fly pacheco's time of 2:19.35 broke the old record held by Garth coxford of terrace from 1998 of 2:19.71. Pacheco took the silver medal for overall points in the 15 and over boys division.
Two more swimmers punched their tickets to the upcoming AA Provincial championships in march in chilliwack by reaching two AA qualifying times. Morgan winterburn reached the time standards in the 13 and under 100 and 200 backstroke while Robyn Alderman achieved the standards in the 16 and over girls 100 and 200 meter breaststroke. Alderman also took the silver medal for overall points in the 15 and over girls division.
Zachary Dumas reached his first AAA provincial time (the highest provincial level) in the 15 and under boys 200 meter butterfly. Dumas also took the bronze medal for overall points in the 13-14 boys division.
Also reaching her first AA provincial standard was Vanessa Lamarre in the 13 and under girls 200 meter backstroke.
Other medalist for the marlins for overall points were Adrianna Florit silver in the 10 and under girls division, Leah Desousa bronze medal in the girls 11-12 division, Alivia Soares bronze in the 13-14 girls division and Paige collier bronze in the 15 and over girls division.
Ethan Velho had the largest one swim improvement for the marlins a 3 minutes and 44 second improvement in his 1500 Meter freestyle.
Swimmers who achieved the tough task of swimming personal best times in all their races were Charlotte collier, Leah Desousa, Vanessa Lamarre, Marianne tremblay and Ethan Velho.