NEWS RELEASE · 9th February 2014
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The kitimat marlins had three swimmers attend the AAA provincial short course (25 meter pool) swimming championships this weekend in kamloops. The AAA champs is the highest provincial level meet of the season. There were over 600 swimmers aged 10 to 18 from 42 different swim clubs or associations in attendance making for extremely tough competition.
The Marlins swim as part of points north swim association when attending out of region swim meets. This association allows the small northern clubs of prince Rupert,kitimat, terrace and Smithers to field relays where normally they would not be able too. With this in mind points north were able to field relays in the 13/14 girls category. The relays did extremely well. With swimmers Kleanza Cathers, and alivia soares from kitimat, Avery Movald from prince Rupert and Cassie horning wandler from Smithers the team was able to take the bronze medal in the 4 by 200 meter freestyle relay. They also placed 5th in the 4* 50 meter freestyle relay and 7th in the 4 by 50 meter medley relay.
This year the format of the championships was different. They went to two year age groups and an A final for swimmers who placed 1st to 8th in prelims and a B final for swimmers who finished 9-16th after the heats. With most events having double or more than 16 swimmers competing it was an excellent accomplishment for the swimmers to reach an A or B final. All three marlins swimmers reached an A or B final in numerous events.
Alivia soares (13) competing in the 12-13 girls category placed 4th in the province in the 800 meter freestyle and achieved her second Canadian age group national qualifying time for 13 year old girls in the process. She also placed 5th in the 400 meter individual medley, 8th in the 50 breaststroke. She also made the B final in the 400 freestyle and 200 breaststroke placing 10th and 13th respectfully.
Brander Pacheco (15) competing in the 14-15 boys category achieved 5 national level time standards. He reached the western national standard in 50, 100 and 200 butter fly for 16 and under boys and the Canadian age group national time standard in the 100 and 200 fly for 15 in year old boys. Pacheco finished 4th in the 50 fly, 8th in the 200 fly and 50 backstroke, 10 th in the 100 fly and 15th in the 400 im.
Kleanza Cathers (14) competing in the 14/15 girls age group broke two points north regional records in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke. Unfortunately for her, friend and competitor from the prince Rupert swim club Avery Movald broke Cathers records on the same days in the finals. Between the two events the two girls lowered the records 6 times between them in between heats and finals competition.
Cathers best individual results came in the 50 meter butterfly ad 50 backstroke with 8th place finishes. She placed 13th in the 50 freestyle and 16th in the 100 backstroke.