NEWS RELEASE · 5th March 2014
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat marlins had seven swimmers qualify and attend the BC AA short course (25 meter pool) Provincial championships over the weekend. The championships were held in Chilliwack and had over 400 swimmers from 44 teams in attendance. It was the largest attended AA Provincial championships in many years. To attend, swimmers must make the BC AA standards in two events but have less than two BC AAA time standards (the highest provincial qualifying time). This makes for extremely close racing at the championships.
Zachary Dumas (14) competing in the boys 14 and over boys age group took the gold medal in the 200 meter butterfly. His time in the event was the 43 fastest time posted in Canada for 14 year old boy this season. Dumas also achieved his second AAA time in the 400 individual medley placing 4th. With two AAA times he is now eligible to attend the AAA BC championships in Victoria in July. He also placed 5th in the 200backstroke, and 7th in the 100 fly.
Ben Anker (15) also competing in the 14 and over boys division also qualified for the BC AAA Championships in July by achieving his first two AAA time standards in the 200 breaststroke and 400 im. Anker took the silver medal in the 200 breast and bronze medal in the 400 Im. Anker also placed 4th in the 200 backstroke and 100 breaststroke and 6th in the 1500 freestyle.
Hannah Pearson (11) competing in the girls 11 and under division achieved her first two AAA time standards in the 400 im and the 200 butterfly. Unfortunately she ages up so will not be eligible to attend the AAA championships in Victoria in July. She took the bronze medal in the 400 Im and placed 4th in the 200 butterfly. Pearson also placed 8th in the 800 freestyle.
Leah Desousa (11) competing in the 11 and under girls division achieved her first BC AAA provincial time in the 200 butterfly and took the silver medal in the process. Desousa also placed 6th in the 100 fly.
Ethan Velho (13) competing in the 12-13 boys division had three top 8 finishes. Velho placed 6th in the 200 backstroke, 7th in the 200 fly and 8th in the 1500 free.
Robyn Alderman (17) competing in the 14 and over girls division placed 8th in the 100 breaststroke and achieved personal best times in five of her events.
Morgan Winterburn (13) competing in the 12-13 girls division achieved personal best times in 4 of her events with her biggest improvement coming in the 400 meter freestyle, an 8 second improvement.