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NEWS RELEASE · 13th June 2014
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat marlins had 41 swimmers attend the last regional swim of the year in prince Rupert. Excellent results were had by all with many swimmers medalling and qualifying for provincial championships. The marlins finished a close second in overall points behind the larger host club the prince Rupert rapids. Bulkley valley otters finished third and terrace blue backs fourth respectively.

The age categories were set slightly different this swim meet to allow for better, closer racing in this the only regional heats and finals swim meet of the season.

In the 12-13 boys division Ethan Velho took is first ever gold medal for overall points in the category. Along the way Ethan swam 100 % personal best times and made his first two ever AAA provincial times allowing him to compete at the AAA Provincial championships (the highest Provincial level meet) in Victoria in early July.

Brander Pacheco in the 14 and over boys division took the silver medal for overall points. On a side note Pacheco also took the gold medal for overall points in the may regional swim meet in Kitimat. A point that was accidentally missed in the last newspaper article. Pacheco also was awarded at the prince Rupert swim meet as points north male regional swimmer of the year. This award is voted for by the head coaches of the region for the male and female swimmer who shows the best combination of performance and leadership qualities for the season.

Other medal winners for the marlins were Kleanza Cathers silver in 14 and over girls, first time medal winner Laurence Boucher swam 100 % personal best times and tied with fellow marlin Morgan Winterburn for the silver medal in the 12-13 girls category. Leah Desousa tied with a rapid swimmer for the bronze in the 11 and under girls division.

Also reaching important time standards were Vanessa Lamarre who achieved 100 % personal best times and achieved her first two AA provincial time standards in the 14-15 girls 100 and 200 meter backstroke. This allows her to compete at the AA Provincial championships at the end of the month in Victoria.

Also achieving her second AA Provincial time standard in the 11 and under girls 100 backstroke was Charlotte Collier. Collier will also be joining Lamarre now at AA provincial champs in Victoria.

Making the largest one swim improvement for the marlins was Nolan striker who tool off 78 seconds from his previous personal best time in his 800 meter freestyle. Striker also went 100% personnel best times in all 7 of his races.

Other swimmers who swam to 100 % personal best times were Gabriel Lamarre, Jaeden Silvestre, Michaela Thomas and Izaak Velho.

These marlins will now be gearing up for this summers biggest swim meets. They are AA and AAA provincial champs, BC Summer Games and North American Aboriginal Games