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NEWS RELEASE · 18th December 2014
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat Marlins hosted the first regional swim meet of the season over the weekend with 103 swimmers from Terrace, Smithers, Prince Rupert and host Kitimat Marlins. The Marlins had some excellent results with pool records set, new time standards met and many swimmers winning medals for overall points. With their strong results the Marlins were able to win the meet over second place Prince Rupert rapids by a whopping 322 points.

Kleanza Cathers (15) in her first regional swim meet in the 15 and over girls division broke two pool records in the division. In the 100 IM she posted a time of 1:08.97 which broke the old record of 1:09.27 set by Stephanie Nicholls from Prince Rupert in 2002. Stephanie Nicholls went on to swim for University of British Columbia and break BC and Canadian records. Cathers also broke the 50 backstroke record while leading off the Marlins medley relay. Her time of 32.34 eclipsed the old record of 32.96 set by Laura Woodman of Prince Rupert from 2004. Cathers took the gold medal for overall points in the division.

Brander Pacheco (16) broke two pool records in the 15 and over boys division. Pacheco posted times of 27.41 in the 50 meter butterfly and 1:01.01 in the 100 butterfly breaking the previous records of 27.75 and 1:02.20 by Brett Zollen of Smithers from 2012. Zollen is now swimming for University of Victoria and swimming extremely fast! Pacheco took the silver medal for overall points in the division.

Alivia Soares (14) became the fourth Kitimat Marlin to achieve the tough Western National qualifying time in the 1500 meter freestyle. She is now welcome to attend Western Nationals in February in Edmonton. Soares took the silver medal for overall points in the divison.

Achieving his first AAA Provincial qualifying time was Hayden Dobbin (15). Dobbin achieved the time in the 14-15 year old 1500 meter freestyle.

Achieving their first AA Provincial times were Alex Van Horne (11) in the 11 and under boys 100 backstroke and Nolan Striker (13) in the 12-13 boys 100, 200 back, 100 fly and 400 freestyle. Van Horne also took the Bronze medal in the 11-12 boys category.

Zachary Dumas (15) took the bronze medal in the 15 and over boys division. Dumas also broke the pool record in the 15 and over boys 400 IM but was narrowly out touched by less than a second by Bailey Esperson (16) from Smithers who took the record.

Ethan Velho (14) took the silver medal in the 13-14 boys divison. Velho also had the largest one swim improvement with a 91 second improvement in his 1500 meter freestyle.

In the 10 and under girls division the Marlins swept the medals. Alexis Florit (9) took the bronze medal, Olivia Pearson (10) took the silver medal and Adrianna Florit (10) took the gold medal.

Other medalist for the Marlins were Ewan Thomopoulos (10) gold in the 10 and under boys. Jadyn Johnston (10) bronze medal in the 10 and under boys. Hannah Pearson (12) took the gold medal in the 11-12 girls division. Leah Desousa (12) took the silver medal in the divison. Laurence Boucher (14) took the bronze medal in the 13-14 girls division. Paige Collier (16) took the bronze medal in the 15 and over girls division.

Eighteen Marlins achieved the tough task of going personal best times in all of their races. They were Laura Bacigalova (7), Angus Bathe (10), Archie Bathe (8), Charlotte Collier (12), Annika Desousa (9), Hayden Dobbin (15), Dallas Gray (6), Keiran Koza (10), Ethan Manseau (8), Olivia Pearson (10), Isaiah Silva (10), Iris Striker (11), Nolan Striker (13), Gavin Thomopoulos (8), Sarah Toth (12), Marianne Tremblay (12), Alex Van Horne (11), Ethan Velho (14),