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NEWS RELEASE · 30th December 2014
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat Marlins Swim club have four swimmers who have qualified and will be attending Western Nationals this season. The four are currently training hard to compete at Western Canadian National Championships in Edmonton in February. To have one or two swimmers qualify from a small community is nice but to have four is exceptional indeed. It takes years of practice to reach a National level in the sport. The time standards to attend are extremely fast. Swimmers who qualify are among the fastest age group swimmers in the Province.

The four marlins all started years ago at 3 practices a week learning the basics of competitive swimming. Every season with dedication and work ethic they continued to improve in technique and fitness. The four swimmers now swim 8 to 9 swim workouts a week for 1.5 to 2 hours long. Each practice is up to 6 km in swimming (240 lengths of the Kitimat pool).

The four also do strength and flexibility training 3 times a week with Pace yourself Fitness Gym. The four Marlins hold pool records around the region and some of them Northwest BC regional records and are among the fastest swimmers for their age in the Province. They will join two swimmers from Smithers and two swimmers from Prince Rupert who have also qualified for Western Nationals this season.

The four Marlin swimmers are:

Kleanza Cathers (15) started with the Terrace Bluebacks swim club at age 7, she moved to the Marlins at age 9. This season Provincially her highest ranking is 3rd for 15 year old girls 50 meter freestyle and 100 Individual medley. She is currently qualified for Western Nationals in 15 and under girls 50, 100, 200, and 800 meter freestyle.

Brander Pacheco (16) started competitive swimming with the Marlins at 13 years old. This season Provincially his highest ranking is 9th in the 16 year 50 butterfly. He has reached the Western Nationals qualifying standard in the 16 and under boys 50,100 and 200 meter butterfly.

Alivia Soares (14) started competitive swimming with the Marlins at 9 years old. This season her highest ranking in BC is 4th for 14 year old girls in the 1500 meter freestyle. She has also qualified in the 15 and under girls 1500 meter freestyle at Western Nationals.

Zachary Dumas (15) started competitive swimming with the Marlins at 9 years old. This season his highest ranking is 6th in BC in the 15 year boys 400 IM. He has qualified for the 16 and 200 meter butterfly at Western Nationals.