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NEWS RELEASE · 4th February 2015
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The kitimat marlins swim club sent a large team of 37 swimmers to the northwest regional swim championships in terrace over the weekend. The team had some fantastic results with members setting a whopping 11 pool records and another 5 swimmers achieving their first AA provincial times.

Kleanza Cathers (15) lead the way for the marlins. She became the first swimmer in northwest bc regional history to break 18 minutes for the distance event the 1500 meter freestyle. The time was her first canadian age group national qualifying time her 5th western canadian qualifying standard and a 15 and over girls pool record in the event by 53 seconds! Cathers also broke the 1 minute barrier in the 100 meter freestyle in pool record time and established 4 more pool records in the 200 im, 400 free, 400 im and 50 free on her way to the gold medal in the 14 and over girls category.

Brander Pacheco (16) was on form with 3 pool records in the 15 and over boys 50, 100 and 200 meter butterfly. The 100 meter butterfly was the oldest record broken by a marlin over the weekend as the old record had stood since 1985. Pacheco took the silver medal in overall points in the 15 and over boys division.

Also looking on form was Zachary Dumas (15) with two pool records in the 15 and over boys category in the 400 IM and 800 free. Dumas also swam to 100 % personal best times in all 7 of his races.

Five swimmers with the marlins achieved their first AA provincial times. If swimmers reach two provincial time standards they are welcome to compete at the AA provincial championships short course (25 meter pool) in chilliwack in feb and long course (50 meter pool) in kamloops in June.

Adrianna Florit (10) reached her first two AA times in the 11 and under girls 200 meter backstroke and 200 meter breaststroke. Florit also swam 100 % personal best times on her way to a silver medal in the girls 11 and under divison.

Olivia Pearson (10) achieved her first two AA times in the 11 and under girls 100 backstroke and 50 free. She swam to 100 % personal best times on her way to a bronze medal in the 11 and under girls division.

Alex van horn (11) achieved his second and third AA times in the 11 and under boys division. He swam 100 % personal best times on his way to a bronze medal in the 11 and under boys division.

Ethan Velho (14) swam to his first two AA times in the 14-15 boys 200 back and 1500 free

Laurence Boucher (14) achieved her first AA time in the 800 free and swam to 100 % personal best times.

Other medal winners for the marlins were Hannah Pearson (12) silver and Charlotte collier (12) bronze both in the girls 12-13 division.

Other swimmers who achieved 100% personal best times were Emily Maag (14) and Ewan thomopoulos (10)