NEWS RELEASE · 17th March 2015
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The kitimat marlins had 3 swimmers attend the 2015 AAA provincial short course (25 meter pool) swim championships in surrey over the weekend. The championships saw 560 of the best swimmers from around bc and Yukon aged 11 to 15 competing making it a very competitive swim meet.
Kleanza Cathers (15) scored the most points for the marlins while competing in the 14/15 girls divison. At the competition she reached her second third and fourth canadian age group national times in the 200,400 and 800 meter freestyle. With it Cathers punched her ticket to this summers canadian age group national competition which will be held in Quebec City in late July. Her best placing came in the 200 meter freestyle where she placed 5th just 1/2 a second off a medal. Her time also broke the regional record in the event for 15 and over girls. The old record was set by former bc record holder in the 50 freestyle Stephanie Nichols more than a decade ago. Cathers also placed 8th in the 400 freestyle, 12th in the 800 freestyle breaking her own regional record by 10 seconds. Won the b final placing 9th in the 50 meter freestyle and placed 16th in the 100 meter freestyle. She also helped the girls regional relays to three top 8 finishes.
Zachary Dumas (15) competing in the 14-15 boys division continued his skyrocketing improvement scoring a close second most points for the marlins. In the 400 individual medley Dumas was just 1/2 a second off the bronze medal with a 5th place finish. His time reached his second canadian age group national time for 15 year old boys and western national qualifying time. Dumas also reached those two standards as well in the 1500 meter freestyle with a whopping personal best of more than 45 seconds. His time placed him 6th for the event. The Canadian age group national qualifying time was dumas's third which usually qualifies a swimmer for the Canadian age group nationals, Canada's highest level age group swim meet. Unfortunately Dumas ages to 16 one week before the competition so he will need to qualify for that age group to attend. Dumas also placed 8th in the 200 meter butterfly and 16th in the 200 meter breaststroke.
Alivia soares (14) competed tough as she still has a full year left in the 14-15 girls age group. She had her best individual result in the 400 Im with a 22nd place finish. She also had solid swims in both regional relays she helped out in. The 4*50 free relay placed 5th in the province and the 4*100 free relay 6th.