NEWS RELEASE · 7th August 2015
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat marlins had two swimmers qualify for the Canadian age group nationals swimming championships in Quebec city over the weekend. To qualify the two swimmers had to reach the tough qualifying times in three events for their age group. The qualifying times are based on the top 50 fastest times in the country for each age group from the previous season. There are thousands of competitive swimmers in each age group across canada so to be among the top 50 fastest times is a great accomplishment. To understand how fast those times are Zachary Dumas and Kleanza Cathers from the Marlins had to establish northwest bc regional records in the 15 and over category in each event they qualified in to reach those standards!
Unfortunately because of the Kitimat pool closure only Cathers was able to train in July by living with family in Vancouver and training there to attend the swim meet in Quebec city.
Cathers had some great results while competing with the best 15 year old girl swimmers in the country at the age group nationals. Her best result came in the distance event the 1500 meter freestyle. Cathers was seeded 18th and finished 15th with a personal best time by 10 seconds lowering her regional record in the process. She also had an excellent swim in the 800 meter freestyle. Cathers already held the regional record in the event short course (25 meter pool). She took 15 seconds off her long course (50 meter pool) time and broke the 15 and over girls regional record in the event held by stephanie nicholls from Prince Rupert from 2001. Her improvement brought her from being seeded 25th to finishing 19th overall in the event.
Cathers also finished 24th in the 400 free, 34th in the 200 free and in her free non qualified swim the 100 free where she was seeded 47th, she had a solid personal best time to finish 34th overall.