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REPORTING · 29th October 2015
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The KITIMAT Marlins swim club competed at the first regional swim meet of the season over the weekend in Prince Rupert. Teams from Prince George, Terrace, Smithers and host Prince Rupert were also in attendance. With strong swims from all Marlin swimmers in attendance the Marlins were able to take third in overall points. Prince George took first with Prince Rupert taking second place.

Zachary Dumas (16) took the gold medal for overall points in the 15 and over boys division. In his 200 Im Dumas achieved another western national qualifying time. Dumas was also awarded northwest bc male swimmer of the year for last season. Dumas won the award for his multiple top 16 placings at western Canadian nationals, his AAA PROVINCIAL medal and multiple top 8 finishes and many regional and pool records throughout last season.

Other medal winners for the Marlins were Kleanza Cathers (15) silver in the 15 and Over girls, Ethan Velho (14) silver in the 13-14 boys, Charlotte Collier (13) silver and Leah Desousa (13) bronze in the 13-14 girls and Jayden Johnston (11) bronze in the 11-12 boys

The Marlins also had six more swimmers reach their first two or more new AA provincial qualifying standards to join Ethan Velho 14-15 boys and Olivia Pearson 11 and under girls who qualified last season. They were Izaak Velho in the 12-13 boys, Laurence Bouchier in the 14-15 girls, Hannah Pearson, Leah Desousa and Charlotte Collier in the 12-13 girls and Jayden Johnston in the 11 and under boys. The AA short course (25 meter pool) provincial championships will take place this February in Penticton.

The largest improvement at the swim meet was Nolan Striker (14) who took off 3 minutes and 20 seconds in the 1500 meter freestyle on his way to 100 % personal best times in all seven of his races.
Other Marlins to achieve the tough task of improving their time in all of their races were Jayden Johnston, Lucas Johnston, Emilie Krabes, Charlotte Collier, Leah Desousa, Ethan Manseau, Hannah Pearson, Isaiah Silva, Iris Striker,Sarah Toth, and Izaak Velho.

The Marlins will travel to Prince George in late November for their next swim meet.