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NEWS RELEASE · 12th December 2015
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat Marlins swim club had 6 swimmers attend the largest invitational swim meet in bc over the weekend. Over 700 swimmers from across BC and Alberta were in attendance making for some extremely stiff competition. All events except the distance events (800 and 1500 freestyle) had A finals for the top 8 qualifiers and B finals for the 9-16th place qualifiers which made for some fast racing for the Marlins that were able to make finals.

Competition in the 15 and over category was especially tough as there were many swimmers from university of Victoria and Simon Fraser University in attendance.

Zachary Dumas had a great swim meet with 5 northwest BC regional records (short course, 25 meter pool) in the 15 and over boys division. In the 200 fly Dumas lowered his own regional record by 2 seconds with a 6th place finish in the event. Dumas also placed 6th in the 400 Individual Medley with a time of 4:42 shaving 2 seconds off the old regional record held by Mark Grossman from the Prince Rupert swim club in 2004. In the 400 freestyle the old record was held by Kyle Nartz of the Terrace Bluebacks from 2000 with a time of 4:12. Dumas shaved off 3 seconds with a time of 4:09 winning the b final. In the 1500 meter freestyle Dumas finished 7th overall with a time of 16:34 shaving off 8 seconds from former teammate Kyler Corderio from Kitimat in 2012. Dumas also did a time trial in the 800 freestyle which he broke the regional record from Brian Dohler of Smithers from 2012. Zacharies time of 8:47 shaved 4 seconds off the old record and would have been fast enough to place 3rd in the event. Dumas also placed 12th in the 200 IM, 14th in the 200 breaststroke and 16th in the 50 butterfly. Dumas also swam to personal best times in all of his races.

Jayden Johnston (11) in his first major competition competed in the 11-12 boys division. He exploded onto the scene with a third place finish in the 200 meter butterfly. It was his first time ever competing in the event. In the final he was 8th place after the 100 meters but made his move on the second 100 meters to finish 3rd. Johnston also made b finals in many other races placing 9th in 400 IM, 12th in the 100 fly and 200 back, and 14th in the 50 breast. Jayden also became the third Marlin this season to fully qualify for the AAA provincial championships by reaching the time standard in 6 events during the meet ( he needed to achieve the standard in 3 events to fully qualify.). Johnston swam to personal best times in all his races.

Kleanza Cathers (16) had her best placing in the 50 meter freestyle reaching the A final for 15 and over girls and placing 7th. She also made the B final in many events placing 9th in the 1500 free, 10th in the 100 backstroke, 12th in the 200 back, 13th in the 200 fly, 15th in the 400 IM.

Laurence Boucher (15) broke some barriers in woman's swimming that many girls never reach. She went under 30 seconds for the first time in 50 free, under 5 minutes for the first time in 400 free, and under 10 minutes for the first time in 800 free. Her best placing came in the 800 meter freestyle a 25th place finish. Boucher swam to personal best times in all of her races.

Leah Desousa (13) had her best results for the 13-14 girls in the 200 fly and 400 IM finishing 19th for both. Her 200 butterfly was the first time she broke 3 minutes for the event finishing in 2:57.

Ethan Velho had his best result in the 1500 meter freestyle placing 20th overall in the 15 and over boys. His time of 18:46 was the first time that he went under the 19:00 mark.
Well done!!
Comment by PG on 12th December 2015
I would like to thank the Marlins for their hard work and dedication, your results make me proud to be from Kitimat. I moved away many years ago but I used to be a good swimmer once upon a time myself. I know the feeling as you wait for the starting gun to go off, butterflies in your stomach, the crowds, unfortunately the pressure was just too great on me so I declined an offer to join the Marlins. What you are doing is special, not everyone can do what you do, i hope you all keep putting in the effort, and keep putting Kitimat on the map.