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NEWS RELEASE · 21st December 2015
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat Marlins competed at the terrace regional swim meet over the weekend. Teams from Terrace, Prince Rupert and Smithers were also in attendance making for some good local competition. With strong results from all Kitimat swimmers the Marlins were able to win the swim meet taking the team aggregate award for highest team point total.

Zachary Dumas (16) broke 5 terrace pool records in the 15 and over boys division on his way to a gold medal in the category. In the 1500 meter freestyle Dumas broke the 17 year old pool record by a whopping 51 seconds. The old record was held by Greg Nartz of the terrace bluebacks swim team. Dumas also reached the 17-18 year old boys qualifying time for Canadian age group nationals in the event. If Dumas reaches two more times this season he can attend the age group nationals in Calgary at the end of July. Dumas also broke another 17 year old record in the 400 freestyle breaking terrace bluebacks swimmer Garth Coxford old record by 4 seconds. He also broke former teammates Brander Pacheco from the Kitimat Marlins record in the 200 meter butterfly by 2 seconds from January of this year. Finishing off his record breaking Dumas lowered his own pool records in the 800 free by 18 seconds and the 400 IM by 4 seconds.

Also breaking pool records Kleanza Cathers (16) competing in the 15 and over girls division broke two pool records. She broke the 15 and over girls pool record in the 50 meter backstroke. The old record was held by Bulkley Valley Otter swimmer Gabrielle Correia from January of 2015. Kleanza shaved off 4/10 of a second off the old record. Kleanza also lowered her own record in the 50 free by 2/10 of a second which she set from January as well. Cathers took the gold medal for overall points in the division.

Three Marlin swimmers achieved new provincial qualifying standards. Olivia Pearson (11) achieved her first AAA qualifying time in the 11 and under girls 200 meter backstroke. Pearson is fully qualified to attend the AA Provincial champs this season and now may attend the AAA provincials (the highest level provincials) if she reaches two more AAA qualifying times. Pearson took the bronze medal for overall points in the 11-12 girls division. Also in the 11-12 girls division Emilie Krabes (11) fully qualified for the AA provincial championships this season by meeting the time standard in 6 events ( she needed two to qualify). Krabes took the silver medal for overall points in the division and was one of only two Marlins at the meet to swim to personal best times in all 7 of her races.

Also achieving his first AA provincial qualifying time was Ewan Thomopoulos (11). Ewan qualified in the 11 and under boys 200 meter backstroke. Unfortunately Ewan will age up to the next age category before the AA Champs in Penticton in February.

Other medalist for overall points for the Marlins were Annika Desousa (10) ,her first ever medal! Gold in the 10 and under girls, Gavin Thomopoulos (9) silver in the 10 and under boys. Jadyn Johnston (11) silver 11-12 boys, Leah Desousa (13) gold in the 13-14 girls Hannah Pearson (13) bronze in the 13-14 girls. Laurence Boucher (15) silver in the 15 and over girls.

Joshua Reis (11) joined Emilie Krabes as the two swimmers for the Marlins to do the tough task of swimming personal best times in all seven of their races.

The Marlins will host the next regional swim meet in Kitimat Jan 22-24th.
Awesome!
Comment by PG on 22nd December 2015
A big high five for beating out Terrace!!