REPORTING · 1st February 2016
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
The Kitimat Marlins swim club hosted the 2016 northwest bc regional championships over the weekend. All the Marlins had great results allowing the team to win the meet by over 200 points over second place Prince Rupert. Terrace finished 3rd while Smithers finished 4th respectively.
Zachary Dumas (16) and Kleanza Cathers (16) looked sharp in their last swim meet before attending western Canadian nationals next month in Winnipeg.
Dumas broke 6 pool records in the 15 and over boys category. Dumas broke those records in the 800 and 1500 meter freestyle, 200 meter backstroke, 200 and 400 meter individual medley and the 200 meter butterfly. Dumas won all seven of his events on his way to a gold medal in the 14 and over boys category.
Cathers broke 5 pool records in the 15 and over girls category. Cathers broke those records in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 meter freestyle and the 200 meter backstroke. Cathers won all 7 of her events on her way to a gold medal for overall points in the 14 and over girls category.
Other gold medal winners who won every event in their category were Charlotte Collier (13) in the 12-13 girls division and Jayden Johnston (11) in the 11 and under boys category.
Other medal winners for the Kitimat Marlins for overall points were Emilie Krabes (11) gold in the 11 and under girls. Olivia Pearson (11) silver in the 11 and under girls. Ewan Thomopoulos (11) took the silver in the 11 and under boys. Leah Desousa (13) took the silver and Hannah Pearson (13) the bronze in the 12-13 girls division. Laurence Boucher (15) took the silver in the 14 and over girls division.
Nolan Striker (15) achieved his first two AA provincial times in the 200 backstroke and the 400 freestyle. He becomes the 13th marlin with a minimum of one AA Provincial time or higher. That's more than the other 3 northwest bc teams combined!
Striker was also one of many Marlin swimmers who did the tough task of swimming all personal best times At the meet.
The other Marlins to do so were Ewan Thomopoulos, Joshua Reis, Grayden Rusconi, Faith Silva, Halle Gray, Emilie Krabes, Kaelyn Manseau, Hannah Pearson, Annika Desousa, Sarah Toth and Brandon Ciemniack.