NEWS RELEASE · 26th February 2016
Kitimat Marlin Swim Club
Zachary Dumas and Kleanza Cathers from the Kitimat Marlins swim club were among the 489 swimmers who qualified and competed this year at the Speedo western Nationals in Winnipeg. Dumas and Cathers are both northwest bc regional record holders. The competition was for the best swimmers in western Canada. The 4 day competition was held at the Pan Am Pool and the almost 500 swimmers attended from 66 clubs representing five provinces (B.C. Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario).
Among the top stars who compete were 2015 World Championship Team members and Pan Am Games medallists Hilary Caldwell of Swimming Canada High Performance Centre-Victoria and Russell Wood of Calgary in the backstroke, freestyler Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria and breaststroker Kierra Smith of Kelowna, B.C.
The competition was divided in two age groups. Youth was for 15 and under girls and 16 and under boys and the open category was for 16 and over girls and 17 and over boys.
Zachary Dumas (16) competed in the youth category for boys. Dumas had an excellent meet and was one of the top swimmers in the division. His best result came in the 400 meter individual medley making the A FINAL in the event ( top 8) and placing 6th overall. Dumas also placed 8th in the 1500 meter freestyle. He made the B final ( placing 9-16) in two more events placing 11th in the 400 meter freestyle and 12th in the 200 meter butterfly. Along the way Dumas broke 5 northwest bc regional records in the 15 and over boys division. He lowered his own records in the 400 im (by three seconds) and 1500 freestyle by (20 seconds) and broke other swimmers northwest bc records in the 200 meter freestyle by 1 second, the 800 freestyle by 3 seconds and the 400 freestyle by 6 seconds. The 400 meter freestyle was also the oldest record he broke. The old record was held by Kyle Nartz from terrace from 1999.
Kleanza Cathers (16) competed in the girls open division. Unfortunately for Cathers she caught a sickness one week before nationals and lost 7 pounds of mostly muscle. Her best result came in the 200 meter backstroke were she was under her personal best time in the event.