Marlin swimmer Kleanza Cathers at the redwoods state park in California.

Kitimat Marlin swimmer splashes in San Jose

Kleanza Cathers from the Kitimat Marlins competed at one of the largest swim meets in North America in San Jose California.

Kleanza Cathers from the Kitimat Marlins competed at one of the largest swim meets in North America in San Jose California.

The Far Western Championships had 1,700 of some of the fastest swimmers aged 18 and under from across USA, Canada and Mexico in attendance.

Although three swimmers from the Marlins achieved three or more of the tough far western qualifying standards only Cathers was able to attend.

Cathers, 13, competing in the strong 13-14 girls category, shaved significant time off all her personal best times.

In the 200 meter backstroke Cathers dropped four seconds off her personal best time and finished 33 out of 74 competitors.

In the 400 meter individual medley she placed 36 out of 53 competitors with another four seconds shaved off her personal best time.

Cathers reached the tough Canadian age group national qualifying standard in both of those events.

Cathers also had a five second drop off her personal best time in the 800 meter freestyle finishing 29 out of 39 competitors.

Overall it was excellent way for Cathers to finish off her swim season.

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