The Kitimat Marlins Swim Club have three swimmers who are now competing as freshmen in college and university swimming this season.
Kleanza Cathers, Zachary Dumas and Arthur Firmino are posting fantastic results to start off their collegiate swimming careers.
Kleanza Cathers is swimming with the Barton College Bulldogs in North Carolina, a NCAA Division 2 school (the second highest out of the four tiers of USA College swimming).
Cathers has already competed at three dual meets (swim meets versus another team).
The swim meets have been in North Carolina, Virginia and Washington D.C. At those meets she has had numerous first place finishes and broken school records in the 50, 500 and 1000 yard freestyle, 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke.
At the swim meet last weekend competing against the Catholic University of America in Washington, Cathers won all three of her individual events, and broke three school records in two of those events as well as another record from leading off her relay team.
Her results earned her the Carolina conference swimmer of the week honours.
Zachary Dumas has competed in three swim meets for the University of Victoria’s Vikings in Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver, with numerous first place finishes over the span.
Dumas has already posted many personal best times, including a three second drop in his best event, the 400 meter individual medley.
He is now only three seconds off the CIS time standard in the event, which if he beats will allow him to compete at Canadian University Championships.
Arthur Firmino has competed in two swim meets this season, also for the University of Victoria’s Vikings in Victoria and Nanaimo. Firmino has had his best result so far this season in Nanaimo in the 200 metre breaststroke where he took three seconds off his personal best time and finished second overall in the event.