The Marlins finished second in overall team-scores behind the Prince Rupert Aquatic Club at the swim meet held in Prince Rupert on the weekend of January 26.
Close on their heels of the 21 swimmers were the Bulkley Valley Otters, who came in third place.
The team consisted of Gracie and Landon Baker, Colsen Calder, Charlotte Collier, Halle, Brooke and Dallas Gray, Nolen Knox, Louie and Jake Quinn, Anais Ramos-Gadbois, Josh, Caleb and McKenna Reis, Grayden Rusconi, Isaiah Silva, Iris Striker, Ewan and Gavin Thomopoulos, Liam Velho and Jacob Van Horne.
Each swimmer improved on their best time in at least one race. Several Marlins swimmers won medals for their overall competitive placement in their age categories.
In the 11-and-under category, Anais Ramos-Gadbois won the bronze medal, Jacob Van Horne won silver, and Gavin Thomopoulos won gold. Congratulations to Jacob, who swam his first 400 IM at this meet and almost beat a swimmer three years older than him.
In the 12-13 category, Brooke Gray and Grayden Rusconi both won silver medals and Ewan Thomopoulos won gold.
In the 14 and over category, Charlotte Collier won bronze and Iris Striker won silver.
This was a successful meet for the Marlins – every swimmer achieved at least one best time and several swimmers achieved best times in all of their events.
There were also exciting time-drops like Grayden’s two-minute best time in his 800 free and Isaiah’s minute-and-a-half best time in his 400 IM.
The Marlins competed well against the other teams, finishing only a handful of points behind Prince Rupert, who had more athletes competing.
The Marlins look forward to their next north-west regional meet in Smithers and on to the provincial-level tier meets in Penticton and Kamloops, for which there are currently three Marlins qualified – Grayden Rusconi, and Ewan and Gavin Thomopoulos.