The three Kitimat Marlins swimmers who are swimming in first-year college and university this year continue to excel.
All three swimmers have just competed at their focal main mid-season swim meets with fantastic results.
Zachary Dumas and Arthur Firmino, swimming with the University of Victoria Vikings, competed at the Canada West swimming championships with all of Canada’s western universities in attendance. Both had fantastic results and big drops in their personal best times.
Zachary Dumas qualified in two events (1500 metre freestyle and 400 individual medley) for the Canadian university championships. The time standards to qualify for the championships are very fast so it’s impressive that Dumas qualified in his first university season. Most university swimmers don’t qualify for the Canadian champs until their third or fourth university season, if they qualify at all. Dumas finished third in the B Final (11th overall) in the 400 IM, and 11th overall in the 1,500-metre freestyle at the swim meet.
Arthur Firmino continued to make improvements in his best stroke – breaststroke. He achieved solid personal best times in both the 100 and 200-metre breaststroke. Firmino finished 7th in the B Final (15th overall) in the 200-metre breaststroke and 20th overall in the 100-metre breaststroke.
On the east coast of the continent Kitimat swimmer Kleanza Cathers, a freshman at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina (an NCAA Div 2 school) continues to swim strong.
The school had their major mid-season meet last weekend in Ashland, Virginia – the Yellow Jacket Invitational. College teams that attended were NCAA Division 1 (the fastest U.S. level), Division 2 and Division 3.
Cathers had her best result in the 1,650-yard freestyle, breaking the school record and placing fourth overall at the swim meet. She also set personal best times in the 2200-yard freestyle placing fourth, and the 500 freestyle placing eighth.