The Kitimat marlins swim club attended the AAA long course (50 meter pool) provincial swim championships in Victoria.
The AAA provincials are the highest level provincial champs.
To attend swimmers had to achieve a minimum of two AAA provincial time standards.
The Marlins had seven swimmers qualify and had six attended the champs. There were over 700 of the best swimmers from around B.C. and the Yukon in attendance making for extremely tough competition. Each event had between 40 and 60 competitors competing in them.
Brander Pacheco (15) broke the Points North regional record in the 15-and-over 100 meter butterfly in his heat swim then re-broke it during the final placing 6th overall in the 14-15 boys category.
The old record was held by Kyle Nartz of the Terrace Bluebacks swim club from 1999.
His time was 1:02.28. Pacheco’s new record time is now 1:01.41.
Pacheco also made the A final (top eight race again to determine first to eighth every night) and finished 7th in the 200 butterfly.
Pacheco made the B final ( to determine placings 9-16th) in the 400 I’m and 200 bk placing 11th in both events.
Kleanza Cathers (14) achieved her second western national qualifying time in the 50 meter freestyle an placed 12th in the 14-15 girls b final for the event.
Zachary Dumas (14) had his best result in the 14-15 boys 400 IM placing 19th overall.
Ben Anker (15) finished just behind Dumas for his best placing of the meet, a 20th overall placing in the 14-15 boys 400 IM.
Alivia soares (14) had her best placing in the 14-15 girls 200 meter breaststroke, a 20th overall placing.
Ethan Velho (13) had his best result in the boys 12-13 year old 200 backstroke placing 23rd overall.