By Tim Baker
At the Prince Rupert Northwest Holiday Invitational and Points North Duel Meet from December 7 to 9, 17 Marlins were in the pool pushing themselves to excellence.
They made our club proud and six came away with medals in their respective divisions. Kamryn O’Neill placed second in the Girls 10 and under division. In the Girls 11-12 Division, Megan Forrest placed second and Anais Ramos-Gadbois placed third.
Meaghan Skinner completed our female medalists with a third-place finish in the Girls 13-14 Division. Our boys also took home some medals with Dallas Gray placing first in the Boys 10 and under Division and Grayden Rusconi taking home first place in the Boys 11-12 Division.
Also in the news, three former Kitimat Marlin swimmers are continuing their competitive swimming careers and are having great success.
Arthur Firmino, Kleanza Cathers and Zachary Dumas competed at their major mid-season swim meets in December and had some excellent results.
Firmino and Dumas, both swimming with the University of Victoria Vikings, had their mid-season swim meet at B.C.’s biggest swim invitational, the Victoria Christmas Cracker Invitational.
Firmino had huge improvements in the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke. He came within a second of the CIS time standard in the 100 meter breaststroke and within two seconds in the 200 meter breaststroke, to qualify for Canadian University Swim Championships. He placed second in the 200 breaststroke and third in the 100 breaststroke.
Dumas who achieved, and is still qualified for, the Canadian University Championships from last season, also had some excellent swims. He had his best placing in the 200 breaststroke, placing third just behind Firmino.
Cathers, swimming with NCAA Division 2 Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina, had her big mid-season meet in Richmond, Virginia. She lowered her own school record in the 200 yard backstroke, swam to all personal best times and is ranked top five in multiple events in the Carolina Conference.