Thursday, July 16, 2020

Marlins of Raleigh Swim Team

TSA Swimmers,

I know some of you have an active summer swimming program underway while, unfortunately, some were unable to offer a program this season.  Swimming will return  to normal at some point, but we want to make you aware of swimming opportunities that you can take advantage of right now.

The Marlins Of Raleigh Swim Team (MOR) is the only team in North Carolina that has achieved Podium Club Status in USA Swimming's Club Excellence program by virtue of achieving Gold Medal status 4 years in a row.  In fact, MOR is one of only 5 teams in the US and the only team in the Southeast to be so recognized.  In addition, MOR had 15 swimmers qualified for the 2020 US Olympic Trials, one of the highest totals in the US.  Yet there are 650 MOR swimmers and not all of them are Olympic Trials qualifiers.  For that matter, our Olympic Trials Qualifiers were all beginners at one point and were taught and prepared by the MOR staff to focus on details, how to work hard and set goals and have fun which allowed them to attain their dreams.  Young swimmers at MOR can achieve excellence as well as our 10-Under girls broke both 10-Under National Age Group records last summer.  They are all TSA summer swimmers, just like you!

MOR was one of the first teams in the US to return to swimming following state and national guidelines.  We developed protocols which allowed swim practice to occur in a clean, safe environment.  We are continuing those efforts today.   The CDC states that swimming is one of the safest activities to participate in as the chlorine kills the COVID-19 virus.  Additionally, the CDC states that exercise is essential for the physical and mental well-being of young people.

MOR's 2020-2021 season begins September 8th and our registration is now open.  But don't wait too long to sign up, as we expect to fill all of our spots by late July for some groups and early August for others.  We have convenient locations and you need to be evaluated by one of our staff.  In order to schedule an evaluation, contact:

North Raleigh-Cara Cameron
Raleigh-Lizzy Ring          
Cary-Lindsay Takkunen   
Clayton-John Fischetti    

Or you may call the MOR office at 919-851-3000.

We look forward to meeting you and starting you on your path to success in and out of the pool.

Coach Silver

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Cecil L Williamson TSA Educational Grant winners

For this unprecedented swim season, the TSA Board of Directors is pleased to still be able to award the Cecil L Williamson TSA Educational grants.  On Monday (6/22/20), TSA President Tracey Mizell and TSA Secretary Jenny Smith drew 25 names from the final list of eligible TSA graduating seniors for the Cecil L Williamson TSA Educational Grant. 

The list of winners is below.  Each winner will receive an Educational Grant in the amount of $400.  These checks will be mailed to the address on record for each swimmer when their application was entered.  

Congratulations to all the winners!

Jack Jones
Olivia Honaker
Cary Park
Carson Williams
Coachmans Trail
Joel Charnecki
Victoria Cunningham
Benjamin Nguyen
Lily Wilkerson
Alexander Wade
Harrington Grove
Jilli Blum
Harrington Grove
Mathew Sadlowski
Heritage Wake Forest
Abby Hook
Meredith Townes
Bella Ercolina
Meredith Townes
Kate Patrick
Quail Hollow
Ruth Cates
Quail Hollow
Jack McKinley
Scottish Hills
Luke Adas
Shepherds Vineyard
Alex Harwood
Summerfield North
Nicole Mares
Summerfield North
Elizabeth Soost
Finn Kerns
The Reserve
Grey Thompson
University Club
Jack Abplanalp
University Club
Jack Frailey
Nathan Kehn
Will Brodman

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

All American Swim - Pool Facility Equipment

 All American Swim

 Kiefer Rolling Equipment Rack
All American Swim can help get you Pool Ready for Swim Team Season!

As we all wait for the day our neighborhood pool can be filled with swimmers, take a bit of time to review what you may need to make your pool ready for practice and meets.
Many of you are familiar with All American Swim when purchasing team suits, team swim caps, and swim goggles. In addition, we are a part of Kiefer Aquatics and The Lifeguard Store, so we have experts on staff that can help you with pool facility equipment as well.  

Browse our pool facility equipment online or download this PDF to see some of the items we offer. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Stay safe TSA Swim Community!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

RSA in MAYpril Summer Prep Clinics

RSA in MAYpril seasonal clinics are designed for children, ages four to eighteen, who are interested in summer league swimming.  The Firefish clinics include five fifty minute classes and the Weekend Wahoo clinics include five one hour classes.  Classes focus on skills needed for summer swimming success.  Led by RSA’s professional swim team coaches, the clinics include instruction in stroke technique, starts, turns and finishes, as well as reinforcement drills.  

Clinic Dates:                          4/25/20, 4/26/20, 5/02/20, 5/03/20, 5/9/20

Clinic Times:                         2:00 pm, 3:00 pm or 4:00 pm

Clinic Types:                         Firefish (4-6 years)* or Weekend Wahoo (11-18 years)*

Session of 5 Classes:           $125.00 (includes a RSA cap and a T-shirt)

The Firefish clinics are designed for four to six year olds and are taught in RSA’s warm water instructional pool with in-water and on-deck coaches. The Firefish curriculum focuses on the elements of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke, with an emphasis on FUN! Participants do not have to be able to swim 25 yards unassisted or be proficient in their strokes, but participants must be able to swim independently.  

The Weekend Wahoo clinics are designed for seven to eighteen year olds and are taught in RSA’s competition pool.  Participants are separated into age groups:  7-10, 11-14, 15-18.  The Weekend Wahoo curriculum focuses on the four competitive strokes, (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly), as well as starts, turns (for participants eleven years old and older), finishes and drills.  Participants must be able to swim at least 25 yards unassisted.  

Clinics are held at RSA’s Sonner Aquatic Facility located at 1013 Jones Franklin Road in Raleigh, NC.  

*Age is determined by the participant’s age as of 6/01/20 for Weekend Wahoos.
Age is determined by the participant’s age as of 4/25/20 for the Firefish.

Registration is open online at via the RSA in MAYpril Clinics button on the home page or the WSA tab on the home page.  For more information, contact us at or 919-859-4881.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Weldon Ridge Barracudas Seeking Head Coach for Summer 2020 Season

Are you enthusiastic and engaging with kids? Do you enjoy cheering and encouraging swimmers from the pool deck and in the water? Do you have experience teaching proper stroke and turn mechanics? If you answered “yes” to these questions, we want to talk to you! The Weldon Ridge Barracudas Swim Team is seeking an energetic and professional head coach for the upcoming summer 2020 season.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for developing a consistent, team-wide coaching philosophy for our summer swim team that emphasizes the dual focus of building strong swimmers and promoting a love for being in the water and being part of a team. The head coach works closely with 1-2 assistant coaches to coordinate training sessions that support both individual and team goals. The head coach attends all dual meets and assists in determining and inputting line-ups. This individual must be comfortable working with all age groups (ages 5-18).

General Responsibilities:
 Develop and coach about 100 swimmers of varying skill levels and experience
 Be passionate about swimming while developing the potential of all athletes (as much as you
can in a short summer season)
 Supervise a coaching team made of 1-2 assistant coaches
 Along with assistant coaches, develop a clear plan for training sessions
 Attend one mock meet, six dual meets and the end-of-season Cary City meet
 Assist with pre-meet activities such as determining lineups and filling out heat sheets
 Be a positive role model, maintaining high ethical moral standards
 Communicate professionally and effectively with athletes, parents, coaches and swim board
members via email and text

 Previous swimming experience (competitive swimming or rec coaching)
 Ability to coach swimmers of all skill levels and experience
 Ability to attend and lead morning and afternoon training sessions
 Knowledge of TSA rules and regulations
 Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR certifications are not required, but are a plus
 Familiarity with Hy-Tek Meet Manager as well as Swimmingly is a plus

The season starts in mid-May and runs through mid-July and includes one mock meet, six dual meets,
and the Cary City meet. Supportive environment and competitive pay offered.
If you are interested, please contact Scott Bradshaw via email at To learn more about our team, visit our website at

Reserve Stingrays Coaches Needed!

Hi TSA Reps,

The Reserve Stingrays swim team is looking for a Head Coach and an Assistant coach, minimum age 18 yrs.  Please pass along or let us know if you know of any one looking for a fun way to earn some extra cash!  See below for details.

Lisa Samples
The Reserve Stingrays TSA Rep

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

MOR in May Registration Now Open

MOR in May is a great opportunity for Summer League swimmers to refine their skills prior to the beginning of the season. Swimmers ages 5&Up will learn competitive swimming skills over a 3-week period. Age groups are based on the swimmer’s age on June 1, 2020.

All participants must be able to swim 25 yards, unaided, prior to enrolling in this program.

Registration is now open and can be found on the MOR website ( under Lessons and Clinics.  
The cost is $110 per student.

Raleigh – St. Mary’s School (120 School Chapel Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603)
April 27 – May 15, 2020 
Tuesday, Thursday 6:00-7:00pm, Friday 6:30-7:30pm

North Raleigh – Ravenscroft School (7409 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC)
April 27th - May 16th, 2020
 A: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00-8:00pm
B: Tuesday and Thursday: 7:00-8:00pm, Saturday: 9:30-10:30am

Cary – Silverton Pool (1401 Evans Rd, Cary, NC 27513)
April 20 - May 15, 2020 - No class May 1 or May 2 
Monday and Friday 5:30-6:30pm, Saturday 12-1pm

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

TSA/Crown Trophy-Raleigh 2020 Package


  • Purchase your CUSTOM swim ribbons (2”x8”, includes swim card, string and pinked bottom) at $.40 each. Price includes your choice of 29 stock colors, customized text and stock swim clip art images. Your logo can be added for a one-time $25 set up charge.

  • Crown Trophy-Raleigh provides you with a FREE 2' x 6' full color/vinyl/hemmed banner. The swim club would supply us with the “right sized” color artwork (.pdf or .jpg or .eps format) and you get this $50-60 value for FREE.

  • TSA swim teams purchases their end of season awards (trophies, medals, plaques, acrylics, crystal etc) from Crown Trophy and Awards of Raleigh.

    Crown Trophy and Awards of Raleigh
    7330 Creedmoor Road
    Raleigh,NC 27613