Monday, November 15, 2010

MOR Winter Swim League Begins Jan. 10-Discount Through Dec. 15

The Marlins Of Raleigh Swim Team will offer its Winter Swim League beginning January 10. Registration is available at WSL is offered 2 times/week for 11 weeks begining January 10 for non-year round swimmers to improve their technique in all 4 competitive strokes, starts and turns in a a fun learning environment. The program is run by MOR's professional staff and is held at St. Mary's School in Raleigh and Millbrook Pool in North Raleigh. Cost for this popular program is just $250 but is only $225 if registered by Dec. 15. This program fills up quickly so sign up early and get the discound.
For more information contact Jonathan Watson at or call 851-3000.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Looking for a Coach!

The Hedingham Sharks, a TSA swim club, is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic individual with competitive swimming and coaching experience. The team consists of approximately 90 swimmers ranging in ability from novice to high-level and in age from 4 to 17. Practices are held at Hedingham’s private homeowners' association pool on Mondays through Thursdays from 4:00-7:00 PM, starting in May and ending in July. Successful candidate must have previous competitive coaching experience, knowledge of stroke development and swim techniques, good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate well with young children and parents, plus good organizational skills. Candidate must pass NC criminal background check. The Coach will be required to conduct daily practices geared towards maximizing the swimmer’s potential, attend all swim meets as scheduled, maintain team roster and attendance records, assist with team fundraising, communicate in a positive manner with swimmers, parents and homeowner association board, and oversee assistant swim coaches.

Please submit resumes to Jennifer Moore.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

2011 Meet Calendar

On Sunday evening, one of the meet calendar proposals from the post-season survey finally reached 40 votes, a level which constitutes a majority of TSA's 78 member teams.

The winning calendar option schedules meets on six consecutive Tuesdays, starting on June 14th and ending on July 19th – basically identical to the 2010 calendar, though the dates all move up by one day due to the usual precession of the calendar from year to year. The teams voting in favor of this motion were:

Bedford at Falls River
Brier Creek
Carlyle & Chatsworth
Cary Park
Coachman's Trail
Eagle Ridge
Falls River
Jewish Community Center
North Raleigh
North Ridge & Raleigh Racquet
Olive Chapel
Park Village
Quail Hollow
Regency Park
Seven Oaks
Shepherd's Vineyard
Summerfield North
Sunset Ridge
The Reserve
University Club
Walden Creek
Weldon Ridge
Wellington Park
Wood Valley
Zebulon & Zebulon Country Club

Three other teams (Brookstone, Haddon Hall, Meredith Townes) also recorded a vote for this proposal, but I did not count them because they also recorded a separate vote for a different meet calendar proposal, so their overall intention is unclear. Nevertheless, the other 40 affirmative votes are enough to give the favored option an absolute majority of the Board, so we will adopt that schedule.

If your team still hasn’t completed the post-season survey, please don’t ignore it just because we have decided the meet calendar for next year. The survey is also your only chance to register your preferences for your 2011 committee assignments, so please fill it out if yours is one of the few remaining holdout teams.

2011 Board of Directors Meetings

Fall is in full swing, and that means TSA Board of Directors meetings will begin in a mere three months. As usual, Board meetings will be held at 7:00 PM on the third Tuesday of each month. The 2011 meeting lineup is as follows:

January 18th at University Club, located at 4200 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh (Exit 3 from the I-440 Beltline)

February 15th at the Triangle Aquatic Center (TAC), located at 275 Convention Drive in Cary (Exit 291 from I-40, then turn left into Cary Towne Center mall at first traffic signal).

March 15th at the TAC

April 12th at the TAC (Note change in date!)

May 17th at University Club

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Save this date! AquaGala

Join the festivity

At the annual


A Celebration of Aquatics in the triangle

on Saturday, February 26

libations at six in the evening

and dinner by Biaggi’s

Triangle Aquatic Center

275 Convention Drive

Cary, North Carolina

Invitation to Follow

For more information contact

Alisa wright Colopy or 919-673-4685

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Marlins Of Raleigh-Wolfpack Aquatics to hold New Parents Meeting

The Marlins Of Raleigh-Wolfpack Aquatics will hold its New Parent Meeting on Wednesday Aug. 25 at 7pm at the University Club on Hillsborough St. This meeting is for all new parents to MOR and for any parents interested in finding out more about year round swimming. MOR will be offering a new site at NC State University for AG I and AG II swimmers this year. MOR's Evaluation Clinic will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at two locations: 5-6pm Peace College or 5-6pm Ravenscroft School. For more information go to or call 851-3000.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Educational Grant Winners for 2010

[From Secretary Debra Ryan:]

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Philip Ahlers (Shepherds Vineyard)
Jordan Bennett (Durant Trails)
Lauren Brendle (Quail Hollow)
Harrison Carter (Wood Valley)
Austin Crockett (Kildaire Farms)
Hannah Eubanks (Quail Hollow)
Morgan Jones (Heritage of Wake Forest)
Dan Konzman (Wellsley)
Mabel Kuehr-McLaren (Apex)
Emily Margagliotti (Apex)
Matt McGoogan (Scottish Hills)
Matthew Milstead (Stonebridge)
Evan Musten (University Club)
Mac Ogden (Cary Swim Club)
Ryan Polli (Silverton)
Celia Rasp (Apex)
Michael Rosenberg (Scottish Hills)
Bradlee Speice (Scottish Hills)
Sierra Wheeler (Planters Walk)
Zach Willis (Medfield)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

2010 Division Champions

[From Vice President Mike Kaufman:]

Congratulations to our Divisional Winners for 2010!

TSA Overall Champion: Prestonwood Piranhas

Northern League Division 1 Champions: Seven Oaks Marlins
Northern League Division 2 Champions: Springdale Aquabears
Northern League Division 3 Champions: Harrington Grove Stingrays
Northern League Division 4 Champions: Summerfield North Stingrays
Northern League Division 5 Champions: North Hills Superstars
Northern League Division 6 Champions: Manchester Marlins
Northern League Division 7 Champions: TCC at Brentwood Seahawks
Northern League Division 8 Champions: Lakemont Torpedoes
Northern League Division 9 Champions: Jewish Community Center J-Rays
Northern League Division 10 Champions: Meredith Townes Mudpuppies

Southern League Division 1 Champions: Prestonwood Piranhas
Southern League Division 2 Champions: Scottish Hills Sea Lions
Southern League Division 3 Champions: Scotts Mill Sea Dragons
Southern League Division 4 Champions: Cary Park Sea Dragons
Southern League Division 5 Champions: Apex Breakers
Southern League Division 6 Champions: Olive Chapel Otters
Southern League Division 7 Champions: Medfield MARC Sharks
Southern League Division 8 Champions: Oxxford Hunt Swampfoxxes
Southern League Division 9 Champions: Garner Dolphins

Divisional winners all trophies can be picked up at Creative Images in Cary starting on Tuesday.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Results of New Wave Greater Raleigh Summer Championship meet

Thanks to WAVE for successfully hosting 35 teams at TAC for the Greater Raleigh meet on July 11. They have made team scores and event results available on the web, along with results suitable for importing into Team Manager.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mobile Concession with DELICIOUS SMOOTHIES

The Smoothie Shack is a mobile concession business. We offer delcious, healthy smoothies made from 100% fresh fruit puree. They are low in calories, zero fat and taste amazing. Please call Vivian at (919) 818-1169 or email us at to book us at your next swim event! We will customize drinks and snacks to meet your needs.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Stroke and Turn Judges 2010

This link will take you to the Stroke and Turn Judges sheet for 2010. Enjoy the summer swim.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Lane lines

By any chance does anyone know of a club that is upgrading their lane lines and wants to sell or donate their old ones? call 363 1414

Sunday, June 6, 2010

One Million Visitors in 2 ½ Years - Triangle Aquatic Center

Two and a half years ago the Triangle Aquatic Center (TAC) opened the Curran Aquatic Center to the Triangle community. Since then, the facility has served the aquatic needs of the Triangle community in pursuit of a mission of health, safety, recreation and competition aquatic programming. In its first year of operations, TAC was recognized by Aquatics International as one of the best aquatics facilities in the country -- no small feat for the 72,000 square foot oasis in Cary, NC. Built by the determination of volunteers and the generosity of donors, TAC has become a tremendously successful nonprofit grassroots organization that operates one of the highest caliber year-round aquatic facilities in the country - without the use of taxpayer funding.

Based on TAC’s best estimates, the Curran Aquatic Center will welcome its ONE MILLIONTH (1,000,000) guest by the end of June. This milestone will be a celebration for the thousands of supporters and donors that had the vision and determination to build the aquatic facility, and will serve to commemorate the importance of this wonderful nonprofit facility to the Triangle communities.

You can be one in a million -- if you are not already!

Visit the Triangle Aquatic Center and see who is making a splash in our community.

For more information contact:

Alisa Wright Colopy

(919) 673-4685

The Triangle Aquatic Center is a nonprofit charitable organization with a mission to build and operate public aquatic facilities for the health, safety, recreation and competition needs of Triangle citizens and aquatic organizations. TAC was founded in 2002 to address the year-round public aquatic facility needs of the Triangle community and opened its first public aquatic facility, the Curran Aquatic Center, in Cary on October 28, 2007.

Triangle Aquatic Center Launches New Service to the Triangle Community

Cary NC - The award winning management team of the nonprofit Triangle Aquatic Center has launched a new service to the Triangle community. In pursuit of its mission to build and operate aquatic facilities for the Triangle community, starting in June, Triangle Aquatics will be available to Triangle area pools (neighborhood and competitive) to provide comprehensive pool management services including but not limited to pool inspections, openings, staff selection, training and supervision, maintenance, repairs, swim lessons, swim team coaching, seasonal closings and off-season care.

Derek Wall, Vice President of TAC Operations understands that many summer pools are managed by volunteer board members who find it challenging to juggle the many facets of pool operations required to provide its members with a safe, clean facility and a great overall aquatic experience. Triangle Aquatics will develop a management plan that will address the unique needs of each aquatic facility, instead of a one size fits all approach.

Wall states, “it’s the day to day operations that become a burden. Triangle Aquatics is designed to take the monkey off the back of pool owners with a seamless transfer of responsibility. It’s as easy as a phone call! “

“Making Pool Solutions CRYSTAL CLEAR"

For more information contact:

Derek Wall

919-459-4047 ext 224

919-744-0284 (cell)

The Triangle Aquatic Center is a nonprofit charitable organization with a mission to build and operate public aquatic facilities for the health, safety, recreation and competition needs of Triangle citizens and aquatic organizations. TAC was founded in 2002 to address the year-round public aquatic facility needs of the Triangle community and opened its first public aquatic facility, the Curran Aquatic Center, in Cary on October 28, 2007. Triangle Aquatics will improve operations of aquatic facilities throughout Triangle communities.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Location of coaches clinic

Note that the Coaches Clinic tonight(June 2) is at the Lochmere Highlands facility. The time is 7:00 PM. Lochmere Highlands

TSA rules state that each team must have at least one of its coaches attend a Coaches’ Clinic. Instructors are well known year round coaches that provide good information as well as additional resources for those that attend.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Starter Clinics

A clinic for Starters is planned to be held at Quail Hollow on June 8. The time is 7:00 PM.

Remind your potential starters that Silverton in Cary will also host a Starter Clinic this Saturday (May 29). The time is 9:00 AM.

Starters can find very helpful documents on the TSA web site; see: Starter Event Form, Starter Script, Starter Clinic Summary and Starter How-Tos.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cecil L. Williamson Educational Grants

On May 18th 2010, the TSA Board of Directors approved by acclamation a motion to rename TSA's Educational Grant program in honor of the late Cecil Williamson, who passed away in February at the age of 55.

Cecil Williamson was involved with TSA and with the larger swimming community for almost two decades. Beginning in 1987 as a Stroke and Turn Judge with the Kildaire Farms Racquet and Swim Club, Cecil rapidly became an institution at swim meets, officiating at TSA Championship Meets, Junior Championship Meets and Cary City Invitational Meets. Cecil was certified by USA Swimming as a Stroke and Turn Judge, as a Meet Referee and as a Meet Manager. He studied at the USA Swimming Training Center in Colorado and in turn mentored many local TSA parent volunteers through clinics and workshops and during meets. Cecil used his talents to serve the wider swimming world as well, officiating at meets held by year-round swim teams such as RSA and the YMCA and at the Special Olympics. He likewise gave his time to competitions held at Wake County high schools, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Such was Cecil's dedication to swimming that he continued to volunteer his time to TSA and other swimming events for many years after his own children had ceased to swim competitively, until his illness finally forced him away from the sport in 2005.

Cecil Williamson was known as an honest and dedicated man, passionate about making swimming a sport for everyone. His hard work over many years helped make TSA the organization it is today, and we in turn are grateful to commemorate Cecil by naming the TSA Educational Grants in his honor.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Southern Wake Invitational Meet at Lochmere - July 11, 2010

The meet information for S.W.I.M. has been emailed to most teams already. If you did not receive that information, and your team wishes to attend, you can find the meet information on the MOR website.

Please email your intent to attend S.W.I.M., with approximate number of swimmers, to Cindie Lawton by May 28, 2010. As we get closer to the meet, the MOR website will have all updates and changes. If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact Cindie.

We are looking forward to another great meet!

Monday, May 17, 2010

May Board of Directors Meeting

Remember, our final in-person Board meeting of 2010 is coming up this Tuesday (May 18) at 7:00. We will be meeting at the NC State University Club again. If you can, please print and bring your own copy of the meeting agenda and the March Meeting Minutes.

The Board meeting proper should be short, which will allow us to distribute meet management materials and then adjourn directly into our annual Meet Management Clinic. Everyone is welcome to stay for this clinic, but it will be most useful for new TSA reps and for new clubs (including exhibition teams). If you are unable to attend the clinic but have questions, be sure to read the meet organization document on the TSA website and to familiarize yourself with some of the other resources on the site.

If you find it difficult to attend Tuesday’s meeting, I strongly urge you to find some other team parent to send in your place. As mentioned above, the meeting itself will last only a few minutes, and arranging for someone attend will save you the inconvenience of having to track down your team’s bag of meet materials later.

In the meantime, please make sure that your coaches and parent volunteers know about the various clinics described on the TSA Blog. Each team must send at least one coach to a Coach’s clinic. The Starter’s clinic is optional, but highly recommended for new starters. Attendance at one of the Stroke & Turn Judge’s clinics is mandatory for every judge unless they already have a separate accreditation from USA Swimming, NCAA, NCHSAA or YMCA; officials with such credentials will need to contact TSA Vice President Mike Kaufman in order to claim the clinic exemption.

Most teams have already started registering members, so please be sure all your swimmers are in compliance with the TSA rules, specifically the eligibility requirements described in Article 304. Be especially careful to check the eligibility of any coaches or lifeguards that may wish to compete on the team, as they must still meet all club membership requirements in order to join the club’s swim team. In particular, if your club is a homeowner’s association in which pool membership is restricted solely to residents of a particular neighborhood, non-resident staff members may NOT compete for your swim team as they are, by definition, not eligible for club membership.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Black Horse Run Assistant Coach Needed

Black Horse Run in North Raleigh is looking for an assistant coach for the upcoming summer swim season. We are a relatively small team with approximately 70-90 swimmers. Our head coach is seasoned and well respected by the adults and children on the team. She would be a a great coach to work with. If you are energetic, knowledgeable, and enjoy working with children, this is the job for you. Contact Meg at with any inquiries.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Diving Clinic / Free & Back Starts

We are excited to offer you an opportunity to have your student(s) attend 1 of 4 diving clinics Coach Matt and Coach Lizzy will be offering on Saturday, May 22! We have had many parents make the request and are happy to be able to offer these classes!

Classes will take place at TAC in the program pool and will be 40 minutes long. The cost of the class will be $15 per student. Students MUST be 5 years or older and MUST be level 3 and above. Ideally they should be joining a swim team for the first time or have been on a swim team last year.

Coach Matt and Lizzy will work with all students, so please sign up for either instructor - they already have the class content planned. We have 32 slots in total and acceptance will be based on a first come, first served policy. Register online today by clicking here.

Please contact us vis email if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Triangle Swim School / Support Team

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Lifeguard chair for sale

Passing this along...

Lifeguard chair in excellent condition available for sale in Cary. Any offer will be considered.

Please contact JC at 467-6098 if interested as this will go fast.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Coaches' Clinic

Northbrook is hosting a Coaches' Clinic on Thursday, May 20. The time is 7:00 PM. Let your coaches know that Jonathan Watson will be instructing. He always has excellent information and provides wonderful resources especially for newer coaches.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Saturday Stroke and Turn Clinic June 5

We have scheduled a Saturday Stroke and Turn Clinic on Saturday June 5 at 8:00 AM. The location is Cary Swim Club. Thanks to Cary Swim Club for hosting and providing an instructor. The clinic is expected to last about 90 minutes.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Clinics update

Additional Clinics are scheduled.

Silverton in Cary will host a Starter Clinic on Saturday May 29. We had suggestions to have clinics on weekends. The time is 9:00 AM. Remember that good starters run fast and efficient meets. This clinic can be very helpful.

Lochmere is hosting a Coaches Clinic on June 2. The time is 7:00 PM. TSA rules state that each team must have at least one of its coaches attend a Coaches’ Clinic. Instructors are well known year round coaches that provide good information as well as additional resources for those that attend.

Lochmere is the site of another Stroke and Turn Clinic on June 1. This clinic starts at 7:00 PM and will last around 90 minutes.

We expect to have additional clinics at Northern Division Clubs for Starters, Coaches and Stroke and Turn Judges.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Stroke and Turn Clinics

The Clinics Committee has scheduled several Stroke and Turn Clinics.

Scotts Mill will be hosting a Stroke and Turn clinic on May 4th at 7:00 PM in their clubhouse. This will include new stroke and turn judges. This clinic is expected to go at a slower pace and have more questions.

The Jewish Community Center will host a Stroke and Turn Clinic on Wednesday May 26 at 7:00.

Attending a Stroke and Turn Clinic is required each year for anyone in your club who will be serving as a stroke and turn judge. We are planning to have two at North Division Clubs and two at South Division clubs.

Weekday Clinics begin at 7:00 PM and usually last until approximately 8:30.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Reminder: April 20th Board of Directors meeting has been canceled

For anyone who missed last month's meeting, we finished our off-season business and therefore decided to cancel the April 20th Board meeting. The only remaining Board meeting before the summer will be the May 18th meeting at University Club. This will be a very short meeting where you can pick up your club's bag of meet materials; we then adjourn into a Meet Management clinic for any new reps interested in learning about how to run a meet.

On a related topic, Clinics Committee chairman Tony McCullough has almost firmed up the first batch of clinic events and will be sending out scheduling details within a few days.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

MOR to Host Speedo Olympic Clinic with Peter Vanderkaay

The Marlins Of Raleigh will host the Speedo Olympic Swim Clinic with Peter Vanderkaay on Saturday, April 17 from 9-11 am at NCSU's Willis Casey Natatorium.

Vanderakaay will cover the finer points of freestyle swimming and some of the motivation that has led him to two Gold Medals in the 800 Free Relay at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Peter has an incredible work ethic born from his club days in Michigan and his four years of daily racing with Michael Phelps.

Admission to the clinic is just $20 for swimmers and free for their parents. Registration is available at or call 851-3000. Space is limited.

"MOR is fortunate to have Speedo as our sponsor and they are the ones responsible for making this clinic happen. Peter is the fourth Olympian to speak at MOR's clinic, following in the footsteps of Nate Dusing (2000, 2004), Ryan Lochte (2004, 2008), and Katie Hoff (2004, 2008). This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best freestylers in the world!" -- Paul Silver.

TSA Dues

Just a reminder that the TSA dues deadline is April 30th. Please send your payment as soon as possible. If you are not sure whether your Club has submitted payment, please send me an e-mail. Thank you for your help.

Cathy Brunk

Head Swim Coach for TAC Torpedoes

Triangle Aquatic Center is looking for a head coach for their TSA summer league team, the TAC Torpedoes. This is the first year TAC will have a competitive TSA summer team. The head coach will be responsible for managing a team of 30-50 swimmers who will compete amongst other TSA South League teams. TAC is looking for a coach who is willing to work with management for further development of the TAC Torpedoes.

Please contact Julia Herman for further information or visit

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring Clinics summary

Be sure to let your team's swimmers know about the various spring tune-up clinics that are available in the area. The TSA home page has now been updated with links to all four of them:

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ribbons and awards

Hey TSA! Time to get going on those ribbon orders. As always, we guarantee the best prices as well as quality and customer service! Just bring in last years ribbon order with this years requirements and we'll get them going for you! Now is the time before things get too busy before the ribbon production starts to back up.

Also, Crown Trophy of Cary has many new medals and awards this season. Stop by or email for a free catalog. It was a pleasure working with you'all last season and we look forward to working with you this season.

Crown Trophy of Cary is now a proud sponsor of the Triangle Aquatics Center located less than 1 mile from our store at the corner of Cary Towne Blvd. and Maynard Road next to CiCi's Pizza!


Swim on!

Monday, March 15, 2010

North Raleigh Championship Meet Date Change

The date of the North Raleigh Championship Meet hosted at Ravenscroft pool has changed. The new date for this meet will be Sunday, July 18th. The meet information is now available. If your club would like a copy, please visit the Marlins of Raleigh Swim Team website or e-mail Coach Cara Cameron. This end-of-season summer league meet is open to all swimmers from all TSA clubs wishing to participate.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Spring Clinics offered by NC State swim team

Wolfpack Assistant Coach Stephen Mellor asked me to let TSA teams know about the spring clinics that NC State is offering in March and April.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hawthorne Stingrays seeking coach

Hawthorne Stingrays are looking for and outgoing and energetic person to help coach our summer swim team. We are a long standing member of TSA North league and last year had 47 members. We need someone who works well with children ages 4-18 and has excellent communication with parents alike. Coaches will be responsible for planning and directing practices, motivating swimmers and planning social events throughout the swim season.

Familiarity with TSA rules and regulations helpful but not required. Coaches must have knowledge of proper stroke mechanics in order to be considered for the position. Ideal candidates will have experience of swim meet preparation and logistics.
If interested please contact for more information.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

TSA Dues

TSA Reps,

TSA dues bills were e-mailed to the Reps listed on the TSA website on March 3rd. If you did not receive this e-mail, please contact me and I will forward you a copy. Make sure checks are made payable to TSA or Tarheel Swimming Association.
Please e-mail with any questions.

Thank you for your prompt attention.

Cathy Brunk

Monday, March 1, 2010

Highcroft Hurricanes Needs Assistant Coach

Assistant coach needed for Highcroft Swim Team in Cary (approximately 160 swimmers). The assistant coach works with the head coach in planning, organizing, and coordinating all summer swim team practices and meets. The coach also assists with hiring and supervising part-time coaching staff. Prior swim team coaching and competitive swim team experience required. We offer competitive pay based on experience. Please send resume to if interested.

Assistant Coach(es) for Meredith Townes

Meredith Townes is looking to add one or two assistant coaches to our roster. We are a team of 80 plus swimmers located near Rex Hospital and Meredith College. We have a lot of heart and like to have a lot of fun in the sun. Come help us swim fast this summer. Individuals with swimming experience are sought to work with our youth swimmers from ages 4 to 18.
Please send me your resume or contact information to

I look forward to having another great season.


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Coach needed at Black Horse Run

Black Horse Run in North Raleigh is in need of a coach for their summer swim team. Approximate enrollment of 80 swimmers. Small team but a lot of spirit. Contact me for more information.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Free Lane Line Reel

Highcroft has a used lane line reel that we would like to donate to a new team in need. Pictures are available by request.

Please contact us at if interested.

Rankings Proposal Passes

The polls have closed and the results are now in. The motion to approve the proposed rankings PASSES.

Voting AGAINST the motion: 1 team (University Club)

Not voting: 20 teams:
Black Horse Run
Carpenter Village
Cary Park
Crooked Creek
Dutchman Downs
Granite Falls
Jewish Community Center
North Raleigh
Oak Park
Planter’s Walk
Regency Park
Riverwood at Mingo Creek
Seven Oaks
TCC at Brentwood
Wellington Park

Voting FOR the motion: 57 teams (all others)

Thanks to the folks on the Leagues & Scheduling Committee for all their hard work.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Weldon Ridge Currently Seeking Coaches

The Weldon Ridge swim team is currently interviewing candidates for 2010 head and assistant coaching positions. We are a new swim team with ~ 85 swimmers. We are located near Cary Park and Panther Creek High School. If interested, please forward your resume to Brian at or call 919-244-4196 for more information. Thanks.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Swim Team insurance?

Our HOA is recommending that the team carry an accident and health policy with a $25,000 limit in addition to the insurance carried by the neighborhood. What do other teams do on this issue? Also do any pools require signed waivers and release forms from visiting teams? Thanks for the advice. Cris

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

MOR IN MAY Accepting Participants Now

The annual MOR in MAY swim clinic will be held April 26-May 15, 2010 in three locations--Ravenscroft School in North Raleigh, St. Mary's School in Central Raleigh and Riverwood Golf & Athletic Club in Clayton. The swim clinic is run by coaches from the Marlins of Raleigh and is a great refresher for those summer swimmers who may not have been in a pool that often during the winter months. The 3-week clinic is offered three days each week. Complete information is available on the MOR swim team website at The clinic cost is $90 per student for nine one-hour classes. The clinic generally fills quickly, so please be sure to mail in the application prior to April 9, 2010.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Agenda for tomorrow's Board of Directors meeting

Greetings TSAers,

Don’t forget that the next Board of Directors meeting is tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 7:00 at University Club (on Hillsborough Street between the State Fairgrounds and the Beltline). Please be punctual, as we have a very full agenda and only a limited amount of time.

As always, I highly encourage everyone to print their own copy of the meeting agenda to bring with them. You might also want to print copies of the meeting minutes from January, as well as the ones from May, which Debra Ryan astutely pointed out have not yet been approved.

See you all then.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

NC State Camps - Coming This Summer!!

Hi there TSA

I'm writing to notify you all that NC State is in the process of setting up swim camps for the summer of 2010 and we want as many TSA Summer leaguers as possible to get involved!!

We are in the final stages of planning and have a great team of both coaches and swimmers that will run the day long events.The camps will last an entire day (9am-5pm) and focus on technique, fun, and lots of interaction with the college team

Right now we are looking for feedback from all TSA reps in relation to how interested you may be in becoming involved. The dates are being finalized but they will all be held on Saturdays during the course of the summer season.

With this blog we hope to learn more from you all about the liklihood of your team getting involved. We intend to have both individual pricing and group pricing (groups of 25 or more swimmers with more savings the more swimmers you have after that) which could provide a good way of saving money for your team if you have a large interest

So like I said, please state your interest in this great opportunity. Let us know who you are, which team you are from, and any information you would like.

Watch this space as we finalize all the little details and get the camps up and running

Steve Mellor-NC State Coach

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Park Village Swim Team Needs Assistant Coaches

The Park Village swim team is seeking two assistant coaches for the 2010 season. We are located in Cary and usually have around 100 swimmers. We offer practices twice a day during the week with no weekend practices scheduled. Assistant coaches will also have the opportunity to offer swim lessons to pool members to earn additional compensation. Interested individuals should forward their resume to Tracey at

Monday, January 25, 2010

Swim Coach Recruitment

Hollands Crossing Division 9 winners last season are seeking a new head coach and an assistant coach this season. Please send leads to any and all networking appreciated on this one folks! Cris

Monday, January 18, 2010

Agenda for tomorrow's Board of Directors meeting

Hi again folks,

The agenda for tomorrow night’s TSA Board meeting can be found here. Please print a copy to bring with you if you can.

As promised, the postseason survey results from last year are now available.

See you all tomorrow night.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Results of 2009 Post-Season Survey

At long last, the results of the 2009 post-season survey are ready. Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the entire survey.

As with the previous survey, I have broken the results up into separate thematic sections, each represented by one of the links below. As before, all results are anonymous, and a few comments have been redacted [denoted by square brackets like this] to remove specific identifying information. All financial information has been aggregated over large numbers of teams, so it will not be possible to deduce specific dollar amounts spent by any particular club.

Survey sections:

Friday, January 15, 2010

Reminder: First meeting is next Tuesday

Happy New Year TSA Reps!

This is your friendly reminder that TSA Board of Directors meetings for 2010 kick off next Tuesday evening the 19th at 7:00 at the Triangle Aquatic Center (TAC) in Cary. Each team should send a Rep or Alternate to attend. I will include a link to the meeting agenda in an email message I will send out this weekend (likely Sunday night), so that everyone can get a preview of what’s on tap for the meeting, and so that you can print your own copies to bring along with you Tuesday. As always, a small number of printed copies will be available at the meeting in case there are a few folks who forgot to bring their own, but supplies will be limited. If there is any subject that you would like to have added to the agenda, please let me know about it by Saturday.

Some of you may have wondered why we have not conducted an online election for the two offices whose terms just expired (President and Secretary). The reason for this omission is that we cannot hold such an election until we have at least one nominee for each post, and there are no nominations for Secretary so far. We will therefore conduct elections for both offices at Tuesday’s meeting, and we will not be able to consider any other items on the agenda until we have filled BOTH posts. Anyone with some experience of TSA Board meetings is qualified to perform the duties of TSA Secretary, so please consider stepping up to help out. Nominations can be sent to me via email before the meeting, and can be made from the floor during the meeting. Nominations for President can also be made using either of those methods.

I am putting the finishing touches on a summary of the 2009 Post-season Survey results now and will include a link to them in the email message I will send out this weekend.

See you all Tuesday!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cary Park Sea Dragons Assistant Swim Coach Wanted

The Cary Park Sea Dragons are looking for an assistant coach for its summer swim league. The Sea Dragons are a 180 member, TSA Division 4 team of swimmers age 5 to 18 that is run by an enthusiastic and supportive group of parent volunteers. We are seeking an enthusiastic, organized individual with proficiency in stroke mechanics, the ability to motivate swimmers of all ages and skill levels, and strong communication skills with parents, swimmers, and other coach(es).

Duties include, but are not limited to: day-to-day team operations, development and supervision of age group appropriate workouts, assisting in preparing and submitting meet entries, attending swim team planning/parent meetings.

The position is part time from mid-May through July. The assistant coach must be available weekday mornings and evenings for practices, Saturday mornings for practices, Tuesday evenings for swim meets, and occasional weekend days for invitational swim meets.

The ideal candidate will have prior swim team coaching experience, competitive swim team experience, and be proficient with Hy-Tek Meet Manager software. Knowledge of TSA rules and regulations is helpful.
If interested, please send resume to

Thursday, January 7, 2010


The Marlins of Raleigh year-round swim team is hosting an 11-week clinic called the Winter Swim League at the St. Mary's School pool in central Raleigh. Registration information and details are on our website at In addition to swimmers we would love to add a few coaches to the staff to assist our own coaches in the running of this clinic. We will compensate those who can help us. The Winter Swim League (WSL) is being run in two groups. We have a Monday & Thursday group and a Wednesday & Friday group. Both groups are in the water for 45minutes each day. If you are interested in helping to coach either of these groups, please contact Jonathan Watson at The MOR office phone number is 919-851-3000. If anyone has swimmers interested who might like to participate in the MOR WSL program, the Mon/Thurs group is FULL, but we could accommodate a few more swimmers on Wed/Fri.