Friday, July 27, 2012

Marlins Of Raleigh Swim Team Fall Registration Available

The Marlins Of Raleigh Swim Team (MOR), a year-round USA Swimming Team is accepting registrations for the Fall 2012-2013 season. MOR has spots open for novice 6 year old swimmers up to Olympic level athletes. All of the 2012 US Olympic Team started on summer league teams like those in TSA and then moved on to year-round USA Swimming Clubs like MOR.

MOR Accomplishments
  • 7 full time professional coaches with over 140 years of experience.
  • The best technique driven program in the Triangle
  • MOR is a USA Swimming Silver Medal Club
  • MOR is ranked 17th out of 2700 teams in the United States in USA Swimming's Virtual Club Championships. This is the highest in the Triangle
  • MOR finished 2nd at both the 2012 NC 14-Under Champs and NC Senior Champs
  • 6 US 2012 US Olympic Trials Qualifiers
  • 1 2008 Bejing Olympian for Colombia
  • Growth from 6 to 420 swimmers since 2001. 
Improve your technique, swim fast, make friends, have fun at MOR!

Space is limited
For more information go to:
call 919-851-3000

M. A. Darrow wins Marlins Of Raleigh Scholarship

The Marlins Of Raleigh Swim Team is pleased to announce that Mary Ashley Darrow of the JCC swim team has won MOR's graduating senior scholarship. She was chosen in a drawing from swimmers' names who were submitted at the South Wake Inviational Meet (SWIM) and the North Raleigh Championships.  8 names were submitted and Mary Ashley will receive a $400 check from MOR. Congratulations Mary Ashley Darrow!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Winners of the 2012 Cecil L. Williamson TSA Educational Grants

In a public drawing held at the start of the afternoon session of today's TSA Championship Meet, President Cathy Traugot and Vice President Todd Blandford today selected the following 25 grant winners from the 124 names submitted as qualified candidates for the $400 Cecil L. Williamson TSA Educational Grants. Congratulations to these swimmers, and to all the other recent high school graduates who participated on TSA teams this summer.

Christine Malarkey (Kildaire Farms)
Cassidy Boneham (Springdale)
Victoria Bell (Dutchman Downs)
Timothy Hunn (Cary)
Kim Morgan (Glenridge)
Robby White (North Raleigh)
Sarah Jabusch (Silverton)
Cathleen Pruden (Durant Trails)
Lauren Steagall (Prestonwood)
Megan Kunkel (Cary Park)
Lindsey Lanier (Scottish Hills)
Ben Graebe (Springdale)
Bridgett Whalen (Harrington Grove)
Claire Nobles (Wellsley)
Mary Alex England (Wellsley)
Michael Cuffney (Stonebridge)
Zach Hunter (Medfield)
Matthew Rushin (Lochmere)
Summer Swango (Greystone)
Hamilton Brantley (Zebulon & Zebulon Country Club)
Joe Brunk (Stonebridge)
Hannah Lincoln (Seven Oaks)
Meredith Rawls (Cary)
Katie Vaudo (Cary Park)
Callie Voiers (Summerfield North)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 TSA Division Winners!

[Sent by TSA Vice President Todd Blandford]
While the 2012 TSA Season does not officially come to a close until this Sunday afternoon, after the final free relay of the afternoon session of the newly resurrected TSA Championship Meet, we need to recognize the Division winners from both the North and South Leagues.

I hope you all had an enjoyable and fast TSA season, and we look forward to seeing many of the Teams this weekend as we bring to close the 2012 TSA season. 

Below are the Division winners for each League.  Please join me in congratulating them on a great summer swimming season!

North League

Division 1
Seven Oaks Marlins
Division 2
Harrington Grove Stingrays
Division 3
Greenway Club at Falls River Racers
Division 4
Bedford at Falls River Sharks
Division 5
North Hills Superstars
Division 6
Brier Creek Barracudas
Division 7
Meredith Townes Mudpuppies
Division 8
Granite Falls Gators
Division 9
Carlyle & Chatsworth Lakers
Crabtree Swimming Machine
South League

Division 1
Shepherds Vineyard Killer Whales
Division 2
Cary Park Sea Dragons
Division 3
Olive Chapel Otters
Division 4
Apex Breakers
Division 5
The Reserve Stingrays
Division 6
TCC Seahawks
Division 7
Medfield (MARC) Sharks
Division 8
Garner Dolphins
Division 9
Carpenter Village Hammerheads
Division 10
TAC Torpedoes

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Automatic Timing systems

Looking for feedback on any pools using automatic timing systems.  Seen the Dolphin system in one pool and at the North Raleigh Championship meet.  Looking for pros/cons, vendors, and how this changes the format of the Tues night meet such as swimmer placement/filling lanes, and timer responsibilities. 

Todd Blevins - Springdale

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Youth Water Polo in Cary: TSA Coaches please pass along

For a third summer in a row, Triangle Aquatic Center & Triangle Water Polo Club will co-sponsor a summer youth team. The team will compete in an informal, 4-team league.  The other teams include Hertitage subdivision, Sanford Squids, and the Raleigh Seahawks. The season will begin after the TSA swim season ends (late July) and will run through late August (approximately 5 weeks).  You do not need to come to all practices or games to participate. This is informal and meant to be fun.  
 If you wish to start a team at your subdivision (Heritage did this last year), we have the balls, caps, and coaches.  Goals can be easily built for $150.  Heritage did this last year. For more information, please email:

Practice: Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 at TAC. Practice begin July 18.
Games: Saturdays (mornings or early afternoons). Game days: July 28 and Aug 4, 11, 18 & 25.
Not all games will be held at TAC. We will post game schedule later
Cost:  $5 per practice and $5 per game.  Pay at the front desk when you enter the pool facility.
Age:  11 to 17 (Girls and Boys)

Pre-requisites:  Participants should be able to swim 50 continuous yards freestyle and should feel comfortable treading water

Q: Why play water polo?  It is a fun, team sport and a great way to maintain aquatic shape during a slow time in the swim season.
Q: I can’t make all the practices or games, can I still play? A: Yes, this is an informal team and league.

Q: I have never played water polo before, would it be ok to play?  A: Yes, we will help you learn the game.
Q: Is there a crash course in water polo I can take before joining to the team?  A: Yes, we are running a 2 hour water polo clinic at TAC on Sat 7/14 from 1:00 to 3:00.  We will cover basic strategies and skills. The cost is $10.
Q: Do girls play water polo?  A: Water Polo is one of the fastest growing NCAA scholarship sports for women.  As a relatively new sport for women, it takes less experience to obtain a scholarship in this sport than others.  A decent swimmer with some knowledge of the game and natural athletic talent could earn a full ride to college. Trivia: The US men’s and women’s teams won silver medals in the 2008 Olympics.  Make sure to watch the Olympic water polo games on TV this summer!

Monday, July 9, 2012