Sunday, June 30, 2013

2013 TSA Championship Meet Entry/Waiver/Payment Reminder

Hi Everyone,

We are at the half way point of the TSA regular season and I just wanted to send out a reminder to get started on your 2013 TSA Championship Meet Entries.

Just a couple reminders:

1.)    The deadline for entries is Wednesday July 10th at 4PM. Please email me the entry file you created following the “How to use Team Manager” document  using Hytek Team Manager Lite.

2.)    Payment and Waivers are due Friday July 12th  at 7PM. Please make entry payment check out to Triangle Aquatic Center and turn into the front desk at Triangle Aquatic Center during regular business hours. Every swimmer must fill out a waiver or they will not swim.

I hope you are all having a great season thus far!

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!


Saturday, June 22, 2013

2013 TSA Championship Volunteer Assignments

Hi Everyone,

I hope your week 2 swim meets went great!

As mentioned in the meet information and previous emails when your team attends the TSA Championship you will be asked to provide 1-2 Timers per session and 1 stroke and turn judge per session. In the morning session the Saturday Teams are allowed 2 kid pushers per team, the Sunday teams are allowed 4 kid pushers per team.

Below is how we will break down the assignments for Timers and Stroke and Turn Judges.

Once you have assigned your Stroke and Turn, Timers and Kid Pushers please email me the names and position of your assigned volunteers with “TSA Volunteers” and your team name in the subject line on the email.

Saturday Teams:

ALL Teams with 10 or MORE swimmers participating on Saturday are asked to supply 1-2 Timers and 1 Stroke and Turn Judge per session.

ALL Teams with 9 or FEWER swimmers  participating on Saturday are not required to bring Timers or Stroke and Turn Judge.

You are allowed 2 Kid Pushers during the AM Session only.

Sunday Teams:

All Northern League teams participating on Sunday provide: 1-2 Timer and 1 Stroke and Turn Judge for both Sessions.

All Southern League teams participating on Sunday provide: 1-2 Timers and 1 Stroke and Turn Judge for both Sessions.

You are allowed 4 Kid Pushers during the AM session only.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Marlins of Raleigh registration has opened for 2013-14

The Marlins Of Raleigh Swim Team is now taking registrations for the 2013-2014 swim season which begins Sept. 3.  The Marlins of Raleigh (MOR) are the 2008, 2011, 2013 State Senior Champions and the highest ranked swim team in the Triangle in USA Swimming's National Virtual Club Championships ranking in the top 25 out of over 2700 teams in the US.  MOR has had 14 swimmers compete at the US  Olympic Trials and one swimmer compete in the 2008 Olympic Games.
    Our eight full-time coaches are the most experienced in NC with over 140 years coaching experience and are the top instructors of technique in the area.  4 have been head swim coaches and have had swimmers ranked #1 in the US.  We have had six NC Coach of the Year Awards bestowed on our staff.  11 of our swimmers achieved USA Swimming Scholastic All-American status combining academics and swimming accomplishments which was the highest in the Triangle. 
    MOR started with 6 swimmers in 2001 and has grown to 500 through developing swimmers from the TSA summer league teams.  We bring our team to you with 3 great convenient locations:
  • Raleigh/Cary
  • N. Raleigh
  • Clayton
    With the most recognized coaching staff in the area, hard working swimmers focusing on their goals and supportive parents, MOR is clearly Better.  
    To register, go to  today.  Register early as we had to cap our practice groups last year.  For more information call 919-851-3000.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

TAC Titans registration is now open

The vision of a unified year-round swim team fully aligned with a state-of-the art home pool facility providing public access to quality health, safety, recreation and competition aquatic programming for Triangle citizens has been part of the Triangle Aquatic Center’s (“TAC”) long-term vision from its inception in 2002. On April 8th, 2013, the TITANS began a journey of excellence and the fulfillment of the long-term vision that will provide a progression of infant through senior health, safety, recreation and competition aquatic programming that will benefit swimmers, parents, coaches and the Triangle community.

Vertically integrating and aligning life-saving learn to swim programs into the TITANS Tracks year-round swim team (Preparatory - Challenge – Elite) within its own home pool facility, the clean and quality $15 mil Triangle Aquatic Facility, will better promote the health and safety benefits of swimming and allow each child to grow and compete based on their individual abilities and level of passion.

TAC believes that joining together around a unified vision and common set of goals to promote and build competitive swimming in the Triangle to heights it has never achieved before will yield valuable benefits for the children, parents, coaches and the Triangle community. There are many good aquatic organizations in the Triangle but TAC, and now the TITANS, are on a focused and passionate aquatic journey where the only acceptable destination is great!
We invite all swimmers in the Triangle to join in the mission and unified vision of TAC and the TAC TITANS and 
become part of the journey to greatness. COME CHECK US OUT AT Evaluations will begin in July for appropriate group levels assignments.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The 2013 list of approved Stroke and Turn Judges is now available.

Hello TSA Reps -

I hope everyone is gearing up and ready for a great summer swim season with the Tarheel Swimming Association!

I wanted to pass on to you that the 2013 list of approved Stroke and Turn judges is available here:

The spreadsheet will be updated throughout the season, so if you have any updates or changes, please send them to the address.  When sending updates, please remember to list:
·         Stroke and Turn judge name
·         What club they represent
·         Where they are certified (USA Swimming, NCHSAA, etc), and their certification number.

Please take some time to look over the spreadsheet to ensure that your club and judges are accurately listed.  There are a number of clubs who currently do not have any certified Stroke and Turn officials.  It is important for every club to have certified Stroke and Turn officials. If your club does not have any, you can still get them certified at  Prior to each Tuesday’s meet, I will update the list with any additional certifications for people who have passed the online certification.

 One item of note: if your club has Stephen Mollot as a volunteer, can you please send me an email ( letting me know what club he is a volunteer for?  Somehow, his club name did not get saved to his online certification test.

 Best of luck for a great 2013 season!
Fast water,

Todd Blandford

Thursday, June 6, 2013

2013 TSA Championship Meet Post#2

TSA Reps and Coaches,

You can find the Meet File for the 2013 TSA Championship Meet as well as Meet Information now posted under the 2013 TSA Champs tab at  Please review the meet information carefully.

A few reminders as you complete your team entries.
1) Remember – SATURDAY TEAMS:  EVENTS 101-166,   SUNDAY TEAMS:  EVENTS 201-266.
2) 6 & Unders swimmers - please adjust their times for 25 yards by multiplying by 1.7
3) Please identify your team in the subject line when emailing.  If you have not sent me 3 email addresses that will be used to send all future information, please do so as soon as possible.
4) You will receive your volunteer INSTRUCTIONS shortly. We are using an online signup form this year. Each team is asked to provide 2 timers (larger teams 2 timers per session) or clerk of course volunteers, at least 1 stroke & turn official and each team may have 2 “kid pushers” for the morning sessions.
5) WAIVERS - Every swimmer entered must have one!  Please alphabetize these before turning in.  They can be mailed or dropped off at TAC.
6) Design a team sign or poster.  Each morning, the teams will meet in the parking lot and enter the pool together.  Display your sign so swimmers can find you and it can be used on deck also.

7) Email or call if you have any question!


Monday, June 3, 2013

Buy a mattress (or bedding) and support your swim team and TSA

We are excited to introduce our newest sponsor, The Organic Bedroom. Located in the Oak Park Shopping Center off Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, the store will donate 6% of the purchase price to your TSA team and 3% to TSA. This is a great offer for both our organization and your summer team.  It lasts till the end of the summer league season.

Store owners Joey and Vicki Ashley are TSA parents. Their children, Mary and Alex, swim for the Oak Park swim team. Both children started swimming with the Piranhas when they were 4. Joey is the team’s announcer and Vicki is the new TSA Rep.  “Summer League swimming has had a positive impact on the children and our family,’’ says Vicki, adding, “The whole family participates.’’ After honing their skills with the Piranhas, the children also now swim for the YMCA of the Triangle year-round swim team.

The Ashleys opened their store last year and carry mattresses made with natural, chemical-free, materials such as latex, wool and cotton. They also stock organic bedding (including bamboo), pillows, mattress protectors, mattress toppers and pads, along with platform beds and cribs. “We sell the highest qualities brands in organic bedding including Savvy Rest, Royal-Pedic, WJ Southard and Suite Sleep,’’ says Vicki adding, “All of our products have been selected by us to provide a high level of comfort, high quality and at prices comparable to major retailers.

The store is located at 5230 Hollyridge Drive in Raleigh, just off Glenwood Avenue, a mile northwest of Crabtree Valley Mall. Visit online at or call 919-521-5566.