HISTORY OF ACHIEVEMENT
The Cincinnati Marlins were founded in 1961. 89 girls were selected for the team the first year, with 77 boys joining the following year. Keating Natatorium was built in 1969. Keating is a 50-meter indoor facility with seating for approximately 1000. It contains a full-service concession area, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a weight room, hospitality room, coach’s offices, and a meet room. The pool can be converted to two 25-yard competition pools through the use of a bulkhead. The Marlins and Keating Natatorium host approximately 20 swimming competitions a year. Our parents and volunteers have years of experience and are known for hosting quality competitions.
The Marlins have placed 18 swimmers on the U.S. Olympic Team since 1968. Team members have broken numerous National and World Records. In 1980 the team captured the United States National Championship. That year, six Marlins’ swimmers were named to the U.S. Olympic team, more than from any other team. Sadly, those six swimmers were unable to compete in the Moscow Olympics because of our nation’s boycott of the games. That Olympic tradition carries on to today where two Marlins represented the United States in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics.
The Marlins have also developed some of America’s greatest coaches. Six former Marlins coaches have been named to Olympic Coaching Staffs. Since 1971, the Marlins have won over 30 Summer & Winter State Championship. The team has been named Junior National Team Champions in 1983, 84, 97, 98, 99, and 2000. In 2005, the Men’s team placed first, the combined team second. Swimming World Magazine named the Cincinnati Marlins 1999’s Best Age-Group Team in America. In 2006 and 2007, the Marlins were designated as a Gold Medal Club by USA Swimming (our governing body). This distinction is given to only the top 16 teams in the nation based not only on swimming performance, but the organization’s structure, professionalism, and contribution to the sport of swimming.
Our Swimming Success By The Numbers
· 18 Olympic Swimmers
· 1980 National Team Champions
· 23 Olympic Medals
· 15 World Records
· 19 American Records
· 60 National Champions
· 6 American Swimmers of the Year