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History of the ORCAs

In 1962, a group of parents was approached by Harry Schrauth, the Pool Director of the Terra Linda Recreation Center regarding the need for a summer swim team for the children of the Terra Linda area. The efforts of these charter members resulted in the Terra Linda Swim Team getting established as one of the three original teams in the Marin Swim League. The other two teams at that time were Tiburon and Las Gallinas. The Orcas are now the oldest swim team in the league.

The Terra Linda area was annexed to the City of San Rafael in 1972. Since then the Terra Linda Swim Team has been sponsored by the San Rafael Recreation Department.

Thanks to the efforts of Jean Doyle, the Killer Whale or "Orca" was adopted as the team mascot and the team name was changed to the "Terra Linda Orca Swim Team".

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Throughout the years, various perpetual awards have emerged to honor dedicated swimmers and parents involved with the Orcas. The first of these was the Derryberry Trophy given annually to the most "inspirational swimmer". Mr. Derryberry was a charter member and the original announcer for the Swim Team.

The Al Weatherhead Trophy is given annually to the "most coachable swimmer" and honors one of our past coaches.

The Jeff Kane Memorial Trophy is given annually to the "swimmer of the year" and was dedicated by the Kane Family in memory of their son who was a swimmer on the Team.

The Flaherty Trophy is awarded to the "parent(s) of the year" and was established to honor the unselfish, dedicated contributions of Dick and Carol Flaherty and their children K.C., Richie and Lori who gave us 25 years of support and involvement. The Flahertys were charter members helping establish the Swim Team and excelled in many areas including announcing and coaching.

The Jim Moon Memorial Trophy

Jim Moon was a popular and well-respected parent volunteer on the swim team for many years. This trophy is awarded to a non-board member whom the board feels exemplifies and demonstrates the Jim Moon spirit of selfless volunteerism.