Marlins Newsletter - 5.1.19

Ryan Hammer
May 1, 2019

Table of Contents

  1. Marlin Honors - Ohio Swimming Banquet
  2. Volunteer Program / Need Officials (Repeat Item)
  3. Summer Practice Schedules - Begin Mon June 3rd
  4. Reds Outing - Sun June 16
  5. Practice Changes
  6. Paralympic Meet @ UC - May 11/12
  7. Upcoming Events / Deadlines
  8. Quote

Marlin Honors - Ohio Swimming Banquet

At Ohio Swimming's Annual Awards Banquet last Sunday, several Marlin swimmers & parents were honored for excellence!  Pictures can be viewed on the club's social media pages (FB, Twitter, Insta).

New Ohio LSC record:  Scott Sobolewski (15-16 Boys 50 Breast & 100 IM)

Scholastic All-Americans:  Nate Buse, Claudia Butterfield, Aaron Sequeira.

Jose Cerda Memorial Scholarship Recipient:  Elliot Carl

Individual High Point Winner (2018 LC Meet):  Natalie Gockerman.

Open Water Meet Outstanding Performance:  Natalie Gockerman

OSI Official Recruiter of the Year:  Joe Replogle

Excellence in Officiating Award:  Heather Dillon

National Top 10 Ranking (By Event):  Chase Dillon, Natalie Gockerman, Aaron Sequeira, Scott Sobolewski.  

Volunteer Program / Need Officials (Repeat Item)

Our volunteer coordinators sent the Volunteer Schedule for this season, you can also find it posted here (under Parents Menu).  Once a swimmer enters the water in April for practice, families are considered to be on the roster & we need your help to time races, etc.  Thank you in advance for helping to put on these events for the kids! 

-Also, a note from our Competition Chair Sarah Knapschaefer:

The Marlins are always looking for parents willing to certify as officials for our home meets.  This is a great way to help out the team while fulfilling your volunteer requirement.

On Saturday May 4, there will be an officials clinic starting at 9 am at the Mason Community Center’s Senior Center:  6050 Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH 45040. The clinic should be over by noon for those new to officiating.  Fees are covered by the Marlins so just tell them you are with us at check in.

There are many perks to joining our officiating team!  Deck access, hospitality room and learning more about the sport are all a plus.  Avoiding the 3 am panic when you realize you missed volunteer sign ups, bonus!

Already an official....we are in need of additional Deck Refs and Starters.  Please consider upgrading your status and know you helped make the meet run quicker.  

If you have any questions or are interested in attending the training, please let me know. (Email -

Summer Practice Schedules - Begin Mon June 3

All locations will switch to Summer Practice Schedules on Monday, June 3.  PDF Schedules are linked below, please note Summer Schedule for Keating is on Page 2.  For any families who still are in school the week of June 3rd, please contact Coach Tammi who will be offering a few evening practices at Keating. 

Click Here for Schedules (pdf version).  Google Calendars will be updated shortly.

Marlins at the Ball Park - Sun June 16

What:  Cincinnati Marlins Reds Outing!

Who:  Swimmers / parents / coaches / siblings / friends…  Please note the team is not chaperoning this event.

When:  Sunday, June 16, 1:10 pm game vs. Texas.

Cost:  $12 per ticket, Lower View Level seating.

How to sign up:  Online under  Or  click here to be taken to the page directly!  Sign up like a regular swim meet, and BE SURE to indicate how many tickets you want. 

How to pay:  Your Marlins account will be charged based on the number of tickets you request.

Deadline to sign up:  Thursday, May 16 @ 11:59p. I will be placing our order Friday (5/17) morning , so we are committed at that time.  Reds Group Sales indicates we MAY be able to add to the order after this date, but no guarantees.

Questions?  Contact Coach Ryan at

Practice Changes

Any & all practice changes will be communicated by this newsletter & your lead site coach.  Also a great resource are updated Google Calendars (by location) under the "Practice/Location Calendars" menu on the website, including an FAQ on how to use the electronic calendars.

Keating​ ​​​​​​​

  • Sat May 11 (Clipper Meet).
    • ​National & Blue 1, 7-10a (incl dryland)
    • Blue 2 & Red 1, 9-10:45a (swim only)
    • Red 2, 9-10:30a (swim only)
    • Red 3, 9-10:15a (swim only)
    • Red 4, 9-10a (swim only)
  • ​Mon Mon 27 (Memorial Day - Swim Only, All Groups) ​
    • National & Blue 1, 7-9a
    • Blue 2 & Red 1, 9-10:45a
    • Red 2, 9-10:30a
    • Red 3, 10:30-11:45a
    • Red 4, 10:30-11:30a


  • Mon May 27 (Memorial Day) - Moved to Keating.  See Keating section above for specific schedule.


  • Mon May 27 (Memorial Day) - Moved to Keating.  See Keating section above for specific schedule.

Paralympic Meet @ UC - May 11/12

Are you looking for volunteer service hours or a family service project?       This year's USA Olympic Paralympic sponsored Cincinnati swim meet, the Bill Keating Memorial Cincinnati Paraswim Open, is looking for volunteers for everything from Hospitality monitoring, Door greeters, timers,  Athete assistance on deck, meet management assistance,....    

This is an opportunity to support our sport and the inclusive opportunities it presents for athletes with disabiilties.    Last year, several USA and Panamerican records were broken.   Athletes attend from across the country and even a few from 

There are three sessions - Saturday & Sunday AM starting at 9am, and Saturday afternoon, starting at 5:00pm.

Please consider helping out by signing up at this link.    Please pay attention to the times stated for your arrival.    All volunteers receive an event Tshirt.  

The meet will be held at the University of Cincinnati Keating Natatorium.

(Please Note:  This event does not count toward the Marlin Volunteering Program)

Upcoming Events / Deadlines




Sign Up Deadline

Clippers Arctic Invite.  Erlanger, Ky. May 10-12 All National, Blue, Red. Passed
Marlins Pepsi Spring Invite.  Home Meet. May 17-19 All National, Blue, Red. Passed
Southeastern Summer Sizzler.  Fishers, In. May 31-June 2 All National, Blue, Red Fri, May 3
Marlins at the Ball Park. Sun, June 16th All Marlins Thurs, May 16
Marlins TYR Sport Summer Classic.  Home Meet. June 20-23 All National, Blue, Red Wed, May 15
National & Blue - Canoe Outing Mon, June 24 (Day after TYR Meet).  No PM workouts.  National & Blue Groups Sun, June 23
Red Groups - Kings Island Mon, June 24 (Day after TYR Meet).  No practice for all Red Groups. All Red Groups Sun, June 23
Open Water Invite.  Hueston Woods State Park Wed, June 26 Red 2 & Above with time standards Sat, June 1
Ohio Swimming's Regional Champs.  Home Meet. July 5-7 Ages 14 & Under, slower than Junior Olympic time standards Mon, June 24
Senior Meet.  Denison Univ, Granville Oh. July 11-14 Ages 14 & Over who swam during HS season Fri, June 21
Junior Olympics.  Miami Univ, Oxford Oh. Jul 20-23 Ages 14 & Under with time standards Mon, July 8
Speedo Sectionals . Cleveland State Univ, Cleveland Oh Jul 20-23 Older Swimmers with time standards Fri, June 21

Quote:  “Iron sharpens iron." - Proverbs 27:17.  Be a good teammate! 

**If you have any great swimming or generally motivational quotes, please forward to Coach Ryan!  Always looking for more...