Friday, December 26, 2014

Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team Celebrate 2014 With Team Banquet - Review Past Success, Congratulate Outstanding Swimmers And Look Forward To Next Year

The Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team report:

Roosevelt Island Marlins Celebrate at 2014 Team Banquet

Roosevelt Island Marlins Celebrate at 2014 Team Banquet

Roosevelt Island Marlins, a local non-profit swim team, serving hundreds of island children since 2006, celebrated another great year of swimming with food, friends, and festivities this past Friday, December 19. 2014 finished with fantastic records for the young athletes - and members of the Marlins swim team are ranked as some of the best in the Metropolitan Area.

“We are having a great, phenomenal swimming season!” - Head coach Michael Gavrilchin reports. - “The team had great performances in local metropolitan league meets. We captured multiple first, second and third places. I’d like to thank team’s coaching staff for hard work and dedication. We strive to help kids set the goals, achieve them, and along this journey, teach them valuable life skills such as discipline, self-confidence and leadership, which they will apply not only in the swimming, but in their own lives. Special appreciation to Marlins’ parents for being supportive, very active and keeping this team united. I wish to Marlins Swim Team all the best in 2015 year, we look forward to keeping every swimmer motivated and lead the Marlins to greater accomplishments.”

“We have had 12 junior olympics qualifiers, 18 silvers championship qualifiers, and tremendous amount of personal best times.” - Junior Group coach Igor Zagoruiko adds. “The swimming season is not over, and we are looking forward to more medals, age group records and another great year of swimming in 2015.”

Both coaches credit large part of this success to Marlins dedicated Board of Directors - Slavica Gak, Sanya Hamsic, Ana Gasic, and Gene Teytelman, as well as to parents who support their children’s passion for swimming.

Team’s “Learn to Swim” program, available to children as young as 3 years old, is a great feeder for the Team. “I am looking at you now, and remember you as 6-7 year olds, just learning to swim.” - one of the Board Directors Gene Teytelman reminisced addressing 15 & Older division swimmers towering over him. ”With some of our best Senior swimmers graduating High School and leaving our squad last summer, and several more of you heading for college at the end of this school year, it will be a great transitional year in the Marlins’ history as we move forward in attaining our position at the top of Metropolitan Local Swimming Committee.”

Congratulations to Marlins’ Outstanding Swimmers of the Year - winners of 2014 Team challenge:

10 & Under Division Girls
1st place - Sophia Shchuchinov
2nd place - Elena Jordan
3rd place - Kelsey Long

10 & Under Division Boys
1st place - William Sakmar
2nd place - Strahinja Maslo
3rd place - Stephan Vesselov

11-12 Years Old Division Girls
1st place - Katarina Grozdanic
2nd place - Juliette Sakmar
3rd place - Charlotte Sakmar

11-12 Years Old Division Boys
1st place - Nicholas Gusita
2nd place - Patrick Ren
3rd place - Jasper Bruskotter

13-14 Years Old Division Girls
1st place - Lara Jordan
2nd place - Helena Horvat
3rd place - Kristina Jankovic

13-14 Years Old Division Boys
1st place - Matija Prokic
2nd place - Victor Gazdoiu
3rd place - Matteo Coullare

15 & Older Division Girls
1st place - Andrea Gasic
2nd place - Charline Mazanek
3rd place - Doris Gasic

15 & Older Division Boys
1st place - Nader Yamout
2nd place - Edoardo Snaidero
3rd place - Omar Hamsic
More information available on the Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team at their web site.