Monday, March 27, 2017

Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team Impressive Performances - Winning Medals, Personal Best Times & Competing During Almost 8 Month Exile Waiting Completion Of Much Delayed Sportspark Renovation

Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team

Head Coach Roman Sloudnov reports:
We’re In It To Win It

Despite now almost 8-month long Sportspark pool renovations, our island is still home to some of the fastest swimmers in the entire Metropolitan area. This past month our team took part in the major Championships of the short course season: “2017 8&Under Championship” in West Nyack, NY and “2017 Junior Olympics Championship” in East Meadows, NY, and “Zone Qualifiers Championship” in Bronx, NY.

Overall, the Roosevelt Island Swim Team placed 19th out of 115 in Metro (NYC, Westchester and Long Island) - an amazing feat! I would like to thank Coach Andrea, Coach Tyrone, Marlins’ dedicated Board of Directors, and all the team parents for this outstanding season, and share some details from the final meets of the short course season with the entire RI community.

On March 4-5 our youngest teammates represented the club at the Metro 8 & Under Championship. It was a very successful performance with eleven personal best times and one club record. Congratulations to Gabriela Finchelstein (8), Tadija Maslo (7), Rachel Remor (7), and Timur Shchuchinov (7)! The highlight of the championship for our young athletes was its opening ceremony, which included a costumed parade:

The following weekend, eleven Marlins represented Roosevelt Island at the 2017 Metro Junior Olympics. They demonstrated an incredible performance winning in total nine medals, breaking 16 club records and changing 18 personal best times. Great swims by Skander Daghfous (12), Emir Emre (12), Adrian Lengyel (9), Strahinja Maslo (10), Denys Mialkovskyi (9), Matija Prokic (16), Ian Remor (9), Sophia (12) and Timur (7) Shchuchinov, Maksim Tesovic (11), and Stephan Vesselov (12). Congratulations!

We are also extremely proud to finish this season with three more Metro medalists! 7-year-old Timur Shchuchinov became 4-time Metro Champion winning 100 free, 100IM, 25 breast, and 50 breast at the Metro 8&Under Championship, while 10-year old Strahinja Maslo collected 2 Metro Champion titles (in 200 free and 500 free), and placed second in overall scoring among 10&Under Boys at the Junior Olympics. An outstanding accomplishment by the young athletes!

Timur and Strahinja raced together in 4 relays at the Junior Olympics Championship along with their teammates Denys Mialkovskyi (9), Ian Remor (9), and Adrian Lengyel (9), placing as high as 10th in the Metro area.

12-year-old Sophia Shchuchinov was the only swimmer from our team who had qualified to attend two sessions each day of the Junior Olympics Championship representing Roosevelt Island in the evening finals against best swimmers from NYC, Westchester, and Long Island. Despite this challenging schedule, she managed to break club records and win two medals.

Four Roosevelt Islanders participated in the highly competitive Zone Qualifier Championship in Lehman College, Bronx, NY. We congratulate Strahinja Maslo on placing 3rd in 100 free and 500 free, and Denys Mialkovskyi and Matija Prokic, who set personal records at the meet. Sophia Shchuchinov delivered a solid performance in 200 breaststroke finishing 6th in the final.

While these final championships results concluded the short course season, and we as a team have already began training for the upcoming long course competitions, Strahinja Maslo continues to compete for Metro Zone Team. In April he will travel to Webster, NY and race the fastest swimmers in the Eastern Zone in 100 free, 500 free, and relays. We wish Strahinja all the best at the upcoming meet.

Once again, I would like to congratulate our swimmers and their parents on another great season, and thank Coach Andrea, Coach Tyrone for their major contribution to this success!

Coach Roman
More information on the Roosevelt Island Marlins swim team

available at their web site.

During Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) March 23 Board of Directors meeting, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal reported that she hoped to have an announcement today or tomorrow regarding the much delayed opening of the Sportspark facility.