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There's no question that 2018 was a challenging year for the Roosevelt Island Marlins. Yet, throughout it all, and with a great deal of support from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, our parents, coaches and swimmers continued to work hard and thrive, producing fantastic results.

This season, swim team members qualified for the Junior Olympics, the Eastern Zone Championships, and the Speedo Sectionals. Club records were broken; and all s...

September 23, 2018

Mini Marlins Coach Andrea sends open letter to families urging them to support the team's new board of directors

June 13, 2018

To the Editor: 

In the last two months, a lot has been said about the Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team, on the playgrounds, in court, around the school, and in our local newspaper. 

Until then, most of the current Marlins families had no idea that there was an issue. The kids attended swim practices, enjoyed their lessons, had fun acquiring great skills, all while hearing stories about the success the swim team was having in competitions. Now, with th...

May 26, 2018

Last week, during a hearing at New York’s Supreme Court, the Roosevelt Island Marlins board of directors was forced to capitulate on its controversial termination of a family’s membership from the swim club as part of a settlement agreement. The agreement also affirmed a slate of 10 nominees for the upcoming board elections – a group that includes one of the plaintiffs. The board was granted its request stipulating that club parents may communicate wi...

May 25, 2018

To the Editor:

Thank you for your most recent article, “The Marlins Make Waves.” I write in support of this article.

My child swims on the Marlins Swim Team and has been criticized, demeaned, discouraged, and ignored. The current Board is incompetent and biased, propping up the ego of a head coach that would sink many ships. Their recent handling of a bullying incident is witness to their incompetence. Instead of creating an atmosphere where the victims...

May 25, 2018

To the Editor:

What happened to the amazing Roosevelt Island Marlins?

Before the Sportspark pool was closed last winter, things were different. There were friends, team get-togethers, camaraderie, and recognition for kids of all levels. The Marlins used to operate like a happy family. 

Today the club is focused on competition. Only a handful of the team members are recognized. There are big egos involved, and parents fear saying the wrong thing while si...

May 25, 2018

 To the Editor:

The “Marlins Make Waves” article in the last issue of The WIRE highlighted a bitter division among team parents. 

Only a year ago, our team was unified and proud of overcoming the temporary loss of the Sportspark pool during its renovations. Now entire families and individual kids are being threatened with removal from the team for “violating the code of conduct” and “spreading negativity.” One family was in fact kicked out by the board...

May 25, 2018

To the Editor:

The WIRE publishes false and misleading information via anonymous letters, such as the last issue which included incorrect information about me. The WIRE allows others to rebut letters, so why are the Marlins and I not given the opportunity to respond in the same issue? The letter looks very similar in content to a post by Susy del Campo, moderator of the RI Parents Network, – essentially a “bullying” network, that allows negative commen...

May 25, 2018

To the Editor:

The Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim program is a not-for-profit parent-run organization, serving the community and attracting swimmers from various age groups and with different athletic goals.

The Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim club has always been a community-oriented program and it is becoming more so every day. As everything in life evolves, so does the Marlins family. During the Sportspark closure from mid-August 2016 through May 2017,...

May 12, 2018

One of the few Island organizations that appeared to be stable now seems to be spiraling out of control.

May 12, 2018

In March, the Roosevelt Island Marlins, a swim club that’s been based on the Island since 2005, brought home an impressive 14 medals from the Junior Olympics, 7 from the Eastern Zone Short Course Championship, and 10 from the Eight and Under Metro Championship. 

Out of the water, though, some parents say the team’s winning ethos comes at a cost. They paint a picture of a deeply divided organization where bullying is common and even small disagreements...

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