Marlins Make a Splash and Break Team Records, Win Medals

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 swim team members posted multiple personal best times over the season maintaining a sense of team spirit that is truly a credit to both our coaches and our swimmers.


Coach Andrea commented that, "The amount of hard work, dedication and most importantly unity that all swimmers, parents and staff members have shown this season is remarkable. I am so incredibly proud of all swimmers who have overcome their boundaries and pushed through difficult practices all while having fun doing what they love with their friends."


Marlin Swim Team members proudly display medals and certificates from their recent successes


The Marlins Learn-to-Swim program, for our younger swimmers, has enjoyed a strong attendance throughout fall and winter. Large numbers of young swimmers have learned the benefits of water safety and have successfully built a foundation of swim strokes in a fun and safe environment. It’s been rewarding to have so many swimmers learning and improving their skills, and in many cases, being promoted to higher levels as they progress. Coach Cristina said, “It’s been enjoyable watching the Learn-to-Swim kids progress, and our Coaches love getting the kids engaged in swimming whilst having fun.”


In both programs, the coaches have endeavored to instill swimmers with not only physical swimming skills, but also valuable life skills such as teamwork, determination, commitment, and perseverance. And of course, the most important factor while learning and perfecting new skills – having fun!


We are excited about 2019. It is expected to be a very busy season for the club, with many families wanting their children to learn both how to swim as well as  water safety skills before the summer season! Registration for the spring season opened March 23 and classes are already filling up quickly. 


We will soon welcome a new and highly experienced head coach to the Club who will work closely with our existing swim coaches and instructors to continue delivering quality swim programs for all age groups. To acknowledge and support the Roosevelt Island community, we will be looking for ways that we can contribute and support the Roosevelt Island community including donating season swim classes to both PS/IS 217 to support fundraising for enrichment programs, as well as the Roosevelt Island Day Nursery for their fundraising efforts.


We want to thank RIOC for their continued support and guidance and look forward to further strengthening and developing our close working relationship with RIOC as a valued, long-term community partner.


Interested in signing your child up for swim lessons? 


Email questions to or drop into a tryout session where coaches will assess your child's water skills. Tryout sessions take approximately 5-10 minutes and will be held Tuesday April 2 and Thursday April 4 at 5:45 PM, as well as every Saturday at 10:30am. No appointment is necessary –children just need to be ready in swimwear with a towel and swim cap!


Beginner 2 level swimmers at the end of year meet, December 2018



Marlins Results: Congratulations to the following swimmers:

  • Junior Olympics: Age Group Championship up to 14 years old of Metro Swimming. Timur Seliger (9) 3 gold medals, 1 silver, 1 bronze, 2 personal best (PB) times, 3rd place high-score 9 & under age group. Natalie Reinhart (13); Gabriela Finchelstein (10) 6 PB , Sophia Seliger (14) 2 gold medals, 5 PB; Olive Glass PB, Kelsey Long; Natalie Reinhart; Sophia Seliger 4x50 girls relay. 

  • Senior Metropolitan Championships: Sophia Seliger PB, 200 breaststroke. Sophia qualified for Speedo Sectionals (a qualifying meet to national level competition).

  • Zones Qualifiers: Eastern Zone Championship;  Timur Seliger , Gabriela Finchelstein, Sophia Seliger.

  • New club records: Nina Durkovic (8&under) 50 free, 25 fly, Gabriela Finchelstein (10&under) 100 back; Natalie Reinhart (13-14) 100 fly, Sophia Seliger (13-14) 50/100/200/500 free, 100 back, 100/200 breast, 200/400 IM. Rachel Remor (8&under) 25 breast, Deborah Lazarev (11-12) 200 back.

  • Top 25 of Metropolitan Swimming for the 2018-19 SCY Season: Adrian Lengyel, Gabriela Finchelstein, Timur Seliger, Sophia Seliger, Rachel Remor, Alex Mialkovskyi, Jamin Rose

  • Silvers Championship: Sophia Lengyel (11) 2 PB, Adrian Lengyel (11) 3 PB ( Less Than 1 second away to qualify for JO's!), Ian Remor (11) 4 PB, Rachel Remor (9) 1 PB, Amelia Ward (10), Gabriela Finchelstein (1) 1st place, (2) 2nd place, 3 PB, Stephan Vesselov (14) 1 PB, Sophia Seliger (14) 1 PB, Alex Mialkovskyi (7) 1 PB, 5th place, Kelsey Long 1 PB, Kyan Hands 1 PB, Tristan Ge 1 PB.

  • 8 & under Championships: Nina Durkovic (8), Alex Mialkovksyi (7) 5 gold medals, Noah Chen (8), William Baba (7) 1 gold, 1 silver, Yianni Papadopoulos (8), Mason Rose (7), Jamin Rose (8), Aimee Chamla (7).

  • Schools National Swimming Championships: Kelsey Long, 2 medals.

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