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Marlins Update 5/28

Marlins! Hope you are all ready to enjoy a fantastic long weekend. The next few days in Bexley will see the pool open, HS graduation, and great weather.

Key Dates (Next week)
TUESDAY: Reminder that we will have evening practices during the last week of school. May 31-June 2. Unless you have made other arrangements with the coach, the schedule is as follows: Junior Varsity (U10 and younger) will practice 6:30-7:30 pm, and Varsity (U12 and older) will practice 7:30-8:30 pm.

Even though the practices are in the evening — swimmers should still practice on their regular days (unless you have made other arrangements with the coach).

U6 group will practice on Tuesday/Thursday 
U8 group will practice on Monday/Wednesday/Friday 
U10 group will practice Monday-Friday 
U12-U18 groups will practice Monday-Friday 

Swimmers should still be on deck at least 10 minutes before the start of practice and be ready to enter the water at the start time.

Key Dates (Following week)
MONDAY: Practice moves to a regular morning timing. Varsity 7-8a and Junior Varsity 8-9a. Unless you have made other arrangements with the coach, the schedule is as follows:

  • U6 group will practice on Tuesday/Thursday 800-900am
  • U8 group will practice on Monday/Wednesday/Friday 800-900am
  • U10 group will practice Monday-Friday 800-900am
  • U12-U18 groups will practice Monday-Friday 700-800am

Swimmers should still be on deck at least 10 minutes before the start of practice and be ready to enter the water at the start time.

WEDNESDAY: First meet. Away at Moundbuilders. More information to come on signing up your swimmer to swim.

Key Roles Needed
CONCESSIONS: Currently, we have no parent to run concessions at our home meets and need someone to raise their hand to facilitate this. Please get in touch with if interested. Ideally, we’d love to get two parents who can organize this activity.

OFFICIALS: If you are interested in being trained as an official, please contact A recording of the recent training can be viewed on your time to participate. This training must be completed by June 1. 

Meet Volunteers

Each home and away meet requires many parent volunteers to operate. We expect each family to volunteer throughout the season to ensure a smooth running experience for the swimmers. Even if your children are little, or if you are new to swimming — there is always somehow to show you the ropes.

Look for volunteer signups each week. Families can find descriptions of the help needed here

Schedule Update

There is now a date for Champs. It will be July 20th outdoors at Dresden, with a rain date of July 21st. The entire meet will be in one day, with different sessions for different age groups.

Missing Practice
If your swimmer is going to miss a single practice, there is no need to notify the team or coach for these “onesie-twosie” things- If your swimmer is going to miss (give or take) a week of practice — for example, if you are going on vacation — please let the coach know (

As Always. Families can find most Information…
…In the parent handbook (
…On The Marlins site (


2021 Marlins Season Update

Bexley Marlins Swim Family —

First, we have every intention of having a 2021 swim season.

Second, we don’t have specifics to share at this point but do want to share this… We are actively working with the Bexley Recreation & Parks Department and TCAL (our league). And we are awaiting guidance from the State of Ohio (which has not been updated since July 2020) and the Franklin County Health Department to determine what it will look like.

While we do know it will look different, our plan is to make it fun!

Please look for additional communications regarding the Bexley Marlins 2021 season in April.

We missed seeing the team in the pool last summer — so we’re looking forward to it this year!

See you soon!
Coach Taylor and the Bexley Marlins Parent Board

2020 Marlins Parent Meetings (2 Choices)

With social distancing in effect, the 2020 Bexley Marlins parent meeting will be virtual, and two different dates for the meeting will be offered. Please join using the below Zoom meeting information for meeting A (April 5 at 6 pm) or B (April 19 at 6 pm). We also request that you share this information with anyone you know who might be interested in Marlins.

Topic: Bexley Marlins Parent Meeting - Option A
Time: Apr 5, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 166 061 828

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Topic: Bexley Marlins Parent Meeting - Option B
Time: Apr 19, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 272 908 547

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Reminder: Pool Party & End Of Season Awards

Tonight (Saturday 7/20) at the Bexley Pool 7:30-9:30.

We start promptly at 7:30 pm with awards, so please be on time!

This will be followed by snacks/desserts, and time for swimming and socializing with friends.

We will have lemonade and water, so please bring your own cup!

Hope to see you there!

Champs Day 2 Record!

In addition to a slew of first-place finishes and a bunch of oh-so-close to the record performances, the Marlins nation can count another meet and Marlins record from Day 2 of champs.

Boys 9-10 100 IM
Ayden Fortney
Broke Meet Record 1:21.12 (was 1:21.32)
Broke (His Own) Marlins Record 1:21.12 (was 1:22.13)

Go Marlins! See everyone for the end of year fiesta!

Records Broken Day 1 At Champs

Marlins Fans! Coach Taylor was not kidding about the time drops and fast swims. The following meet and team records were broken on the first day of Champs!

Girls 11-12 Medley Relay
A. Hoy, M. Shonia, M. Evans, S. Litfin
Broke Meet Record 2:08.75 (was 2:12.79)

Girls 11-12 50 Free
Millie Evans
Broke Meet Record 26.85 (was 27.71)
Broke Marlins Record 26.85 (was 27.96)

Girls 11-12 50 Back
Anja Hoy
Broke Meet Record 30.09 (was 31.97)
Broke Marlins Record 30.09 (was 30.92)

Girls 11-12 50 Fly
Millie Evans
Broke (Her Own) Meet Record 28.45 (was 28.51)
Broke (Her Own) Marlins Record 28.45 (was 29.52)

Girls 15-18 100 IM
Ava Fortney
Broke Marlins Record 1:04.76 (was 1:05.12)

Go Marlins, let’s get ready for Day 2!

Final Message Before Champs!


We are so excited for Champs! The kids have all worked really hard this summer and we are so proud of them. We are excited to see them swim at this final meet and watch them zoom! We will have three coaches on deck Thursday and all coaches will be on deck on Friday. Parents are not allowed on deck, but there will be plenty of adults to help get the kids where they need to be.


Doors open at 7:30 on both days. We have a tight timeline (see below) so please be on time!

Swimmers need to arrive on time to the team area on deck. We have a very limited time for warm-ups and we are in the first wave of warm-ups for all sessions, so there is very little buffer. Swimmers need to be marked, suited up, and on deck at the following times:

  • Thursday: 7:45 am
  • Friday Boys: 7:45 am
  • Friday Girls: 10:45 am

Swimmers in both Friday sessions will be required to use the bullpen. When swimmers arrive on Friday, they need to already be marked up with a sharpie with the following:

  • First and last name on the right shoulder
  • Team name (Bexley Marlins) on the left shoulder
  • Event/heat/lane on the arm

Thank you to parents who are volunteering at the meet this week. There will be a meeting on deck for timers and officials prior to each session start. Coach Taylor will have the watches for timers, so please see her before you go to the Timers meeting.

Thursday Session:

  • Officials meeting: 8:20
  • Timers meeting: 8:40

Friday-Boys Session:

  • Officials meeting: 7:50
  • Timers meeting: 8:10

Friday-Girls Session:

  • Officials meeting: 10:50
  • Timers meeting: 11:10

We will pick up awards after the Friday afternoon session and have them for pick up at the banquet on Saturday.Thanks!

Coach Taylor

Final Practice This Week!

The last practice for the season is tomorrow morning (Wednesday) because on Thursday and Friday all the coaches will be at Champs.

Swimmers aged 6, who are swimming at Champs are welcome to attend the final practice tomorrow (Wednesday).

Also, we have secured a volunteer to snap a team photo tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at 8:00 am!

JV swimmers should arrive a bit early so they can be ready for the photo at 8 sharp.

Also, don’t forget to complete the survey below to let us know if your swimmer and family members will be attending the end-of-season pool party/awards on Saturday, July 20th from 7:30-9:30 pm at the Bexley Pool.

There will be swimming, awards, games, and fun! Watch for a sign-up genius later this week asking families to bring desserts/treats (we will not be serving dinner at the party).


Swimmers were entered in two individual events each.  We put together an A and B relay for each event and relay assignments were based on times.  We did not age up swimmers for any events.  

>> PARENT INFO << (Note new start time: 8:30 am on Friday!)

Doors open for parents and swimmers at 7:30 each day.  Swimmers should come down to the pool and find our team area upon arrival.

Meet Start Times

  • Thursday (Swimmers 11 & up): 8:30 am start
  • Friday Session 1 (Boys 10 & under): 8:30am start
    • NOTE:  This time has been changed by TCAL
  • Friday Session 2 (Girls 10 & under): 11:45am start


With so many teams participating in Champs, our warmup schedule is tight.  If swimmers miss our warmup session, there will not be another opportunity.  The other pool will not be open for warm ups/warm downs during the meet.

  • Thursday:  Bexley warmups are 8:00-8:15
    • Swimmers need to be ON DECK and suited up by 7:45
  • Friday–Boys Session:  Bexley warmups are 8:00-8:20
    • Swimmers need to be ON DECK and suited up by 7:45
  • Friday–Girls Session: Bexley warmups are 10:45-11:00
    • Swimmers need to be ON DECK and suited up by 10:30

Champs-Additional Rules

  • Swimmers must wear Bexley swim caps or a solid color cap
    • Girls need to wear a cap for champs
    • We encourage all boys 13-18 to wear a cap
  • Food is not allowed on deck
  • Parents are not allowed on deck

Denison is a great facility and we believe that the meet will go quickly and smoothly.  Heat sheets and concessions will be sold that day—bring cash.  However, food is not allowed on deck and outside food is not permitted per Denison rules.

We will start tapering this week to help swimmers get ready for champs.  Please make sure everyone drinks lots of water all week, eats healthful and nutritious foods, and gets good sleep all week.  

We are looking forward to seeing some great swims this week!

Coaching Team (Taylor, Pat, Libby, Elyse, Alexis, Atticus, Gavin)

Sponsor Spotlight: Relax and Recharge

Today we’d like to thank Relax & Recharge for sponsoring your 2019 Marlins! They offer comprehensive massage and bodywork experiences at Bexley Yoga on Drexel (or in your home/office).

Contact them at 614.489.9855 or book an appointment through their website

Check out all our 2019 Sponsors and learn how to sponsor the team.