“Roosevelt Island Swimming, Inc.” is a parent-owned, not-for-profit community-based organization
established in 2006 as a multi-level swim program for children and adults. Out mission is to help
children achieve their full potential as swimmers. We strive to teach children to be
successful swimmers through the mastery of aquatics as their self-confidence, concentration, and
discipline improve. The club is designed to give residents a local opportunity to participate in
swimming for fitness and as a competitive sport. We have an inclusive club, and we offer
scholarships to those who cannot pay full fees, seeking to meet the needs of a diverse group of
children and adults who would not otherwise be able to participate regularly in the sport of
swimming because of travel expense and time restrictions.
Our team — the Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team — has the highest level of program requirements. It is the first step into the exciting world of competitive swimming. The R.I. Marlins Swim Team is a member group of Metropolitan Swimming, our Local Swimming Committee (LSC). Metropolitan Swimming is part of USA Swimming, the national governing body for competitive swimming in the United States.
Our successful swim program was founded by Roosevelt Island parents who wanted to have swimming instruction for their children on Roosevelt Island rather than having to travel to Manhattan. The idea was received with great enthusiasm and the first year-round learn-to-swim program on Roosevelt Island opened at the Westview Pool in January 2005 with about 30 swimmers. Shortly thereafter, the first official (unpaid) volunteer parent board was elected to handle administrative matters, and in September 2005, our program received 501(c)(3) non-profit status as “Roosevelt Island Marlins Swimming, Inc.” In September 2005, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) granted us permission to rent the SportsPark pool to accommodate the more advanced swimmers and the “Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team” was founded, in addition to the ongoing learn-to-swim program at the Westview Pool. The team’s over 100 members successfully compete in swim meets all over the metropolitan area. Our program has since been awarded a Public Purpose Grant by the RIOC Board of Directors and has grown to include baby and toddler as well as adult swimming classes.
Check out our 2007-2008 YearBook to get to know us better.
Michael Gavrilchin - Head Coach
Michael Gavrilchin is a dedicated coach and has been with the Marlins since 2009. During this period the Marlins have achieved excellent results and became powerhouse of swimming. Many Marlins swimmers tremendously improved their times and achieved Mets, Speedo Sectionals and Junior Nationals Standards. Coach Michael dedicates all his passion and experience in training swimmers to reach their maximum potential. He gives 100% working on techniques, strength and also he focuses on the importance of healthy nutrition and effective tapering. These aspects are crucial for developing outstanding swimmers. Finally, Coach Michael brings his personal experience as a National Champion of Moldova Republic, 2004 Olympic Trials Qualifier(Moldova), FINA World Cup participant in 2005, 2006. Champion of Balkan Games in 2005. 8th Place 100 yard butterfly at 2011 Swimming NCAA championship. All America in 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 100 Butterfly. Currently he studies at Queens College, Department of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science.
Leonid is from Moldova. He swam competitively for fifteen years, six of them at national level being one of the nation best freestylers. As a member of National Team, Leonid represented his country on national and international arenas, he remembers that as the most exciting times of his life. An athlete for life, he brings an uneven passion for the sport to the pool deck every day. At State University where he studied law, he describes himself not only as a good athlete but also as a great student. He has a lot of fun teaching youngsters how to swim and be safe in the water. In 2007 Leonid volunteered as an Assistant Coach for Roosevelt Island Swim Team where he learned new philosophies and methods of swimming under the guidance of Head Coach Igor Shoukhardin. Leonid is a certified American Swimming Coach Association Level 2, Head Age Group Coach and Metropolitan Zone Coach.
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About team selection
Our club provides a variety of programs to accommodate all ages groups from toddlers to adults.
We will schedule a try-out to determine your skills level then provide you the best practice regimen.
Once a young swimmer is assigned to a group, he is ready to come to practice. Make sure to bring a swim suit and goggles.
Upon joining the club, we expect swimmers to attend practices on
basis, and to respect their teammates and the rules of conduct.
A swimmer has responsibilities to the team, the coach, his or her parents, and most importantly to himself or herself.
Please click on the link below to read our Handbook.