Marlins host swim meet

The Yosemite Marlins Swim Club, the year-round swim team serving the Mountain Area, hosted its first swim meet, “Half Dome Haven,” for Central California club teams on Oct. 10 at the YHS Baker Swim Complex.

The event drew in nearly 300 swimmers from eight Central Valley teams.

In addition to the Marlins, teams participating in the meet included the Merced Skimmers, Tule Nation Tritons, Clovis Swim Club, Fresno Dolphins Swim Team, Fig Garden Swim Club, Madera Aquatic Team, and Visalia Swim Club.

“Our first swim meet was a huge success,” said Tammy Kudela, head coach of the Marlins. “We had a great team effort by our swim club’s parents and families as well as members and businesses from the mountain community to put on this fun and exciting swim meet.”

Kudela said club members performed excellently during the meet.

“Every swimmer achieved personal best times in multiple events,” Kudela said. “Our new swimmers made it to every one of their events without missing a beat, and we even had several swimmers move from a USA Swimming ‘BB’ time to an ‘A’ time.”

Dominic DeBernardi, 10, had an outstanding day, placing first in four events for his age group; the 100 yard breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 100 IM, and the 500 freestyle.

“I like racing against people ... but the best part is beating other people,” DeBernardi said.

Other highlights of the Yosemite Marlins swimmers include:

*  Josh Johnson, 12, had an eight second drop in his 200 backstroke, earning first place, and a nine second drop in the 100 IM for second place amongst 32 swimmers.

*  Parker Jones, 13, had four personal best times, including a third place finish in her 1650 freestyle and fifth in the 100 IM amongst 19 competitors.

*  Mackenzie Arnold, 12, had a 28 second drop in her 500 freestyle to earn third place.

*  Jonah Dacanay, 11, had four personal best times and a 10 second drop in his 100 breaststroke race.

*  Coury Jones, 12, had a first place finish in the 1650 Freestyle and second place in the 200 Back.

*  Cora Lowery (11) 29 second drop in her 500 Freestyle earning her sixth place overall and four personal bests.

“There was a full house at the swim complex complete with fast swimmers, cheering families, numerous team pop-up tents, music, vendors, concessions, and plenty of raffle prizes provided by area businesses,” Kudela said.

The raffle raised funds will enable the Marlins to update current equipment, purchase needed new equipment, provide clinics and team bonding activities, fund athletic scholarships, and providing professional development for the club’s coaching staff.

The nonprofit Yosemite Marlins Swim Club is owned by Yosemite Unified School District and sanctioned by USA Swimming, which is the governing body for competitive swimming associated with the U.S. Olympic team.

The team is a year-round competitive swim team offering high quality, professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities.

Details: Tammy Kudela, (559) 213-3304,

Yosemite Marlins Swim Club