The Smoketree Mighty Marlin swim team capped off another excellent season in the summer of 2018. Coming off their undefeated season in 2017, the Mighty Marlin were bumped up from the D division to the B division of RMAL — facing tougher opponents than the year before. It was going to be a challenge for Smoketree to be competitive in this higher division, but the Mighty Marlin rose to the challenge — finishing the season 3-3, with wins over Brighton Green, Shenandoah and Bon Air.
Not only did the Mighty Marlin perform well this season, but they had a great time working as a team. Forty-two members who took our 2018 Member Survey ranked their experience with swim team 4.4 out of 5 stars! Several had glowing comments about the program and its coaches.
This was the second season for Head Coach Chrissie Callis — a native Richmonder who competed at the collegiate level and now lives in the greater Smoketree community. Parents and swimmers alike appreciate Coach Chrissie's engagement, dedication and professionalism.
"Coach Chrissie is amazing. Never let her go!!!!!!!" — Anonymous Survey Comment
"The coaches were awesome!! They were very knowledgeable and organized. You could tell they loved the kids and encouraged them to do their best. Very appreciative of them." — Anonymous Survey Comment
"Excellent coaches and swim team parent rep works super hard." — Anonymous Survey Comment
Swim Team can't happen without the dedication of parent volunteers who make sure the season goes well. Parent Representative Phaedra Clark put in countless hours before and during the season, and Volunteer Coordinator Mary Parker also worked hard securing the volunteers needed — as well as working multiple shifts herself — during the meets. Thank you to all our parent volunteers. The Mighty Marlin couldn't do it without you!