Archive—2017 Marlin Season

The 2017 Marlins Swim Season, on

Thank you all!

Saturday, June 17th 2017, the Catalina Terrace swim community turned out to commemorate the end of pool renovation with a ribbon cutting ceremony & pool dedication like only CT can! We loved seeing all our alumni families and current community who made all this happen! Read more at our Flip-Flop Fiesta page!

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Post-Season Marlins Swim 2017

This summer & fall 2017 the Marlins and Catalina Terrace is offering a youth after-school post-season swim workout program, coached by our own Coach Thane Maudslien. Read more at our Post-Season Swim page, and grab a kick board!

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Welcome to CT Athletic Program

CT Athletic Program and the Marlins Swim Team carry on a 56-year Tucson tradition. Catalina Terrace was founded in 1961 as a pool, tennis, and recreation facility by the surrounding neighborhoods. We have had a competitive summer swim team continuously for 56 years. Our team has over 140 swimmers ages 4-18 that swim 5 days a week from April through July and compete in the SAAA swimming organization; we have been league champions 4 of our last 6 years. Most of our swimmers stay with the team through high school. The overall growth of our kids and the lifelong friendships they make at CT are as important to our program as developing their swimming ability. In 2009 we formed CT Athletic Program, a 501c3 with a Youth Athletics focus, to help raise funds to renovate our now 56-year old pool, tennis courts, and associated facility. Fundraising was fulfilled in the fall of 2016. Today we’re proud to say that construction is complete, the pool is finished and looks beautiful!

CT Community Outreach

CT Athletic Program provides swim team scholarships for needy kids in our community. We have evolved into a non-profit that supports underprivileged kids and opens our facility to organizations such as Tucson Association for Autism and Special Olympics. This summer we are providing use of our facility to kids from TMM Family Services, Casa de los Niños, Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, and Primavera Foundation – Greyhound Family Shelter. To support our swim team and facility maintenance, we sell memberships to the local community for use of the pool, tennis courts, and grounds, continuing the 56-year tradition of Catalina Terrace being a gathering place for kids and families in central Tucson.

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Thank you Tucson Conquistadors!

We’re thankful this New Year’s for the Tucson Conquistadors! Friday they presented our board & families with their 2015 & 2016 check for funding support of our pool renovation—at the five-foot marker of the pool floor! Standing around the check Tucson Conquistadors Bill Hussey and daughter Kelsey, Tim Healy, and Matt Kaiser intermingle with the CTAP families for a once-in-55-year photo. Thank you Tucson Conquistadors!

Tucson Conquistadors present their Funding Donation to CT Athletic Program board members & families.

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—CTAP Fundraising Update—

Your CT Athletic Program Board of Directors is forever humbled by the Catalina Terrace Community for their turnout November 26 at our groundbreaking & pool draining ceremony commemorating our 55-year-old pool and its imminent restoration & renovation! Construction started November 30, with a completion date for late winter/very early spring. Today’s pool draining/groundbreaking celebration was met with a little chilly air, but nothing could cool the spirits & warm enthusiasm for jumping in and raising a golden shovel. The skies were beautiful, the water mild, and the faces all cheery. Keep an eye on your email for info & updates as the construction begins, or this space here! The CT Community really stepped up to the block to make this happen, and your board is deeply, deeply humbled by your response.

Hooray!! Time for a new pool!

Additionally, the final push could not have happened with out major commitments from major, major donors, some anonymous, others alumni, others stalwart Tucson community supporters. We look to acknowledge all supporters and donors as this process evolves. Until then, thank you so much to our current and previous swimmers & alumni, and all friends of youth athletics and the Tucson sports scene! Thank you!

The 2017 Marlins Swim Season, on

Work Party Update & Start to Swim Practice

This weekend over sixty of our families & swimmers turned out to turn over the grounds & building during the Catalina Terrace Marlin’s Eighth Annual Work Party. From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day, and longer for many folks, our swim team community came together to clean & repair our historic mid-century facility. There was a huge amount of clean up and repair after our pool renovation, and frankly more needs to be done—but the bulk is out of the way! The hardiest wildflowers are in full-bloom, the pool looks ultra-cool, and now the grounds and building have had that extra attention & care to make the place functional for a full-summer swim season. Not only is a beautiful facility a point of pride for us Marlins at home swim meets, but it really shows what a community is ready to do for its nonprofit program. An spectacular success given two days of turnout & work accomplished. We owe a great debt of gratitude to all of you who’ve shown up. Miss the chance to work this weekend? Or: really have that yard work fever!? There’s always more to finish up as the weeks tick past! Bring some gloves, check-in with us & we’ll set something up!

Swim practice started the Monday immediately following our work party! Our 2017 Marlins Practice schedule has times for all swimmers’ age groups! See you ’round the pool!

Now Blooming at CT: Globe Mallow! And Weekend work party. Social feed info.

Now Blooming at CT: Globe Mallow! Plus: the CT Weekend work party.

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Groundhog Day Plunge

Bill the Marlin & Groundhog Gus have determined our 2017 annual Groundhog Day Plunge, typically the weekend closest to Groundhog Day, must be postponed this year. Our tradition of plunging into our arctic waters to seek our shadows on the pool floor, thus determining the success of our coming swim season, just does not have the same panache without the actual arctic water in the pool (see, for example, Bill the Marlin’s Instagram Feed). We hope you all understand.

2017 CTAP Catalina Terrace Pool Renovation with Bill the Marlin & Gus the Groundhog.

Find @BilltheMarlin on Twitter, Instagram, or at Facebook—See the links above-right!

Did you know the Catalina Terrace Marlins has an Instagram account!? Here it is! We’re also at Twitter and Facebook! Bill the Marlin’s real social fish, so look for the social media buttons on the upper-right of every page. If you’re not on our roster for this summer 2017, but still desire to get involved with SAAA Summer Swim at the Catalina Terrace Marlins, visit our contact page and send us a note about swimming summer 2018!

Swim? Tennis?

The pool is guarded Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, but year ’round the facility is open for swimming and tennis for Catalina Terrace Members. Off-season it is typically quiet and peaceful and the water’s a might bit chilly, but the facility is open for CTAP Member use during all daylight hours, and closed after dark. Want to maximize your member benefits? Light a barbecue, meet another family for dinner, schedule a family or office party for the holidays, make a mini-tennis tournament! (really gonna try swimming? The cost of a guard for parties is extra—see here)! Enjoy a game of tennis under our massive Tucson Spring Sunlight!

Capital Campaign Fundraising

We’ve completed our pool renovation funding drive! In case you’ve missed it, 2016 was the last winter photo of our 55-year-old pool bottom! Look to our Renovations page for some visuals (apologies for the terrible layout). We still have many capital improvement projects in the pipeline to bring this facility up to 21st Century standards, so if you’d still like make an additional donation, use the PayPal button at right, and/or visit our Capital Campaign page!

CT Athletic Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer managed youth athletics program. We’re always fundraising!

About the CT Athletic Program

The Catalina Terrace “Marlins” Swim Team is one of the few “neighborhood” swim teams remaining in central Tucson. The swim team is a part of the CT Athletic Program, located at 2440 East Hedrick, one block south of Ft. Lowell; just west of Tucson Blvd. The community pool and swim team were established in 1961. Our swim team has 145 swimmers, 3 paid coaches, and 100 swim team families. The team is open to any youth with swimming ability, age 4 through high-school seniors. We have swimmers from all over Tucson and surrounding areas. The Marlins Swim Team sports a paid coaching staff and the facility supports paid lifeguards through the summer. Otherwise, the entire organization is volunteer driven, with an all-volunteer board of directors overseeing operations. The 2017 swim season runs from mid-April until the city-wide championships in mid-July. We are in the San Pedro league of the Southern Arizona Aquatics Association, swimming against the Sabino Vista Hills, Highland Vista, and Pusch Ridge teams, among others. This year we will host five home swim meets during May, June, and July, each against a different team from around Tucson, and will attend 5 away meets with other Tucson teams. Attendance at home meets is typically more than 300 people with swimmers and parents from both teams. CT Athletic Program is a non-profit 501c3 corporation with tax-exempt status. Our mission is to promote youth athletics.

PhotoDay 2017 Team Group Shot Catalina Terrace Marlins CTAP SAAA Swim Team.