Swim Competitively with MRSC
Introduce your child to the sport of swimming by enrolling them in MRSC’s competitive Swim Program. Our athletes are grouped by age and level and they compete in a program that promotes education of the sport and friendly competition.
Shoreline Aquatic Club
Team Practice Groups
MADMarlins Junior Swim Team
The MRSC Junior Swim Team, the MADMarlins, is a great way for children to learn and love the sport of swimming. Our experienced coaching staff works with swimmers of all age groups to make sure each child has a fun and successful season. During practice swimmers learn the four competitive strokes, starts, turns and the rules of competition. The MADMarlins are the defending Champions of the CT Private Swim Club League.
The MadMarlins Swim Team is a competitive program competing in the Yankee Swim League. The season will start September 24, 2018. The Championships will conclude in the first week in March. Dual meets will be held on Saturdays beginning in November. Swimmers will be required to participate in 2 dual meets and Yankee League Trials. A Junior Membership is required to participate on MADMarlins.
Shoreline Aquatics Club
Shoreline Aquatic Club (SLAC) is MRSC’s USA Swim Team Program that is for the swimmer interested in a higher commitment and the next level of competitive swimming. Our mission is to inspire, empower, and motivate our athletes to perform at their highest level. SLAC will compete in USA Swimming sanctioned meets. SLAC members will also be members of the MADMarlins swim team and will compete in two MADMarlins dual Meets and Yankee League Trials.
Short Course Season
SLAC’s fall/winter season, where athletes swim in yards. Swimmers compete in a 25 yard competition pool.
Long Course Season
SLAC’s spring/summer season where athletes swim in meters. Swimmers compete in the 50 meter olympic size pool, which is over double the size of our training pool.
SLAC Practice Groups
Shoreline Aquatic Club (SLAC) offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of SLAC to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging and developing each individual to the best of their abilities.
Advanced/College Practice Group
Minimum age for entry into this group is 12. Athletes entering the Advance group must display a strong desire to perform at the highest level they are capable of. Training is geared towards individual talents, although a strong aerobic endurance factor is present. Athletes in the Advance group are directed towards making their CSI Championship Time Standards.
Pre-Senior Practice Group
Minimum age for entry into this group is 10. Athletes entering the Pre-Senior group must display a strong desire to train and perform at the highest level they are capable of. Training is geared towards individual talents, although a introduction of aerobic endurance factor is present. Athletes in the Pre-Senior group are directed towards making their CSI Championship Time Standards.
Intermediate Practice Group
From the Novice group, athletes move into this group. Athletes are usually at least 8 years old and have completed the Novice Group move-up skills list. This group is exposed to training for the first time while trying to prepare for the 200 & 500 Freestyle and 200 Individual Medley races. Competing at swim meets is highly encouraged at a rate of about once per month.
Novice Practice Group
Specifically for athletes 10 years and under new to USA swimming.
Meet the Coaches
Head Swim Coach & Director of Aquatics
Christina Forristall has been coaching for close to 10 years at the Madison Racquet and Swim Club as Head Coach of the MadMarlins Swim Team. Starting the MadMarlins initially as a summer league team, she quickly developed the team into a year round competitive program in 2008 joining the CT Yankee League. The program, which began with a handful of swimmers, has now grown to over 85 participants. In the 2015 and 2016 Short Course season the MadMarlins won their Yankee League Division and also won the 2016 Connecticut Private Summer League Championship.
With the success of the MadMarlins program, Christina began coaching USA Swimming in correlation with the Nutmeg Swim Team and interested MadMarlin swimmers. In the span of just four years, this satellite program grew tremendous interest in the USA Swimming circuit. Therefore, in 2016, Christina, along with Associate Head Coach Jen Lyman, started the Shoreline Aquatic Club (SLAC). Both coaches are dedicated and driven to continue to offer a higher level of competition while providing a higher level of training.
In addition to the MadMarlins and SLAC, Christina is the Head Coach for the Daniel Hand High School Boy Varsity Swimming and Diving Team (2014-present), previously serving as the Assistant Coach (2009-2013). Christina also coaches the Daniel Hand High School Varsity Girls as the Assistant Coach (2012-present).
As the Aquatic Director for Madison Racquet and Swim Club since 2004, Christina is responsible for providing the overall vision and leadership for the Club’s aquatic programs, coaches and athletes.
Christina holds a degree in Elementary Educations from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania where she competed collegiately all four years and was captain her senior year. She earned the honors of All-Conference Athlete all four years, qualifying for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship in the 100 Breaststroke her senior year.
Head Swim Coach
Jen Lyman is the Head Coach of the Shoreline Aquatic Club. Coaching for 20 years involving USS, high school and collegiate levels, Lyman carries a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion for the sport. In 2016, Lyman, and Associate Coach Christina Forristall started the Shoreline Aquatic Club (SLAC) to provide the opportunity to offer a higher level of competition along with a higher level of training.
Jen started her coaching career were she began competitive swimming in East Haven as Head Coach of the East Haven Big Blues (1998-2000). She also served as Head Coach of the East Haven/North Branford Co-Op boy’s high school swim team and assistant coach of the East Haven/North Branford Co-Op girl’s high school swim team (1998-2000).
Jen later moved on to Southern Connecticut State University where she wore numerous hats. For the collegiate men and women’s swim team she was one of the assistant coaches, as well as, the administrative assistant (2000-2002). She was the Age Group coach and administrative assistant for SOCO Swim Club later turned SONOCO Swim Club (2000-2002), which was located at SCSU.
Jen Lyman went on to coach 7 years at the Hopkins Mariners Swim Team (2002-2009). She was the Co-Senior Coach for the senior team and accompanied the HMST National Team. The HMST Women’s Team placed third at the 2007 Short Course Senior Championships. Margaux Farrell made history for the Hopkins Mariners Swim Team by achieving an Olympic Trial cut in the 100M Free at the 2007 Spring Nationals. Marguax Farrell went on to partipatein the 2012 London Olympics . She particpated in the 4×200 Freestyle relay and helped her team achieve a Olympic Bronze medal.
During that period Jen became involved with Daniel Hand High School girl’s swimming and diving team as the Assistant Coach (2002-2008), and later named Head Coach in 2008. She is going into her 10th season as Head Coach . Jen was an advocate and played a crucial role in starting the Daniel Hand Boys swimming and diving Team. She served as Head Coach of the Daniel Hand Boys from (2008-2013).
In 2009 Jen took an opportunity at Hamden Hall Aquatic Club to help start and coach a new program. There she was Senior Coach and Administrator (2009-2013). Over this period of time the team grew in numbers and success very quickly.
Jen took an opportunity in East Lyme CT to help revive the Nutmeg Swim Team and East Lyme Aquatic and Fitness Center (2013-2016). As Head Coach, she took Nutmeg from a team that was ranked 28th in the state to 17th ranked team out of 60. Helping grow the parent and community support, she was able to win bids to host USA meets out of the facility and off site. The team grew quickly and expanded to a satellite location in Madison, CT. In this very short amount of time, Nutmeg’s swimmers elevated as high as the Junior National level training.
Assistant Swim Coach
Molly has been coaching USA Swimming programs for 7 years and has coached with SLAC for the past 2 years. Prior to her coaching experience, She has been long involved in the sport having been a USA swimmer herself as well as a high school and collegiate swimmer. Molly enjoys working with novice and age group swimmers teaching them the technical aspects of swimming while at the same time helping them discover a passion and love for the sport.
Assistant Swim Coach
Tim Landon Assistant Advance/Senior Coach and has been coaching professionally since 2015. A lifelong swimmer, Tim was a member of both the Valley Shore YMCA Marlins (2001-2008) and Central Connecticut Aquatic Club (2008-2010) where he was a two-time Sectionals Qualifier. He attended Franklin and Marshall College (2010-2014) where he was a Four-Year Athlete, and Captain his Senior Year. He is a Five-time Centennial Conference Medalist, setting a Pool Record his Freshman year in the 400 IM. He graduated in 2014 with a degree in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History and Minor in Anthropology. In 2015 he decided to return to swimming and accepted a position coaching at the Valley Shore YMCA. He became the Head Senior Coach, where he helped Valley Shore achieve a number of new team records, Age Group Qualifiers, and Senior Cuts, as well as multiple Zone Qualifiers. He is excited to start his new position at SLAC and is looking forward to contributing to such a competitive program.
Assistant Swim Coach
Bee Gordon has been coaching swimming at the Madison Racquet Club since 2016. She is originally from Arizona and grew up competing in swimming starting at the age 6 and continuing through high school, competing at the state level in butterfly and freestyle. Foregoing athletics for academics in college, she graduated from Stanford University with a BA of Psychology in 2002. Bee also has an extensive fitness background spanning 15 years and carries certifications in classical pilates, Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, TRX, Mad Dogg Spinning and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.
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