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Sierra Marlins swim team give back to those in need

By: Staff report
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The Sierra Marlins were busy reaching out to the community during the holiday season. In November the Marlins swimmers and families gave generously to the Salvation Army food bank donating over four barrels of non-perishable food. The team opted for a toy drive in lieu of gift exchanges among training groups and the youngest Marlins, the Mini Marlins training group for kindergarten through third grade, reached out to the Creekside Oaks retirement community by making cards and caroling on Dec. 20.

The Sierra Marlins are a year-round competitive swim team with over 220 swimmers in eight training groups. Swimmers range in age from 5-18. The team trains at the Folsom Aquatic Center all year and at Vista High School in the summer months. The children compete in local and national meets. The team recently sent 11 current and former swimmers to the US Olympic Trials in June. The Marlins are a USA Swimming team led by Head Coach, Adam Schmitt.

“I am proud to be a part of the Marlin team and how we rally around great causes such as the toy drive. The Marlins have always invested, assisted and represented the Folsom community proudly. I am personally excited to be living in Folsom and to be a part of this great city,” Schmitt said.

Katie Pearce, with the Folsom Police Department’s Christmas Basket program, estimated the Marlins donated approximately 150 toys.