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           Swim Team Turns Holiday Workouts Into Cash For Samaritan House

The San Mateo Master Marlins swim team is group of adults, ages19 to 91, that turned their
desire to "keep on swimming" into a large cash donation for Samaritan House, a well-known
local charity.

The Marlins were founded in 1972 by
International Hall of Fame swimmer Raymond
F. Taft (1919 – 2002) and is currently coached
by Ray Laughlin. The swim team currently
has about 100 members who participate in any
of 26 scheduled workouts each week, primarily
at the Joinville Aquatic Center at 2111 Kehoe
Avenue in San Mateo. Throughout the year,
many of the Marlin team members compete in
both pool and open water Masters events in
Northern California and across the nation.

Normally, the swim pools where the Marlins practice are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas,
and New Years. Prompted by many team members that did not want to miss their daily swim
workout, Coach Laughlin made special arrangements to allow the Marlins to swim on these
holidays and, in the process, help support Samaritan House.

SAMARITAN HOUSE, whose slogan is "Neighbor Helping Neighbor," was established in 1974
for the purpose of helping families regain self-sufficiency. Working with the City and County of
San Mateo; civic, religious, and school organizations; and more than 2,000 volunteers, they
provide bilingual counseling and case management, food, shelter, health care, rental
assistance, worker resources, and holiday assistance, all free of charge. The Samaritan House
web site is:

For a one-time donation of $20 from each swimmer, participating Marlin team members can
attend any or all of the early morning holiday workouts with 100% of the proceeds going to
Samaritan House. So far, the Marlins have raised approximately $1,100.

Ray Laughlin has been the Marlins Head Swim Coach since August 2007. He is calling the
three holiday practice sessions the "No Excuses" workouts, giving the participating swimmers
extra bragging rights to their physical fitness routines. Laughlin is donating his time to organize
and lead the holiday workout sessions. The San Mateo Master Marlins web site is:

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