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Stingrays Competitive Swim Team

Swim Team at the J

The Tucson J Swim Team is a competitive swim team for children ages 4-18. We value hard work, the pursuit of excellence, and mutual respect for teammates and competitors. Through practice and competition, athletes develop a work ethic and healthy sense of competition that provides the backbone for success in the pool, the classroom, and beyond. We accept new swimmers all year! 

As a program of the Tucson J, we share a vision of fostering a place of esteem and respect, as viewed by the broader community.

Stingray Pup Program

The Stingray Pups Program is the perfect place for future athletes who are interested in joining the Stingrays Swim Team but need some extra prep to make it happen! Pups practices bridge the gap between group swim lessons and the swim-team environment.

In the Stingrays Prep Program, future athletes will be working with a coach or instructor in the water to hone skills that will be essential to success in a competitive swim program. Participants will attend classes three times each week, which acquaints them with the expectations in the Swim Team program. Additionally, athletes will get to work with some of the Stingray coaches, developing relationships that will extend into their time on the Team. At the conclusion of each session, the last class will include a tryout for the Team. Responsible adults and future athletes will be given a report card that summarizes the participant’s progress toward program goals (swim-team readiness).

2024 - 2025 Stingrays Monthly Open + Returning Swimmer Assessments

Monday, June 17 4:30-5 pm
Wednesday, June 19 7:30-8pm
Thursday, June 27 4:30-5pm
Monday, July 1 4:30-5 pm
Wednesday, July 17 7:30-8pm
Monday, July 22 4:30-5 pm
Thursday, July 25 4:30-5pm
Monday, August 12 4:30 & 7:30pm
Thursday, August 22 4:30 & 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 28 4:30 & 7:30pm
Monday, September 9 4:30 & 7:30pm
Thursday, September 19 4:30 & 7:30pm
Monday, October 14 4:30 & 7:30pm
Thursday, October 17 4:30 & 7:30pm
Monday, November 11 4:30 & 7:30pm
Thursday, November 21 4:30 & 7:30pm
Monday, December 9 4:30 & 7:30pm
Monday, January 13 4:30 & 7:30pm
Thursday, January 16 4:30 & 7:30pm
Monday, February 10 4:30 & 7:30pm
Thursday, February 20 4:30 & 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 26 4:30 & 7:30pm
Monday, March 10 4:30 & 7:30pm
Thursday, March 20 4:30 & 7:30pm
Wednesday, March 26 4:30 & 7:30pm

The tryout policy is as follows:

New swimmers will be placed in the appropriate practice group based on their ability and age. Evaluations for existing swimmers (advancing to a higher group or placement into a lower group) are made by the coaching staff throughout the season. Placement is decided by the coaches who may use their discretion in deciding the best learning environment for each individual swimmer. Recommendations will be communicated to the swimmer and parent.

All prospective athletes are required to try out prior to joining the Stingrays Swim Team. Open tryouts will be held each month, with dates and times to be posted on the Stingrays website. During open tryouts, athletes may be asked to demonstrate the prerequisites for the practice group the coach thinks may be the best fit after a short consultation with the athlete and/or their parents or guardians. Although the tryouts are open, advanced scheduling with the Head Coach is recommended.

Returning athletes who have been out of the water for more than one month are also required to complete a tryout to determine appropriate group placement. While placement with the athlete’s previous group is preferred, it is not guaranteed.

Upon completion of any tryout with an assistant coach, the Assistant Coach will confer with the Head Coach. The Head Coach will respond to the parent of the prospective parent within two business days and recommend the appropriate placement.

Upon completion of any tryout with the Head Coach, the Head Coach will recommend the appropriate placement to the parent of the prospective athlete. 

Meet the Coaches


Marika Hodge

Head Coach

David Schriesheim

Assistant Coach

Abbey Hopp

Assistant Coach
Jadan Nabor

Jadan Nabor

Assistant Coach

Got what it takes to be a Stingray?

Contact Marika Hodge at, call 520.299.3000 or visit our swim team website.