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The Shining Swarm are a metallic grey team introduced in Marble League 2017, and are currently represented by Shiny, Sparkle, Shimmer, Sterling and Glimmer.

Notorious for being a forgotten team, the Shining Swarm had a decent debut season in 2017, winning one gold medal in the infamous Fidget Spinner Collision event, and finishing in 7th overall. However, the team were unable to qualify for Marble League 2018 and 2019. They failed to qualify for Marble League 2020 as they were in the bottom four of the Marble League Showdown 2019. However, they would qualify for Marble League 2021, finishing 3rd in their group.

Before 2020, likely because of the fact that they had only participated in one Marble League edition and won one medal up to that year, the Shining Swarm had a dubious honor of being mostly unknown to the JMR Community – and many fans even tended to forget that the team actually exists.

Team Members

Athletes

Shiny, Sparkle, Shimmer and Sterling were the original members of the Shining Swarm. Glimmer was introduced to the team in 2018. Sparkle became team captain in 2019. Shiny took over the role of team captain in 2020.

2017 2018 2019 -
2020
2021 -
Present
Shiny Shiny Shiny Shiny Captain.png
Sparkle Sparkle Sparkle Captain.png Sparkle
Shimmer Shimmer Shimmer Shimmer
Sterling Sterling Sterling Sterling
Glimmer Glimmer Glimmer
Color Meaning
Team Member
Reserve Member
Injured

Timeline

Managers

Manager From To Events G S B Tot. Honors
Sheen Exact date unknown[1] present 0 0 0 0 0

Coaches

Coach From To Events G S B Tot. Honors
Gleam Exact date unknown present 4 0 0 1 1

Note: Events include any kind of events (friendlies, other tournaments, ...).

History

Pre-Marble League

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The Shining Swarm come from the city of Galeem on the West African coast. It is located on a peninsula that juts out from the mountainous mainland, at the mouth of the Silver River. The city is named for the shining waters that surround the city. The team were originally called the Silver Swarm, after the river. They eventually had to change their name so they wouldn't be confused with the Quicksilvers, so they opted for the name of Shining Swarm, inspired by the natural beauty of their homeland which shines in the sunlight.

Prior to their marble sports career, the four original members of the Shining Swarm, Shiny, Sparkle, Shimmer and Sterling, were musicians, and the four formed a band called The MarBeats. The band produced may hits such as "Here Comes The Swarm", "Fidget to Ride", and "I Wanna Be Your Marble". Their most popular song is "Roll Over and Roll Out", whose lyrics reference the growing popularity of regional marble sports tournaments, which is why it resonated with marble sports fans. In 2015, the song was used in a featurette about marble sports tournaments, such as the Surculo, the Ramen Bowl, and the Knikkegen Marble League.

During this time, the four started to gain interest in marble racing, and so decided to form their own marble sports team. They performed their final live concert on a rooftop in Draklin, performing songs from their Marbly Road album. They returned to Galeem in early 2016 and started training as marble athletes. After the conclusion of Marble League 2016, they applied for participation in the Marble League 2017 Qualifiers and were accepted.[2]

2017

The Shining Swarm come fourth in Block Pushing

The Shining Swarm's first event in the Qualifiers was Relay Race. Shiny rushed out of the gate, but the team then fell behind and finished 12th. The team learnt to conserve their energy in the long run and began to improve. Their best result at the Qualifiers was in Block Pushing, where they came 4th. They finished the Qualifiers in 7th overall, qualifying for the main competition.

The Shining Swarm had a bad start to Marble League 2017. In the first event, the Funnel Race, Shimmer was chosen to represent the team and came in 12th, worse than Sparkle, who had come 6th in the Qualifiers. This was followed by a ninth place finish for Sterling in Event 2, the Long Jump. The team stayed dropped to 13th overall and were on track to becoming another bottom-half forgettable team.

The Shining Swarm ride a Fidget Spinner during Fidget Spinner Collision

However, the next event, Fidget Spinner Collision, marked the moment where the Shining Swarm truly began to shine. The team have a huge love for Collision events, which is why they have the Swarm in their name – they literally swarm their opponents in Collision events. They had not prepared for the fidget spinners, but neither had any team as rumor has that they were introduced just before the Qualifiers due to their sudden popularity. The team just made it into the knockout stage, coming second in their group after narrowly beating the Chocolatiers.

In the quarterfinals, the Shining Swarm pulled a tiebreaker win against Mellow Yellow, and followed this up with another tiebreaker win against Team Primary in the semifinals. In the finals, they managed to beat the Limers, who had been dominating the event beforehand. This earned the team their first ever Marble League medal. Even through the craziness of the event and Momomomo's injury, the positivity of the team shone through, and the team rode one of the fidget spinners to celebrate. The gold medal from this event took the team into third place overall.

The Shining Swarm come fifth in Archery

Unfortunately, the Shining Swarm failed to keep this up in the next event, 5-meter Sprint, where Sparkle finished in second-to-last. The team dropped to 9th place overall, and proceeded to stay within the middle of the standings with a streak of modest finishes. The final three events, however, saw the team shine again, with a strong fifth place finish in Event 10, Archery, a fourth for Sparkle in Event 11, the Underwater Race, and another fifth for Shiny in the final event, Sand Rally. The team finished Marble League 2017 in 7th place overall, better than they thought they would.

Such a great performance by the Shining Swarm in their debut Marble League season earned them a great deal of respect from the marblebase. This is especially true when it comes to their incredible performance in the aforementioned Fidget Spinner Collision event, which led to their phenomenal podium finish and a gold medal for the team.[2]

2018

The Shining Swarm lose to the Black Jacks in Curling

The Shining Swarm's next appearance was in the Marble League 2018 Qualifiers, where they were sorted into Group C, and were joined by Glimmer, who became their reserve member. Unfortunately, they were unable to come above 5th in any of the events, and ended up finishing at the bottom of their group, failing to qualify for Marble League 2018. They went on to attend the main tournament and watched from the stands.

During this time, Shiny, Sparkle, Shimmer, and Sterling reunited as The MarBeats and released one more album called Let it Roll, featuring songs such as "The Long and Shining Road", "Across the Marbleverse", and "Let it Roll", which was the titular song on the album and charted high. The four then officially announced their retirement from the music industry so they could commit to marble sports.

The Shining Swarm competing in the Amazing Maze Marble Race

During the offseason, the Shining Swarm competed in multiple events, the first being the Marble League 2018 Consolation Race. Shimmer was chosen to represent the team and came 7th. Sparkle then competed in the 100 Meter Water Race, finishing in 19th. Finally, the team competed in the Amazing Maze Marble Race. Unfortunately, the team finished last in their group. This led to many of their fans questioning their decision to leave the music industry. Some of the members of the team agreed, but they had decided to move to something they enjoy, regardless of how well they do. Marble sports also brings out the best in the team.[2]

2019

Shimmer competing in the Underwater Race

Undisturbed by their previous poor performances, the Shining Swarm entered the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers with high hopes. Unfortunately, they performed poorly and only managed to earn five points in the first three events. Shimmer managed to finish 9th in the final event, the Underwater Race, earning 10 points, but it was not enough. The team finished in 19th and failed to qualify for Marble League 2019.

The Shining Swarm prepared for another extended offseason, with several members of the team considering making solo music. However, the team came to hear of the announcement of the Marble League Showdown. They were so excited they started rolling back and forth, mainly because Collision would be returning. As a result, the team went back to training after hiring Gleam as their coach.

During this time, the team also became subject of a meme on the official Marble League Twitter account, naming the Shining Swarm their favorite to win Marble League 2019, despite the team not competing. Their meme status was also helped by the fact that fans keep forgetting the team exist. This actually led to an increase in their fans, nicknamed the "Swarmy". As a result, the team received a newfound determination and were ready to "Rise and Shine".

The Shining Swarm come third in Collision

Unfortunately, the Shining Swarm had a poor start to Marble League Showdown 2019, with an eleventh place finish for Sparkle in the Sand Rally. However, the next event was Collision. The team used the same strategy they had used two years ago to edge ahead of the Kobalts into the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, they lost to the Rojo Rollers in the semifinals, but managed to dominate Team Primary in the bronze medal match. The team got onto the podium for the first time in two years.

The Shining Swarm proceeded to keep this up with a fifth place finish for Shiny in the third event, the Funnel Race, bringing the team into 5th. However, the team faltered in the final event, Balancing, coming in 10th. They ended the Showdown with 22 points, tied with the Minty Maniacs. However, the Minty Maniacs had a silver medal in their medal tally, and so won the tiebreaker for 8th place, meaning the Swarm had failed to qualify for the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.[2]

2020

Sparkle and Shimmer competing in the Black Hole Funnel

During the offseason, the Shining Swarm had to get back into the music industry in order to make money and support their team. To do so, they first hired Sheen as their manager, and it paid off. The team was supported financially, and was ready to make an appearance in Marble League Showdown 2020.[1]

The Swarm started the Showdown with two bottom half finishes in the Relay Run and the Halfpipe putting them in joint eighth overall with the Turtle Sliders, the final qualifying spot. The second half of the competition saw the Swarm turn things around when Sparkle and Shimmer won a silver medal in the team's first duo event, the Black Hole Funnel, taking them away from the danger zone into fifth overall. In the final event, the Sand Mogul Race, Shiny won their heat and moved on to the final. Unfortunately, they missed the podium by finishing in fourth just behind Hop from the Jungle Jumpers. This was enough to put them into fourth overall, giving the team the opportunity to compete in the Marble League 2021 Qualifiers, their first time since Marble League 2019.

2021

Marble League 2021

Marble League 2017

Main article: Marble League 2017

Qualifiers

The Shining Swarm qualified for Marble League 2017.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Relay Race All 11.38 sec. 12th 1 12th
Sand Race Sterling 26.59 sec. 7th 6 11th
Block Pushing All 65.1 cm 4th 9 7th
Funnel Spin Sparkle 0:54.20 6th 7 7th

Main Tournament

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Funnel Race Shimmer 1:06.10 12th 4 12th
Long Jump Sterling 68.8 cm 9th 7 13th
Fidget Spinner Collision All Winner 1st 25 3rd
5-meter Sprint Sparkle 8.07 sec. 15th 1 9th
Hurdles Shiny 9.61 sec. 7th 9 8th
Relay Run All 12.01 sec. 6th 10 7th
Block Pushing All 65.6 cm 8th 8 9th
High Jump Sterling 36.5 cm 8th 8 9th
Steeplechase All 43.81 sec. 10th 6 9th
Archery All 35.5 pts 5th 11 8th
Underwater Race Sparkle 13.60 sec. 4th 12 7th
Sand Rally Shiny 1:28.12 5th 11 7th

Marble League 2018

Main article: Marble League 2018

Qualifiers

The Shining Swarm failed to qualify for Marble League 2018. They competed in Group C.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Curling All First Round Loss 5th 4 5th
Snow Race Sterling DNF 6th 3 8th
5 Meter Ice Dash Sparkle 5.23 sec. 8th 1 8th
Halfpipe All 35.82 sec. 7th 2 8th

Other 2018 Competitions

Shining Swarm took part in three other competitions in 2018: the Marble League 2018 Consolation Race, the 100 Meter Water Race and the Amazing Maze Marble Race.

Event Participant Final Result Place
Marble League 2018 Consolation Race Shimmer 46.08 sec. 7th
100 Meter Water Race Sparkle 4:17.14 19th
Amazing Maze Marble Race All 27 pts 18th

Marble League 2019

Main article: Marble League 2019

Shining Swarm's original logo for the 2019 season, designed by Hersh.

Qualifiers

The Shining Swarm failed to qualify for Marble League 2019.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Funnel Race Sparkle 0:54.92 16th 3 16th
Block Pushing All 89.4 cm 18th 1 20th
Relay Race All 10.91 sec. 18th 1 20th
Underwater Race Shimmer 29.62 sec. 9th 10 19th

Marble League Showdown 2019

Main article: Marble League Showdown 2019

The Shining Swarm failed to qualify for the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Sand Rally Sparkle 2:17.17 11th 1 11th
Collision All 3rd Place Winner 3rd 12 6th
Funnel Race Shiny 1:27.28 5th 7 5th
Balancing All 212 cm 10th 2 9th

Marble League Showdown 2020

Main article: Marble League Showdown 2020

The Shining Swarm qualified for the Marble League 2021 Qualifiers.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Relay Run All 9.098 sec. 9th 3 9th
Halfpipe All 56.84 sec. 7th 5 8th
Black Hole Funnel Sparkle (C) & Shimmer 92.05 sec. 2nd 15 5th
Sand Mogul Race Shiny 8.927 sec. 4th 9 4th

2020/21 Offseason

Event Participant Final Result Place
Marble League 2021 Practice Race Shiny 3:09.14 24th

Marble League 2021

Main article: Marble League 2021

Qualifiers

The Shining Swarm competed in Group B. They qualified for Marble League 2021.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Wave All 29 pts 6th 6 6th
Funnel Endurance Sparkle 1:57.06 7th 5 7th
Relay Race All 8.681 sec. 2nd 12 4th
Sand Rally Shiny 1:45.46 5th 7 3rd

Main Tournament

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Wave All 28 pts 6th 10 6th
Balancing All 206 cm 12th 4 9th
5 Meter Sprint Sterling 5.966 sec. 5th 11 10th
Funnel Endurance Shiny (C) 1:45.06 13th 3 12th
5 Meter Relay All 8.607 sec. 3rd 15 10th
Jousting Sparkle & Shimmer Round of 16 Loss 10th 6 10th
5 Meter Hurdles Shiny (C) 9.843 sec. 14th 2 11th
Block Pushing All 160.35 cm 4th 12 12th
Triathlon Glimmer 28.03 sec. 4th 12 10th
Steeplechase All 27.03 sec. 15th 1 11th
Sand Mogul Race Shiny (C) 54.41 sec. 8th 8 11th
Diving All 12.76 pts (MR) 1st 25 8th
Elimination Race Sterling Eliminated Round 5 12th 4 10th
Sand Rally Shimmer 1:24.44 3rd 15 8th
Football All Quarterfinal Loss 7th 9 9th
Marblocross Sparkle 7:37.23 9th 7 9th

Results

Marble League

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2017 12 1 0 0 1 7th 112
2018 Did not qualify
2019 Did not qualify
2020 Did not qualify
2021 16 1 0 2 3 9th 144
Total 28 2 0 2 4 - 256

Marble League Showdown

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2019 4 0 0 1 1 9th 22
2020 4 0 1 0 1 4th 32

Team Members' Individual Scores

Marble League

Teammate Competed In Individual Events Medals Won Total Individual Points
Glimmer Marble League 2021 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts
Shimmer Marble League 2017
Marble League 2021
Funnel Spinning (2017) 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
4 pts
Shiny Marble League 2017
Marble League 2021
Hurdles (2017)
Sand Rally (2017)
Funnel Endurance (2021)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
23 pts
Sparkle Marble League 2017
Marble League 2021
5 Meter Sprint (2017)
Underwater Race (2017)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
13 pts
Sterling Marble League 2017
Marble League 2021
Long Jump (2017)
High Jump (2017)
5 Meter Sprint (2021)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
26 pts


Marble League Showdown

Teammate Competed In Individual Events Medals Won Total Individual Points
Glimmer Marble League Showdown 2019
Marble League Showdown 2020
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts
Shimmer Marble League Showdown 2019
Marble League Showdown 2020
Black Hole Funnel (2020) 0 gold medals
1 silver medal
0 bronze medals
15 pts
Shiny Marble League Showdown 2019
Marble League Showdown 2020
Funnel Race (2019)
Sand Mogul Race (2020)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
16 pts
Sparkle Marble League Showdown 2019
Marble League Showdown 2020
Sand Rally (2019)
Black Hole Funnel (2020)
0 gold medals
1 silver medal
0 bronze medals
16 pt
Sterling Marble League Showdown 2019
Marble League Showdown 2020
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts

Italics - As reserve member

Trivia

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  • The Shining Swarm used to be named the Silver Swarm, but when the Quicksilvers replaced the Gliding Glaciers, the Swarm was renamed to Shining Swarm so that there weren't two team names that mentioned silver.
  • The team rode a fidget spinner twice during the Fidget Spinner Collision event, the same event in which the team earned their first and so far only gold medal.
  • The @MarbleLeague Twitter, in a retweet of the JMRC's poll of who would win Marble League 2019, responded to the poll by writing "Shining Swarm". This response poked fun at the fact that the team is relatively unknown and often forgotten by the fanbase due to only being in one Marble League and only medaling once in that year.
  • The Shining Swarm, or rather their four original team members, were in a band called The MarBeats before they grew interest in marble racing. They had released twelve studio albums throughout their music career.
    • The band name is likely a spoof of the real-life legendary English rock band, The Beatles.

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Stynth (8th August 2020). Offseason Moments – ML2020 Showdown. Marble Sports.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Stynth (1st April 2020). RetRollSpective – Shining Swarm. Jelle's Marble Runs.
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