December 14, 2016
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14th, 2016
EMPIRE KC Swim Club Recognized as BRONZE Medal Club on USA Swimming Club Excellence List
Gold, Silver, Bronze recognition awarded to 200 clubs for performance excellence
Kansas City, MO – For the first time, Empire KC Swim Club has been awarded the top honor of a Bronze medal ranking in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program, recognizing the organization’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger.
Empire KC, whose top athletes include Junior National Qualifiers Liam Bresette, Crissie Blomquist, Sam Drew and Andy Huffman, earned the Bronze Medal Club recognition by competing at the national level in 2016.
Head Coach Bobby Mattin said “We are honored and gratified by this recognition. Our athletes, coaches, volunteers and families take great pride in the accomplishments of our swimmers. This is truly a team success and one we will continue to build on in the years to come. Thank you to USA Swimming for the opportunity to recognize our swimmer’s achievements.”
In its 15th year, the Club Excellence program identifies clubs that execute strong, well-rounded programs to produce elite 18-and-under athletes. The top 20 clubs earn Gold level ranking and those rated 21-100 are designated as Silver honorees. The next 100 clubs are recognized at the Bronze level.
Nation’s Capital Swim Club was the top team in the rankings for the third year a row with 89,635 points.
“Earning a Gold, Silver or Bronze ranking has become a highly coveted honor for our club teams. The competition to earn a Club Excellence ranking continues to be more and more challenging.” said Pat Hogan, USA Swimming’s Club Development Managing Director. “On behalf of USA Swimming, I want to congratulate each of 200 clubs that have earned a ranking in the 2017 program.”
In addition to recognizing high-performing teams, the program provides grant funding that enable clubs to expand and enhance the services already provided to athletes. A total of $450,000 in grants will be distributed to the 100 Gold- and Silver-level clubs.
Click here to view the complete 2017 Club Excellence Program results.
About USA Swimming
As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.