December 15, 2016
Please see the recent press release below. This is a wonderful honor for OUR/YOUR TEAM!! This could certainly not be accomplished with out ALL the outstanding swimmers, coaches and parents that we are blessed with! Everyone of you should be very proud of this accomplishment. I think there were only (6) other IN teams that were recognized.
IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE: (Thursday December 15, 2016)
Team Contact: John Gibson firstname.lastname@example.org 260-466-7808(cell) or 260-637-0340 (office)
FORT WAYNE SWIM TEAM Recognized as BRONZE Medal Club on USA Swimming Club Excellence List
[Colorado Springs, CO] – The Fort Wayne Swim Team has been awarded the 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 across all teams in the US.
Fort Wayne Swim Team, whose top athletes include Ryan Huizing & Will Schrensky who competed in the USA Olympic Trials last Summer, Junior National Swimmers-Courtney Kresl, Abby Johnston, Mallory Jackson, Jackson Kent, Ken Hauter, Tristan DeWitt, Jacob Steele, and others contributed to the team’s finishing 170th in the country and earning Bronze Medal Club recognition.
“Fort Wayne Swim Team is honored to be recognized as one of the top 200 teams in the USA Swimming Club Excellence Program,” said John Gibson, Head Coach/Owner. “This achievement is reached because of the dedication of our 18 & Under athletes, our coaches and parents. It’s truly a ‘team effort’ for us to help every young athlete in our program reach their highest potential. Thanks to USA Swimming for the recognition.”
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.
“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.