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Ridgefield Aquatic Club Recognized as Silver Medal Club on 2018 USA Swimming Clu

 

Ridgefield Aquatic Club Recognized as Silver Medal Club on 2018 USA Swimming Club Excellence List

Gold, Silver, Bronze recognition awarded to 200 clubs for performance excellence

                                                                                                                                           

Ridgefield, CT –For the second consecutive year, RAC has been awarded the top honor of a Silver 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.

 

RAC, whose top athletes include National Junior Team member and 2017 Junior World Championship medalist, Kieran Smith, plus Summer Junior Nationals medalist, Andrew Bornstein tallied 11,392 points. Ridgefield Aquatic Club claims the 56th-place rank, 2nd in the State of Connecticut.

 

“Ridgefield Aquatic Club is honored to be in the top 100 swim teams in the country, moving up eight spots from last year and 55 in the last two.  Our Team is blessed with so many focused, talented and committed young athletes; blessed with committed parents and board members that make it possible for us to achieve this standard of excellence for the second year in a row. We will strive for gold every year,” said Emmanuel Lanzo , RAC Chief Executive Officer.  “I would like to thank our Head Age Group Coach, Graham Bodner, our Co-Head Age Group Coach, Thammara Clemente, our Development Coach, Danielle Leprine, and our Assistant Coach Katherine Didrisken.  Thanks to the parents and to our athletes that are dedicated to their sport.  It is an honor to be recognized by USA Swimming. I would also like to thank the other Clubs that participate in this program. It is hard work and makes all of us better at achieving excellence."

 

In its 17 th 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 a 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.”

                                                                                                 

Each team’s ranking score is based on the FINA Points Table, a power point rating system that assigns point values to swim performances based on the Gold, Silver or Bronze time standard. Starting with the 2017 Club Excellence rankings, Gold swims were multiplied by a factor of 2.0; a factor of 1.5 increased points for Silver level swims.

                                                                                                 

The following clubs achieved the Gold Medal ranking for 2018, with Local Swimming Committee (LSC) designation. Sixteen different LSCs are represented in the Gold Medal level.

 

 

Club

LSC

Points

1.

Nation's Capital Swim Club

Potomac Valley        

91,597

2.

SwimMAC Carolina

North Carolina

59,673

3.

Carmel Swim Club                       

Indiana

40,745

4.

Sandpipers of Nevada

Southern California

36,808

5.

Marlins of Raleigh

North Carolina

35,932

6.

Irvine Novaquatics

Southern California

31,749

7.

Long Island Aquatic Club

Metropolitan Swimming

31,621

8.

Mason Manta Rays

Ohio

30,256

9.

Swim Atlanta

Georgia

29,705

10.

Scottsdale Aquatic Club             

Arizona

28,035

11.

Nitro Swimming                           

South Texas

28,008

12.

Magnolia Aquatic Club

Gulf Coast

27,181

13.

Mission Viejo Nadadores

Southern California

26,951

14.

Virginia Gators

Virginia

26,507

15.

Club Wolverine

Michigan

26,317

16.

Fort Collins Area Swim Team

Colorado

25,325

17.

Sarasota YMCA Sharks               

Florida

25,292

18.

Austin Swim Club

South Texas

25,201

19.

Lakeside Aquatic Club

North Texas

25,172

20.

Pleasanton Seahawks

Pacific

24,561

 

Click here to view the complete 2018 Club Excellence Program results.

 

For more information about the Club Excellence program visit www.usaswimming.org .

 

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 .