December 14, 2016
For the third time in program history, NASA has been awarded the honor of a being a Bronze Medal Club within the USA Swimming Club Excellence program, recognizing the organization’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger.
NASA, whose top athletes include Olympic Trials Qualifiers Spencer Lehman and Caleb Cripe along with Junior National Qualifier Sydnee Emerson, led the program in points scored which aided in earning the programs third Bronze Medal Club recognition.
“Northridge Area Swimming Association is honored to be recognized within USA Swimming’s Club Excellence Program,” said Coach Keller, NASA Head Coach and Club Director. “This achievement is a representation of excellence that our 18 & Under athletes, their parents, the many coaches and our Board of Directors have come to expect of each other. It’s a ‘team effort’ for us to help every young athlete in our program reach their highest potential. Thanks to USA Swimming for this honorable 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.
Nation’s Capital Swim Club was the top team in the rankings for the third year a row. Carmel Swim Club in Indianapolis led all 100+ Indiana Clubs with a 4th place national placing. Fishers Area Swimming Tigers was recognized as a Silver Medal Club while five other Indiana Clubs including NASA earned the Bronze Medal Club status. Others earning Bronze Medal Status were swim clubs from Duneland, Crown Point, Zionsville and Ft. Wayne. NASA is, by far, the smallest of the Indiana Clubs earning recognition.
“Earning a Gold, Silver or Bronze ranking has become a highly coveted honor for our 2,700+ 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.”