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MOR is a GOLD Medal team for 2nd year in a row!

Raleigh, NC – The Marlins Of Raleigh Swim Team been has earned the top honor of a Gold 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.  MOR Finished 5th in the entire United States (out of over 3000 teams)  with 36,592 points and earned Gold Medal status for the 2nd consecutive year.

The top 5 teams in the US were:

1-Nation’s Capital Swim Club Wash DC    91,597

2-SwimMac Carolina NC                            59,673

3-Carmel Swim Club Ind.                            40,745

4-Sandpipers of Nevada, Nevada              36,808

5-Marlins Of Raleigh                                  35, 932

1 other  NC team was ranked as a Gold Medal Club, SwimMac finished 2nd with 59,673 points.  Enfinity Aquatic Club of Greensboro was ranked as the 78th highest scoring team and received Silver Medal recognition while 3 NC teams achieved Bronze Medal recognition, Tac, Hickory Y, and YMCA of Western NC. 

MOR Club Excellence Scoring Swimmers: Abby Arens, Zach Brown, Grace Countie, Connor Dalbo, John Healy, Madison Homovich, Ashley McCauley, Kate Moore, Hunter Pigg, and Julia Poole.  Teams must have at least 1 world ranked swimmer to score in the Gold Medal category while Silver Medal teams must have at least 1 US Open time and Bronze 1 Jr. National time.  No other team from the Triangle achieved Gold Medal Status and with MOR finishing in the top 5 the past 2 years, it firmly establishes MOR’s training program as one of the tops in the country.

“The Marlins of Raleigh Swim Team is honored to have scored the 5th most points and earn  Gold Medal recognition in the USA Swimming Club Excellence Program for the 2nd consecutive year,” said Paul Silver, Marlins Of Raleigh Head Coach. “Starting with just 6 swimmers 16 years ago, many coaches, athletes, and parents have put in a lot of work to achieve Gold Medal status.  These swimmers all had great age group coaches who guided them along the way.  We are so proud of the athletes who made this recognition possible.”

In its 16th 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.  The Bronze time standard is the summer Jr. National Qualifying time, the Silver is the US Open Qualifying time and the Gold is the women’s top 150 and men’s top 200 World ranking. 


“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.  Last year MOR received $10,400 in grant money that went to continued development of elite International level swimming.


Click view the complete 2018 Club Excellence Program results.

View the following national website articles on MOR’s Gold Medal Scoring.

MOR Accomplishments in 2017

  • NC Sr. Short Course Champions
  • 4 USA Swimming National Select Camp qualifiers, most in history of USA Swimming
  • Runner Up at NCSA Jr. Nationals
  • NC Sr. Long Course Champions
  • 5th place US Open Championships
  • 4th place US Futures Championships
  • 1 US National Jr. Team Swimmer
  • 1 US National Jr. Team Coach
  • 11 USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans
  • 4th place USA Swimming Winter Jr. Nationals