NATION'S CAPITAL SWIM CLUB EARNS TOP CLUB EXCELLENCE RANKING FOR
FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Gold, Silver, Bronze recognition awarded
to 200 clubs for performance excellence
Colo. – Nation’s Capital Swim Club of the
Washington, D.C., area continues its reign as the top performing
club earning the No. 1 spot in the USA Swimming Club Excellence
program for the fourth year in a row. Each year, the Club
Excellence program recognizes the organization’s
highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes 18 years
whose top athletes include National Team member Cassidy
Bayer, plus National Junior Team member Sam
Pomajevich tallied 91,597 points, finishing more than
30,000 points ahead of second-place finisher SwimMAC Carolina.
Carmel Swim Club advanced one spot to claim the
Capital Swim Club is blessed with so many talented young athletes
and coaches that make it possible for us to achieve this standard
of excellence for the fourth year in a row. Being named the No. 1
team in Club Excellence is a goal we strive for every year,”
said Tom Ugast, NCAP
Chief Executive Officer. “I would like to thank the
coaches, parents and 18 & under athletes that are dedicated to
their sport and 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 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 is a reflection of
the hard work and time invested by athletes and coaches and has
become a highly coveted honor for our teams. To see new clubs earn
a spot on this list is exciting and a testament that the future of
club swimming continues to be bright,” said Pat Hogan, USA
Swimming’s Club Development Managing Director. “On
behalf of USA Swimming, I want to congratulate each of the 200
clubs that have earned a ranking in the 2018 program.”
team’s ranking score is based on the FINA Points Table, a
power point rating system that assigns point values to swimming
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; points for Silver level swims were
increased by a factor of 1.5.
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.
Click hereto view the complete 2018
Club Excellence Program results.
Manta Rays, Magnolia Aquatic Club, Virginia Gators and Austin Swim
Club all achieved a Gold Medal ranking for the first time. Since
the inception of this program, 83 different clubs have earned Gold
Medal ranking at least once.
Out of the
200 clubs recognized as Gold, Silver and Bronze programs, Middle
Atlantic led all LSCs with 12 clubs recognized, followed by
Southern California Swimming and Florida at 11 clubs represented.
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 $400,000 in grants will be
distributed to the 100 Gold- and Silver-level clubs.
conjunction with the USA Swimming Club Excellence program, USA
Swimming will induct four members into the 2018 Podium Club. Each
team achieving a Gold Medal ranking for four consecutive years will
be named to the Podium Club. In addition to earning Gold grant
dollars, Podium Club members will receive a financial bonus from a
pool of dollars to be divided equally among the number of teams in
the Podium Club each year.
Congratulations to the following four teams that were inducted into
the Podium Club for 2018: