December 20, 2018
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The Dayton Raiders have been awarded a 2019 Gold level ranking at #18 nationally for the third time (2012, 2016, 2019). On an annual basis, the Club Excellence program recognizes USA Swimming’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes ages 18 years and younger.
Now in its 18th year, the Club Excellence program identifies clubs that execute strong, well-rounded programs to produce elite 18-and-under athletes. There are approximately 3,000 swim clubs in the America. 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.
Each team’s ranking score is based on the FINA Points Table, a power point rating system that assigns point values to individual 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. Open water swimmers are eligible to score points based on their finishes at the 2018 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships and Junior National Championships.