December 16, 2019
USA SWIMMING 2020 Club Excellence Results Announced (Saturday December 14, 2019)
Gold, Silver, Bronze recognition awarded to 200 clubs for performance excellence
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Swimming is proud to recognize the FORT Wayne Swim Team as a Silver Medal Club for 2020. This means that the FORT Wayne Swim Team is one of the Top 100 swim teams, (ranked 95th place), in the country for 18-Under swimmers. There was only one other Indiana club team ranked higher, Carmel Swim Club. There was only one other Indiana team in the top 100, Fishers (ranked 98th). This is the first year that the FORT Wayne Swim Team earned the Silver Medal status, they have been a Bronze Medal team for the past three years and five of the last 10 years. There are over 2800 USA Swimming teams across the country, with over 400,000 members. Washington, D.C.-area’s Nation’s Capital Swim Club has claimed the No. 1 spot once again in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program for the sixth consecutive year. 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.
Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP), posted 81,529 points to outdistance runner-up SwimMAC Carolina by 18,271 points. NCAP’s top junior performers include National Team members Katie Ledecky, and Phoebe Bacon, as well as National Junior Team members Paige McKenna, Chase Travis and Claire Nguyen.
Sandpipers of Nevada, Mason Manta Rays and Dynamo Swim Club round out the top five for 2020.
“USA Swimming is fortunate to have dedicated athletes and coaches doing incredible work in pools across the country. The clubs who have earned Gold, Silver or Bronze honors are building future champions who will continue our success at the international level,” said USA Swimming Managing Director of Sport Development Joel Shinofield. “We are excited and honored to again distribute $400,000 in grants to the top 100-ranked clubs in 2020.”
Now in its 20th 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.
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 2018 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 2019 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships and Junior National Championships.