December 14, 2012
USA Swimming released the 2013 Club Excellence results, and GOAL has been named a USA Swimming SILVER MEDAL Club! This is the first time GOAL has achieved this level of the honor, having achieved bronze medal status for the first time in 2012. GOAL is still the only Midwestern team to earn a medal distinction in this recognition program.
The Club Excellence Program identifies the top 18 & under clubs based strictly on performance. The top 20 clubs are named Gold Medal clubs, the next 80 clubs are named Silver Medal clubs, and the remaining clubs with a Junior National qualifier are named Bronze Medal clubs. Points are based on world rankings, and only swimmers with LCM Junior National times are eligible. Below is a link that shows the clubs awarded medal status for 2013.
According to the USA Swimming website, the program is designed to “promote the development of strong, well-rounded age group and senior swimming programs that produce elite 18 & under athletes;” and “provide recognition and resources to motivate and assist member clubs to strive for the highest ideals of athlete performance.”
GOAL was in the upper half of all bronze medal clubs in 2012, and with a strong showing at Spring and Summer Sectionals, and the Summer Jr. National Championships, we were able to rank above 9 other clubs pointwise who are also silver medal clubs. This designation exemplifies the culmination of tremendous team work. Congratulations to all GOAL athletes, parents, and coaches for being recognized as one of THE premier swim teams in USA Swimming!