December 14, 2016
Ridgefield Aquatic Club Recognized as Silver Medal Club on USA Swimming Club Excellence List
Gold, Silver, Bronze recognition awarded to 200 clubs for performance excellence
[Ridgefield, CT] – RAC has been awarded the top honor of a Silver 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.
RAC, whose top athletes include National Squad Team members Kieran Smith, AJ Bornstein, Marcie Maguire, and Lindsey Gordon, tallied 11,142, finishing 64th and earning Silver Medal Club recognition.
“Ridgefield Aquatic Club is honored to be in the top 100 swim teams in the country, moving up 47 spots!” said Emmanuel Lanzo , RAC’s Head Coach and Chief Executive Officer. “This achievement is reached because of the dedication of our athletes, their coaches, and parents. It’s truly a ‘team effort’ for us to help every young athlete in our program reach their highest potential. Thanks to USA Swimming for the recognition.”
In its 15 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 (last year RAc was ranked 111th, Bronze recognition).
Nation’s Capital Swim Club was the top team in the rankings for the third year a row with 89,635 points.
“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 enables 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.
Click here to view the complete 2017 Club Excellence Program results.
About USA Swimming
As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org .