Swim Clubs


The Club Excellence Program is a voluntary program that identifies and recognizes USA Swimming clubs for their commitment to performance excellence. This program strives to meet the following objectives:

  • Promote the development of strong, well-rounded age group and senior swimming programs that produce elite 18 & under athletes;
  • Provide recognition and resources to motivate and assist member clubs to strive for the highest ideals of athlete performance.

The program provides grant funding and recognizes the club development system as integral to achieving excellence in the sport.

Application Procedure for the 2017 Program

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 Club Excellence program. Complete information about the 2017 program can be found in the program description provided at the link above. In order to apply for the 2017 program, clubs must:

  1. Complete the online application form at http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/83aeg59885.
  2. Submit the performance scoring information using the Online Meet Entry (OME) system
  3. Submit the online application and the performances scoring info by the October 14, 2016 application deadline

2017 Club Excellence Application

There are two parts to the Club Excellence program application; the electronic general information component and the Online Meet Entry (OME) system for the performance scoring component. Both parts must be completed and submitted to USA Swimming.


It may be helpful to complete a rough draft of the application by hand prior to completing the electronic application. Click Here for a blank copy of the application. This option is provided to help you work through the application. The paper copy is not acceptable for submission.


You must enter your information via this online tool; paper versions will not be accepted.

Once completed, we recommend that you print a hard copy of this portion of the application. To do so, you must print the summary on the last page before you click "submit".


The application deadline is October 14, 2016.


Click Here to complete the 2017 Club Excellence application.

2017 Program TIMELINE

• September 1, 2016 - Program announcement distributed to all USA Swimming clubs. Application forms and information available on the USA Swimming website.

• October 14, 2016 - Deadline for applications from clubs to USA Swimming.


• December 16, 2016 - Club rankings announced by USA Swimming & Grant applications sent to all Gold and Silver clubs.


• February 17, 2017 - Deadline for grant applications to USA Swimming from Gold and Silver clubs.


• April 14, 2017 - Grant awards announced by USA Swimming.


Please direct any questions regarding the program to Pat Hogan at phogan@usaswimming.org or Tom Avischious at tavischious@usaswimming.org.


The program annually recognizes up to 200 outstanding clubs and provides monetary grants to those who qualify as Gold Medal or Silver Medal clubs. Upon recognition as a Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal Club, recipients enjoy the following benefits:

  • A 2017 4 'x 6' banner recognizing their level of achievement
  • The right to use the 2017 Club Excellence Program logo on the club website and in advertising/promotional materials through December 31 of 2017
  • The club's level of achievement is displayed on the USA Swimming website in the club search section
  • Gold and Silver level clubs are eligible to apply for grant funding

2016 Club Excellence Results

Nation’s Capital Swim Club Claims Second Consecutive USA Swimming Club Excellence Title

Gold, Silver, Bronze recognition awarded to 200 clubs for performance excellence

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the second year in a row Nation’s Capital Swim Club of the Washington, D.C., area, earned the top position in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program, recognizing the organization’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger.

NCAP, whose top athletes include Olympian Katie Ledecky, National Team members Cassidy Bayer and Andrew Seliskar and seven Junior National team members, tallied 68,604 points, finishing 30,000 points ahead of second-place finisher SwimMAC Carolina. Lakeside Swim Team of Louisville, Kentucky, placed third and jumped up from number nine a year ago.

“This honor reflects the collective hard work of athletes and their coaches, along with the tremendous support of our team families and the club officers of Nation’s Capital Swim Club,” said Pete Morgan, head coach of Nation’s Capital Swim Club. “With less than eight months remaining before USA Swimming selects the 2016 Olympic Team, Nation's Capital Swim Club is proud to be recognized for Olympic event performances.”

In its 14th 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 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 the 200 clubs that have earned a ranking in the 2016 program.” 


The following clubs achieved the Gold Medal ranking for 2016, with Local Swimming Committee (LSC) designation. Fourteen different LSCs are represented in the Gold Medal level.

1. Nation's Capital Swim Club
2. SwimMAC Carolina
NC 36,509
3. Lakeside Swim Team
KY 34,573
4. Dynamo Swim Club
GA 31,514
5. Nitro Swimming
ST 30,009
6. Mission Viejo Nadadores
CA 29,416
7. North Baltimore Aquatic Club
MD 29,022
8. Aquazot Swim Club
9. NOVA of Virginia Aquatics
VA 25,921
10. SwimAtlanta
GA 24,509
11. Sarasota YMCA Sharks
FL 24,076
12. Bolles School Sharks
FL 23,319
13. Sandpipers of Nevada
CA 22,816
14. Carmel Swim Club
IN 20,964
15. Scottsdale Aquatic Club
AZ 20,900
16. Academy Bullets Swim Club
IL 18,353
17. Nashville Aquatic Club
SE 17,567
18. Gator Swim Club
FL 17,041
19. Santa Clara Swim Club
PC 16,722
20. Walnut Creek Aquabears
PC 16,560


Academy Bullets Swim Club, Sandpipers of Nevada and Walnut Creek Aquabears all achieved a Gold Medal ranking for the first time. Since the inception of this program, 72 different clubs have earned Gold Medal ranking at least once and North Baltimore Aquatic Club is the only club to retain its Gold Medal ranking each year since the program began in 2002.

Out of the 200 clubs recognized as Gold, Silver and Bronze programs, Southern California Swimming led all LSCs with 15 clubs recognized, followed by Middle Atlantic at 12 and Southeastern had 11 clubs represented.

In 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 $450,000 in grants will be distributed to the 100 Gold- and Silver-level clubs.

In conjunction with the USA Swimming Club Excellence program, USA Swimming introduced the Podium Club. Beginning in 2016, a club 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 eight teams that were inducted into the Podium Club for 2016:
  • Aquazot Swim Club     
  • Bolles School Sharks
  • Dynamo Swim Club    
  • Lakeside Swim Team      
  • Nation’s Capital Swim Club   
  • North Baltimore Aquatic Club     
  • Sarasota YMCA Sharks    
  • SwimMAC Carolina


Click here to view the complete 2016 Club Excellence Program results.

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