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The National Age Group Recognition Program is an awards program for the top level of age group swimmers. All times submitted to USA Swimming from sanctioned, approved or observed competition are eligible for consideration. The swimmer must have been a registered member of USA Swimming at the time of the swim.

Swimmers who are in the Top 10 in an event at the end of the season, will be awarded a certificate for their accomplishments. Certificates are distributed for both short course yard and long course meter events. Those who earned the top spot in their event will receive a special momento.


In addition to individual events, age group swimmers can qualify for the Top 10 list in relays using standard age group definitions. That means, ages 11-12 and continuing for 13-14, and 15-18. A club may only have one relay team listed in an event unless the other team or teams are composed only of swimmers not listed on the first.


The time frame for each year’s recognition is September 1st through August 31st of the following year. Lists are compiled and checked in the fall and the final list prepared and announced prior to the end of the year. 


Certificates and pins are distributed to the LSCs by USA Swimming Headquarters. The age groups used for individual events are 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17.  Certificates for ages 11-14 will be sent from USA Swimming to the proper LSC.  Blank certificates for ages 15, 16, and 17 will be sent to the LSC upon request. 
The LSC may print certificates for its athletes in those age groups.  Beginning with the 2007-08 season, the age groups for relay events are 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18. Certificates will be sent for ages 11-12 and 13-14 and blank certificates will be sent upon request to the LSC for ages 15-18. To read the rationale document detailling the reason for starting recognition at age 11, please click here.

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