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Monday, October 18, 2021

USA Swimming Recognizes 2021-2022 Club Excellence Recipients


Editor's note: This article was edited on January 18, 2022 to reflect an updated podium club list.

 USA Swimming announced today 201 clubs will be recognized as Gold, Silver or Bronze medal clubs in the 2021-2022 Club Excellence Program.  

Number one seated club, TAC Titans (TAC), posted 69,591 points to oust 7-year defending champion Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP) club by 9,215 points. TAC’s top performers include 2020 Tokyo Olympian Claire Curzan along with Charlotte Hook and Lance Norris.  

SwimMAC Carolina (MAC), Dynamo Swim Club (DYNA) and Carmel Swim Club (CSC) round out the top five for 2022.  

The program recognizes USA Swimming’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes ages 18 years and younger on an annual basis. In a new addition to last year, eligible athlete performances include both pool and open water swims.  

Eligible athlete pool performances were achieved between September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021. Open water eligible performances were taken from the 5-kilmometer and 10-kilmometer at the 2021 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships as well as the 5 km and 7.5 km at the USA Swimming Open Water Junior National Championships.  

In another addition from last year, Olympic achievements were highlighted. USA Swimming member clubs with a 2020 Olympic Games-qualifying athlete automatically qualified for Gold status (subject to meeting the minimum eligibility requirements).  

Now in its 22nd year, this program recognizes USA Swimming member clubs for their commitment to athlete performance and excellence. The primary objectives of the program are to recognize and promote:  

  • The development of strong, well-rounded age group and senior swimming programs that produce elite 18 & under athletes;  
  • Resources to motivate and assist USA Swimming member clubs to achieve the highest athlete performance ideals;  
  • Grant funding; and  
  • The USA Swimming club development system as an integral part in achieving excellence in the sport.  

USA Swimming member clubs earn points based off athlete performance scores. 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. All program requirements, including time standards, can be viewed here.  

The following USA Swimming member clubs achieved the Gold Medal ranking for 2022. Fifteen different USA Swimming Local Swimming Committees (LSCs) are represented at the Gold Medal level.  

Rank  Club Name  LSC  Points 
TAC Titans  NC  69,591  
Nation's Capital Swim Club  PV  60,376  
SwimMAC Carolina  NC  56,233  
Dynamo Swim Club  GA  52,690  
Carmel Swim Club  IN  47,162  
Mission Viejo Nadadores   CA  46,396  
Sarasota Sharks  FL  45,915  
Sandpipers of Nevada  CA  40,156  
NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc.    VA  36,755  
10  Irvine Novaquatics  CA  34,805  
11  SwimAtlanta  GA  34,738  
12  Lakeside Swim Team   KY  33,463  
13  Bluefish Swim Club   NE  30,411  
14  Scottsdale Aquatic Club   AZ  27,991  
15  Long Island Aquatic Club   MR  27,844  
16  Elmbrook Swim Club   WI  27,239  
17  University of Denver Hilltoppers   CO  25,942  
18  Bolles School Sharks   FL  25,216  
19  Lakeside Aquatic Club   NT  24,564  
20  Club Wolverine  MI  23,430  
21  Arlington Aquatic Club   PV  10,264  

Click here to view the complete 2022 Club Excellence Program results.  

Arlington Aquatic Club (ranked 21st) reached a Gold Medal ranking for the first time, while an additional 20 USA Swimming member clubs achieved medal recognition for the first time. Silver medal clubs Mecklenburg Swim Association (ranked 43) and Tampa Elite Aquatics (ranked 80) led the charts in new recognition status. 

Out of the 201 clubs who earned Gold, Silver or Bronze recognition, Florida Swimming led all LSCs with 14 clubs recognized.  

In conjunction with the USA Swimming Club Excellence program, USA Swimming will honor 15 clubs as 2022 Podium Clubs. To qualify for Podium Club, a USA Swimming member club must achieve Gold Medal club status for four-consecutive years. Congratulations to the following clubs for being recognized this year as a Podium Club:  

  • Nation's Capital Swim Club
  • SwimMAC Carolina
  • Dynamo Swim Club
  • Carmel Swim Club
  • Sandpipers of Nevada
  • SwimAtlanta
  • Lakeside Swim Team
  • Long Island Aquatic Club
For more information about the Club Excellence program, please visit

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