Editor's note: This article was edited on January 18, 2022 to reflect an updated podium club list.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —
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
(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.
||Nation's Capital Swim Club
||Dynamo Swim Club
||Carmel Swim Club
||Mission Viejo Nadadores
||Sandpipers of Nevada
||NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc.
||Lakeside Swim Team
||Bluefish Swim Club
||Scottsdale Aquatic Club
||Long Island Aquatic Club
||Elmbrook Swim Club
||University of Denver Hilltoppers
||Bolles School Sharks
||Lakeside Aquatic Club
||Arlington Aquatic Club
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
- Lakeside Swim Team
- Long Island Aquatic Club
For more information about the Club Excellence program, please visit https://www.usaswimming.org/coaches-leaders/team-leaders/programs-services#club-excellence