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Thursday, October 27, 2022

USA Swimming Recognizes 2022-2023 Club Excellence Recipients


USA Swimming today announced 200 clubs will be recognized as Gold, Silver or Bronze medal clubs in the 2022-2023 Club Excellence Program.  

Top-seated club, SwimMAC Carolina, posted 75,588 points to oust last year’s champion TAC Titans by 12,512 points. SwimMAC Carolina’s top performers include U.S. National Junior Team member Norvin Clontz and Baylor Nelson. The club’s top performing event was led by Clontz in the 400-meter freestyle, which earned 1,734 points. Nelson earned the second- and third-highest earning spots in the 200m (1,720 points) and 400m individual medley events (1,696 points).  

Sandpipers of Nevada (44,189), Nation’s Capital Swim Club (43,194) and Carmel Swim Club (41,539) round out the top-five finishers for 2023.  

The program recognizes USA Swimming’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes ages 18 years and younger on an annual basis.  

Eligible athlete pool performances were achieved between September 1, 2021, through August 31, 2022. Open water eligible performances were taken from the 5-kilometer and 10K swims at the 2022 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships as well as the 5K and 7.5K at the 2022 USA Swimming Open Water Junior National Championships.  

Now in its 23rd year, the program recognized 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-and-under athletes. 
  • Resources to motivate and assist USA Swimming member clubs to achieve the highest athlete performance ideals. 
  • Grant funding 
  • 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 2023. Fifteen different USA Swimming Local Swimming Committees (LSCs) are represented at the Gold Medal level.  

Rank  Club  LSC  Points 
1 SwimMAC Carolina  NC  75,588
TAC Titans  NC  63,076
Sandpipers of Nevada  CA  44,189
Nation's Capital Swim Club  PV  43,194
Carmel Swim Club  IN  41,539 
Bolles School Sharks  FL  38,906 
NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc 
VA  31,983
Dynamo Swim Club  GA  31,271
Elmbrook Swim Club   WI  30,273 
10  Lakeside Aquatic Club  NT 30,079 
11  Sarasota Sharks 
FL  28,997 
12  Irvine Novaquatics   CA  28,471 
13  Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA  VA  27,870 
14  Lakeside Swim Team
KY  26,512 
15  Aquajets Swim Team  MN  25,852 
16  Scarlet Aquatics  NJ  25,759 
17 Long Island Aquatic Club  MR  25,469 
18  SwimAtlanta  GA  25,296 
19  Mason Manta Rays OH  24,592
20 Jersey Wahoos MA  24,429 

Click here to view the completed 2023 Club Excellence Program results.  

Two clubs reached Gold Medal status for the first time. Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA ranked 14th with 27,860 points and Scarlet Aquatics ranked 17th with 25,759 points. There were 19 USA Swimming member clubs who reached Silver Medal status for the first time and 32 who were inducted into the program for the first time in their club history.  

Out of the 200 USA Swimming member clubs who earned Gold, Silver or Bronze recognition, Florida Swimming led all LSCs with 12 clubs recognized. California, Pacific and Illinois LSCs tied for second most with 10 clubs.  

In conjunction with the USA Swimming Club Excellence program, USA Swimming will honor 10 clubs as 2023 Podium Clubs. This includes first time Podium Club team TAC Titans. 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:  

  • SwimMAC Carolina 
  • TAC Titans 
  • Sandpipers of Nevada 
  • Nation’s Capital Swim Club 
  • Carmel Swim Club 
  • Dynamo Swim Club 
  • NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc. 
  • Lakeside Swim Team 
  • Long Island Aquatic Club 
  • SwimAtlanta 

For more information about the Club Excellence program, please visit

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