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.
||Sandpipers of Nevada
||Nation's Capital Swim Club
||Carmel Swim Club
||Bolles School Sharks
||NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc
||Dynamo Swim Club
||Elmbrook Swim Club
||Lakeside Aquatic Club
||Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA
||Lakeside Swim Team
||Aquajets Swim Team
||Long Island Aquatic Club
||Mason Manta Rays
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
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
For more information about the Club Excellence program, please visit https://www.usaswimming.org/coaches-leaders/team-leaders/programs-services#club-excellence