USA Swimming Club Excellence- 2019

By Reach for the Wall staff.

Note:
USA Swimming made an error when they first published the list, erroneously calculating RMSC’s Level and points. They have since updated to reflect that RMSC achieved Silver Medal Level with 14,418 points

USA Swimming, the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming, announced that Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP) has earned the top position in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program for 2019.  This is the 5th consecutive title that NCAP has won under this program, which recognizes USA Swimming’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger.   NCAP finished over 13,000 points clear of second-place finisher, SwimMAC Carolina (NC) .

Below are all of the PVS teams that USA Swimming recognized under the Club Excellence Program in 2019:

Gold Medal Level (20 Clubs)

  • Nation’s Capital Swim Club ( 72,975 points)

Silver Medal Level (80 Clubs)

  • Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club (14,418 points)*
  • Machine Aquatics (7,475 points)

Bronze Medal Level (100 Clubs)

  • The FISH (5,660)
  • Arlington Aquatic Club (4,760)
  • Occoquan Swimming (3,113)

Podium Club

NCAP also was one of three clubs to receive the 2019 Podium Club honor, which is awarded for achieving a Gold Medal ranking for four consecutive years. In addition to earning Gold grant dollars, Podium Club members also receive a financial bonus from a pool of dollars to be divided equally among the number of teams in the Podium Club each year.

Background

USA Swimming established the Club Excellence Program to recognize up to 200 outstanding clubs for their commitment to performance excellence.   The Program is voluntary, and clubs seeking recognition under the program must submit an application to USA Swimming that shows that the club has:

  • Attained at least Level 1 of the USAS Club Recognition Program;
    18 & Under athletes who competed in the 2018 USA Swimming 5K and 10K Open Water National Championships and the 5K and 7.5K Open Water Junior National Championships and
  • Athletes who achieve a:
    • Bronze Time Standard, equal to the 2018 LCM Speedo Junior National Championships;
      • Any 18-Under athlete who competes in the 2018 USA-S 5K Open Water National Championship finishing: Top 5 for Women & Men
      • Any 18-Under athlete who competes in the 2018 USA-S 5K Open Water Junior National Championship finishing: Top 5 for Women & Men (score 710 points toward their team’s performance scoring).
    • Silver Time Standard, equal to the 2018 LCM Phillips 66 National Championships ;
      • Any 18-Under athlete who competes in the 2018 USA-S 10K Open Water National Championship finishing (counting no foreign athletes): 11-15th place for Women & Men
      • Any 18-Under athlete who competes in the 2018 USA-S 7.5K Open Water Junior National Championship finishing: Top 6 for Women & Men (score 760 points toward their team’s performance scoring). or
    • Gold standard, equal to the 150th ranked female swimmer in the world from the prior year and the 200th ranked male swimmer in the world from the prior year.
      • Any 18-Under athlete who competes in the 2018 USA-S 10K Open Water National Championship finishing (counting no foreign athletes): Top 10 for Women & Men (score 800 points toward their team’s performance scoring).

Every club that submits an application will be ranked based on the amount of points that its athletes scored under the FINA Points Table, a power point rating system that assigns point values to swimming performances.

Clubs may qualify for one of four levels of recognition:

  • Gold: The top 20 highest ranked (point scoring) clubs. At least one 18 & under athlete from the club must achieve a Gold time standard.
  • Silver: The top 100 highest ranked clubs (excluding Gold status clubs).  At least one 18 & under athlete must achieve the Silver time standard.
  • Bronze: The top 200 highest ranked clubs (excluding Gold and Silver status clubs).  At least one 18 & Under athlete must achieve the Bronze time standard.
  • Podium Club: Any club achieving the Gold Medal level for 4 consecutive years qualify for the Podium Club.

Upon recognition as a Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal Club, recipients enjoy the following benefits:

  • A 2017 4 ‘x 6’ banner recognizing their level of achievement;
  • The right to use the 2017 Club Excellence Program logo on the club website and in advertising/promotional materials through December 31 of 2017;
  • The club’s level of achievement is displayed on the USA Swimming website in the club search section; and
  • Gold and Silver level clubs are eligible to apply for grant funding (from a total pot of $450,000)

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