Curl Burke Swim Club Announces “NCAP” As New Name

  22 Jenny Wilson | September 18th, 2012 | Club, National, News

Curl Burke Swim Club announced Wednesday that they are now the Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP). After head coach Rick Curl stepped down last month amidst sexual abuse allegations, the club moved quickly to distance itself from Curl and his name.

Thomas E. Ugast is the new owner. He has worked with the club for 6 years as chief operating officer, and took over as CEO in late July. “The last couple of months have been a challenging time for our Club, coaches, swimmers, and facility partners,” he said. “Our new name and ownership build on the many changes we’ve already made that reflect our uncompromising commitment to the safety of our swimmers, while preserving the talents and strengths that have made our club one of the country’s most successful for years.”

Pete Morgan, who coached Ed Moses to a gold medal and world record, will continue the head coaching duties he assumed in July. Along with the new name, the club has introduced a new logo to further establish its new identity, which has been recognized and approved by USA Swimming.

NCAP has over 2,000 swimmers spread across 15 facilities and led by a coaching staff that totals 85 (and includes Tim Kelly, who in this author’s opinion is the best club coach in the country). The club is coming off of one of its most successful seasons in several years, highlighted by Katie Ledecky’s gold medal and American Record performance in London.

Ugast commented on the “support, counsel, and understanding” from within the club community during a difficult time and said that the “Club remained strong primarily because of the talents and dedication of our coaches and the trust they have earned from their swimmers and families.”

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Disclaimer: The author of this article was a long time member of NCAP, formerly known as Curl Burke Swim Club

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Very disappointing in what happened. It touched many families in our area because Curl Burke was, and is such a close community environment. I remember not only swimming there five times a week at 5 in the morning, but also all the fun we had at practices, swim meets and after swim meet parties. I was very shocked to hear what had happened. But I am very impressed with how fast everything was dealt with. A whole entire club and 2,000 of it’s talented swimmers should not be in any way affected by Curls poor decisions. So by changing the name to “NCAP” they are starting a new chapter in the clubs being and also a way for people to… Read more »

I hear rumors of some more coaching changes down there. Any truth to those that anybody can verify?

Most of the meets for pvs are way closer to loudon/pwc than than the Virginia lsc meets are, so don’t make it sound like some kind of conspiracy. Being a swim family is hard enough as it is, driving 3 hours down to ft. Belvoir for an open meet doesn’t exactly fit every family’s schedule. Also, 1000s of swimmers in loudon and pwc? Seems like you’re reaching there… Nowhere near half of NCAP swimmers live that far out

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SNOW, OCCS, BWST, NCAP(CUBU WEST) are all training in Loudoun and Prince William county. Between these 4 clubs there are at least 1500-2000 swimmers that should be registered in the VA LSC.