With the summer long course season all but wrapped up in the U.S., USA Swimming offers a unique way to look back at the season across all clubs, states and age groups with the Virtual Club Championship. This season it was Nation’s Capital Swim Club that won the title.
The virtual club championship works like this: each club’s top two swimmers in every event and age from 11-17 earn points for their club. For example, the two fastest 11-year-old 50 freestylers from a given club earn Power Points for their races. Those points are added to the top two 11-year-old boys, the top two 12-year-old girls, so on and so on, with the team earning a combined total that ranks against all other USA Swimming clubs.
Though the season technically includes all long course swims from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014, the brunt of the long course swimming is done for the season, and it doesn’t appear that the order will be changing much over the next 6 days.
Nation’s Capital has been probably the most prolific club in the nation this season, and the numbers back that up. NCAP leads all teams with 275,987 points, over 18,000 more than the nearest competitor. Keep in mind that individual swims rank around 500 to 1000 points, with 700 being a very good swim and over 1000 being an unbelievable one. (Katie Ledecky‘s 1500 free world record from Pan Pacs is 1,138 Power Points).
NCAP has a giant roster of stars, from the Ledeckys, Andrew Seliskars, Carsten Visserings and Janet Hus of the older ages to swimmers like Matthew Hirschberger and Cassidy Bayer in the middle age groups down to Katie Mack and Brett Feyerick in the younger divisions.
The winners aren’t a huge surprise, and the rest of the top 3 probably won’t shock you either. North Carolina’s SwimMAC is number two, sitting at 257,712 points, while Georgia’s Dynamo Swim Club is third at 253,241. SwimMAC has become well-known for its professional group, but also features a strong lineup of age groupers like Kathleen Baker and Nora McCullagh, both 17. Dynamo has a number of high-profile junior athletes itself, including the Litherland triplets (Mick, Kevin and Jay), and Georgia commits Gunnar Bentz and Kylie Stewart.
Georgia swept spots 3 and 4, with SwimAtlanta hot on the heels of Dynamo for third. California and Virginia were the only other states with two clubs in the top 10.
The full top 10, as of August 25th:
1. Nation’s Capital, Virginia, 275,987
2. SwimMAC, North Carolina, 257,712
3. Dynamo, Georgia, 253,241
4. SwimAtlanta, Georgia, 252,357
5. Rockville Montgomery Maryland, 249,156
6. Palo Alto Stanford California, 247,820
7. Academy Bullets Illinois, 247,001
8. Irvine Novaquatics California 244,796
9. NOVA of Virginia, Virginia, 243,764
10. Scarlet Aquatics, New Jersey, 242,690