USA Swimming has announced the results of the 2020 Club Excellence Rankings, and the Nation’s Capital Swim Club has claimed the #1 ranking for the 6th-straight year.
NCAP, the biggest club in the country, earned 81,529 points to easily outpace runner-up SwimMAC Carolina. In fact, NCAP outscored their own total from last year by more than 8,000 points. NCAP is home to USA Swimming National Team member Phoebe Bacon as well as National Junior Team members Paige McKenna, Chase Travis, and Claire Nguyen. World Record holder Katie Ledecky also represents NCAP, her childhood club, at most domestic competitions, although she now trains across the country at Stanford. Only 18 & under athletes are included in club excellence rankings, however.
In total, 20 clubs earned Gold Medal status for 2020. That includes the TAC Titans in North Carolina and Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club in Connecticut, which both earned their first Gold Medal recognition. They became the 85th and 86th different clubs to earn the honor since the program’s exception.
Other teams that were not gold medal clubs last season, but have moved in to the top 20 include Sierra Marlins Swim Team, Nova of Virginia, Bluefish Swim Club, Northern Kentucky Clippers, Badger Swim Club, and Mission Viejo Nadadores.
Illinois swimming had 13 clubs recognized at the gold, silver, and bronze levels to lead all LSCs, while Southern California Swimming had 9 recognized clubs among 200.
100 Gold and Silver Medal clubs receive grant funding that adds up to $400,000. Further, 5 clubs will receive an additional financial bonus as members of the Podium Club – meaning that they have earned Gold Medal status for 4 consecutive years.
2020 Podium Club:
- Nation’s Capital Swim Club
- Sandpipers of Nevada
- Carmel Swim Club
- Pleasanton Seahawks
- Marlins of Raleigh
In addition to grant funding, clubs are able to display logos on team banners and team websites promoting their status.
In the Club Excellence program, all 18 & under members of a club (who are also USA Swimming members and US citizens) are given points for each of their best times throughout the season. Athletes are given “power points” for their times, with bonus multipliers when an athlete achieves a silver or gold time standard. Only long course meters times are accepted.
Points for Gold swims will be multiplied by a factor of 2.0; points for Silver level swims will be increased by a factor of 1.5. The bronze time standard is equal to the 2019 LCM Junior Nationals standards; the silver standard is equal to the 2019 US Nationals standards; and the gold standard is equal to the 150th ranked time in the world from the prior year (women) or 200th ranked time in the world from the prior year (men).
Collegiate athletes are not eligible for scoring in this program, and the rankings are not controlled for club size. Open water swims from the Open Water National Championship meet are included.
2020 Gold Medal Clubs
|Rank||Club Name||LSC||FINA Points|
|1||Nation’s Capital Swim Club||PV||81529|
|3||Sandpipers of Nevada||CA||53427|
|4||Mason Manta Rays||OH||52621|
|5||Dynamo Swim Club||GA||40554|
|7||Carmel Swim Club||IN||36221|
|8||NOVA of Virginia Aquatics||VA||32627|
|9||Long Island Aquatic Club||MR||30866|
|10||Lakeside Swim Team||KY||26339|
|11||Bluefish Swim Club||NE||25645|
|14||Northern KY Clippers Swimming||OH||24101|
|15||Nashville Aquatic Club||SE||23103|
|16||Badger Swim Club||MR||21997|
|17||Marlins of Raleigh||NC||21193|
|18||Sierra Marlins Swim Team||SN||21003|
|19||Chelsea Piers Aquatics Club||CT||20854|
|20||Mission Viejo Nadadores||CA||20690|