SwimMAC Carolina Tops USA Swimming’s 2022-2023 Club Excellence Rankings

SwimMAC Carolina has taken over the number one spot in USA Swimming’s 2022-2023 Club Excellence Rankings, surpassing last year’s top club, the TAC Titans.

USA Swimming announced Thursday the 200 clubs that will be recognized as Gold, Silver or Bronze medal clubs in the program, which “recognizes the organization’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes ages 18 years and younger on an annual basis.”

SwimMAC, which ranked third last year behind the Titans and Nation’s Capital, claims the top spot with 75,588 points, well clear of the TAC Titans (63,076).

Leading the way for SwimMAC was 2021 U.S. Open champion and top-ranked recruit Baylor Nelson, along with fellow Junior National team member Norvin Clontz. Clontz had the highest-scoring swim for the club with his 3:50.82 performance in the 400 free (1,734 points).

Other top age group swimmers that contributed to SwimMAC’s number one ranking include Junior Pan Pac team members Ben Delmar and Matthew Lucky.

The Sandpipers of Nevada rank third with 44,189 points, while Nation’s Capital Swim Club, which had an eight-year run as the top team in the nation before dropping to second last year, was fourth (43,194). Rounding out the top five was Carmel Swim Club (41,539).

The Point System Explained

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.

-USA Swimming

The primary objectives of the program are as follows:

  • The development of strong, well-rounded age group and senior swimming programs that produce elite 18 & 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

2022 USA SWIMMING GOLD MEDAL CLUBS

Rank  Club  LSC  Points 
1 SwimMAC Carolina NC 75,588
2 TAC Titans NC 63,076
3 Sandpipers of Nevada CA 44,189
4 Nation’s Capital Swim Club PV 43,194
5 Carmel Swim Club IN 41,539
6 Bolles School Sharks FL 38,906
7 NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc VA 31,983
8 Dynamo Swim Club GA 31,271
9 Elmbrook Swim Club WI 30,273
10 Lakeside Aquatic Club NT 30,079
11 Sarasota Sharks FL 28,997
12 Irvine Novaquatics CA 28,471
13 Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA VA 27,870
14 Lakeside Swim Team KY 26,512
15 Aquajets Swim Team MN 25,852
16 Scarlet Aquatics NJ 25,759
17 Long Island Aquatic Club MR 25,469
18 SwimAtlanta GA 25,296
19 Mason Manta Rays OH 24,592
20 Jersey Wahoos MA 24,429

Click here to view the complete 2023 Club Excellence Program results.

Two clubs reached Gold Medal status for the first time.

Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA ranks 14th with 27,860 points, and Scarlet Aquatics sits 16th with 25,759 points. Last year, both clubs earned Silver Medal status.

Junior Pan Pac champion Thomas Heilman was a standout for Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA last season, while U.S. Junior gold medalist Chloe Kim was among the top performers for Scarlet Aquatics.

A total of 19 clubs reached Silver Medal status for the first time, and 32 total teams were inducted into the program for the first time in club history.

Florida Swimming was once again the leading Local Swimming Committee (LSC) with 12 clubs recognized, having also had the most last year with 14.

USA Swimming also honored 10 clubs as 2023 Podium Clubs, earned by obtaining Gold Medal Status for four straight years. Among the 10 clubs, the TAC Titans earned Podium Club status for the first time.

2023 PODIUM CLUBS

  • 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
  • SwimAtlanta

You can find the Silver and Bronze medal clubs below:

2023 SILVER MEDAL CLUBS

Club Season Points
 CLUB WOLVERINE (MI)  24,214
 LONGHORN AQUATICS (ST)  23,265
 ROSE BOWL AQUATICS (CA)  23,217
 COR SWIMMING (NT)  23,178
 NITRO SWIMMING (ST)  22,137
 MISSION VIEJO NADADORES (CA)  20,141
 ALAMO AREA AQUATIC ASSOCIATION (ST)  19,559
 TIDE SWIMMING (VA)  18,457
 GERMANTOWN ACADEMY AQUATIC CLUB (MA)  18,369
 PALO ALTO STANFORD AQUATICS (PC)  18,291
 COMMONWEALTH SWIMMING (NE)  18,273
 SUBURBAN SEAHAWKS CLUB (MA)  17,391
 GREATER SOMERSET COUNTY YMCA STORM (NJ)  17,168
 FISHERS AREA SWIMMING TIGERS (IN)  16,767
 BADGER SWIM CLUB, INC. (MR)  16,219
 ARLINGTON AQUATIC CLUB (PV)  15,760
 ROCKVILLE MONTGOMERY SWIM CLUB (PV)  15,141
 BLUEFISH SWIM CLUB (NE)  15,036
 METROPLEX AQUATICS (NT)  14,958
 BELLEVUE CLUB SWIM TEAM (PN)  14,506
 UNIV. OF DENVER HILLTOPPERS (CO)  14,429
 KENTUCKY AQUATICS (KY)  14,136
 NEW ALBANY AQUATIC CLUB (OH)  13,888
 EVOLUTION RACING CLUB (CA)  13,594
 CHELSEA PIERS AQUATIC CLUB (CT)  13,408
 EAGLE AQUATICS (FG)  13,024
 CROW CANYON COUNTRY CLUB SHARKS (PC)  12,903
 CHATTAHOOCHEE GOLD SWIM CLUB (GA)  12,001
 COAST GUARD BLUE DOLPHINS (VA)  11,945
 NASA WILDCAT AQUATICS (IL)  11,406
 GOLD MEDAL SWIM CLUB (AZ)  11,400
 NORTH BALTIMORE AQUATIC CLUB (MD)  11,295
 EMPIRE KC SWIM CLUB (MV)  11,237
 ACADEMY BULLETS SWIM CLUB (IL)  10,944
 DART SWIMMING (SN)  10,611
 DUBLIN COMMUNITY SWIM TEAM (OH)  10,518
 NORTH TEXAS NADADORES (NT)  10,482
 SIERRA MARLINS SWIM TEAM (SN)  10,290
 TAMPA BAY AQUATIC CLUB (FL)  10,107
 SEATTLE METROPOLITAN AQUATIC CLUB (PN)  10,096
TSUNAMI SWIM TEAM OF K.C. (MV)  9,737
 MANSFIELD AQUATIC CLUB (NT)  9,709
 PIKES PEAK ATHLETICS (CO)  9,564
 FOOTHILLS SWIM TEAM (CO)  9,543
 TUALATIN HILLS SWIM CLUB (OR)  9,446
 ZIONSVILLE SWIM CLUB (IN)  9,387
 SWIM NEPTUNE (AZ)  9,323
 TEAM GREENVILLE (SC)  9,172
 LAKE OSWEGO SWIM CLUB (OR)  9,136
 NORTH CAROLINA AQUATIC CLUB (NC)  9,025
 TEXAS FORD AQUATICS (NT)  8,993
 PATRIOT AQUATIC CLUB (IL)  8,884
 CYPRESS FAIRBANKS SWIM CLUB (GU)  8,875
 IRISH AQUATICS (IN)  8,722
 BAYLOR SWIM CLUB (SE)  8,687
 FORT COLLINS AREA SWIM TEAM (CO)  8,663
 SOCAL AQUATICS ASSOCIATION (CA)  8,482
 NORTH BAY AQUATICS (PC)  8,254
 LOVELAND SWIM CLUB (CO)  8,188
 OLYMPUS AQUATICS (UT)  8,020
 INSPIRE SWIM TEAM (MW)  7,942
 LA MIRADA ARMADA (CA)  7,877
 KING AQUATIC CLUB (PN)  7,785
 FOX VALLEY PARK DISTRICT RIPTIDES (IL)  7,694
 Y-SPARTAQUATICS SWIM CLUB (SC)  7,663
 FLOOD AQUATICS SWIM TEAM (FG)  7,355
 EAST CAROLINA AQUATICS (NC)  7,185
 EDINA SWIM CLUB (MN)  7,080
 NEW WAVE SWIM TEAM (NC)  7,021
 CHICAGO WOLFPACK AQUATIC CLUB (IL)  6,969
 MID WISCONSIN WAVE MAKERS (WI)  6,902
 SCHROEDER YMCA SWIM TEAM (WI)  6,892
 SPARTAN AQUATIC CLUB (GA)  6,861
 YMCA OF CUMBERLAND (MD)  6,838
 PASEO AQUATICS SWIM TEAM (CA)  6,714
 INDIANA SWIM CLUB (IN)  6,639
 AMES CYCLONE AQUATICS CLUB (IA)  6,501
 LIVERMORE AQUA COWBOYS (PC)  6,396
 WESTERN YMCA WAHOOS (MA)  6,380
 LAKE COUNTRY SWIM TEAM  6,328

2023 BRONZE MEDAL CLUBS

Club  Season Points
 BLUE TIDE AQUATICS (GU)  7,773
 SCOTTSDALE AQUATIC CLUB (AZ)  7,771
 ELEVATION ATHLETICS (CO)  7,152
 CORONADO SWIM ASSOCIATION TEAM ELITE (SI)  7,152
 GATOR SWIM CLUB (FL)  6,574
 WALNUT CREEK AQUABEARS (PC)  6,515
 POSEIDON SWIMMING INC (VA)  6,433
 SANTA CLARA SWIM CLUB (PC)  6,363
 BARRINGTON SWIM CLUB (IL)  6,297
 HIGHLANDER AQUATIC CLUB (FL)  6,290
 OLY SWIMMING (MI)  6,246
 PHOENIX SWIMMING (NE)  6,218
 MARLINS OF RALEIGH (NC)  6,165
 PINE CREST SWIMMING (FG)  6,094
 STREAMLINE AQUATICS (ST)  6,063
 AREA TALLAHASSEE AQUATIC CLUB (FL)  6,009
 SPRINGFIELD AQUATICS (AR)  6,002
 PHOENIX SWIM CLUB (AZ)  5,989
 NAVAL ACADEMY AQUATIC CLUB (MD)  5,815
 LAKER SWIM (FL)  5,814
 DAYTON RAIDERS (OH)  5,772
 FAST SWIM TEAM (CA)  5,751
 ROCKET SWIMMING (FL)  5,743
 UPPER MAIN LINE YMCA (MA)  5,740
 SPOKANE WAVES AQUATIC TEAM (IE)  5,732
 RIPTIDE (MN)  5,728
 WESTERVILLE AQUATIC CLUB (OH)  5,717
 RAZORBACK AQUATIC CLUB AQUAHAWGS (AR)  5,700
 ENSWORTH AQUATICS (SE)  5,700
 PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH AQUATICS (MA)  5,682
 SOUTHWEST STARS SWIM CLUB (FL)  5,648
 HUDSON EXPLORER AQUATIC (LE)  5,624
 RACER X AQUATICS (AM)  5,584
 YORK YMCA (MA)  5,582
 DADS CLUB SWIM TEAM (GU)  5,577
 GEORGIA COASTAL AQUATIC TEAM (GA)  5,461
 BLUE DOLFINS (FL)  5,445
 MECKLENBURG SWIM ASSOCIATION (NC)  5,323
 LAKELAND HILLS YMCA (NJ)  5,307
 JERSEY FLYERS AQUATIC CLUB (NJ)  5,233
 TNT SWIMMING (SE)  5,192
 HIGHLANDS RANCH AQUATICS (CO)  5,069
 FIRST COLONY SWIM TEAM, INC. (GU)  5,011
 PHOENIXVILLE YMCA (MA)  4,972
 M.E. LYONS/ANDERSON BARRACUDAS (OH)  4,951
 QUICKSILVER SWIMMING (PC)  4,928
 FMC AQUATIC (IL)  4,927
 SWIM STREAMLINE AT NORTHAMPTON (GU)  4,911
 TEAM REBEL AQUATICS (CA)  4,903
 HINSDALE SWIM CLUB (IL)  4,824
 FLATIRON ATHLETIC CLUB (CO)  4,780
 GREATER OMAHA AQUATICS LEOPARDSHARKS (MW)  4,754
 CLOVIS SWIM CLUB (CC)  4,726
 TREASURE COAST AQUATICS (FL)  4,722
 GATOR SWIM CLUB (NE)  4,660
 RALEIGH SWIMMING ASSOCIATION (NC)  4,649
 GREATER TOLEDO AQUATIC CLUB (OH)  4,591
 BULLDOG SWIMMING (CT)  4,365
 ST. CHARLES SWIM TEAM (IL)  4,359
 SOLO AQUATICS (NE)  4,336
 CARDINAL AQUATICS (KY)  4,280
 ORINDA AQUATICS (PC)  4,271
 SOUTH METRO STORM (MN)  4,187
 GLENBROOK SWIM CLUB (IL)  4,175
 NEW CANAAN YMCA CAIMANS (CT)  4,150
 LYNCHBURG YMCA SWIM TEAM (VA)  4,091
 OZAUKEE AQUATICS (WI)  4,069
 VIRGINIA GATORS (VA)  4,068
 TEAM SUFFOLK (MR)  4,028
 FANWOOD-SCOTCH PLAINS YMCA (NJ)  4,020
 SARASOTA TSUNAMI SWIM TEAM (FL)  3,963
 BLAIR REGIONAL YMCA (AM)  3,928
 MAGNOLIA AQUATIC CLUB (GU)  3,772
 BEND SWIM CLUB (OR)  3,731
 MEMPHIS THUNDER AQUATIC CLUB (SE)  3,676
 GWINNETT AQUATICS (GA)  3,634
 WOLVERINE AQUATICS (SN)  3,626
 MACHINE AQUATICS (PV)  3,620
 WAUKESHA EXPRESS SWIM TEAM (WI)  3,619
 OLD DOMINION AQUATIC CLUB (VA)  3,604
 UTICA SHELBY SWIM CLUB (MI)  3,577
 WATERLOO SWIMMING (ST)  3,572
 SEWARD TSUNAMI SWIM CLUB (AK)  3,542
 DE ANZA CUPERTINO AQUATICS (PC)  3,542
 BIRMINGHAM ‘Y’ BLUE DOLPHINS (MI)  3,539
 GREENWICH YMCA DOLPHINS SWM TM (CT)  3,515
 HUNTSVILLE SWIM ASSOCIATION (SE)  3,513
 QUEST SWIMMING (VA)  3,509
 IOWA FLYERS SWIM CLUB (IA)  3,504
 WICHITA SWIM CLUB (MV)  3,492
 NASHVILLE AQUATIC CLUB (SE)  3,479
 EAGLE SWIM TEAM INC. (MD)  3,446
 HURRICANES SWIM TEAM (MN)  3,416
 LANDER SWIM CLUB (WY)  3,405
 STAR SWIMMING (NI)  3,365
 ROCKWOOD SWIM CLUB (OZ)  3,343
 FOXJETS SWIM TEAM (MN)  3,341
 RICE AQUATICS (GU)  3,326
 PATRIOT SWIM TEAM (MR)  3,290
 TREASURE COAST SWIMMING CONQUISTADORES (FL)  3,138

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Mike Jones
2 months ago

Man How did Annapolis swim Club not make it in? They had 1 silver 1 bronze qualifier and were top 200

Alum Macdaddy
2 months ago

Congratulations to the MAC swimmers and coaches. I am sure there has been quite a bit of work and dedication involved in getting back to calmer water. All of you deserve the accolades!

Snarky
2 months ago

Hey SwimSwam. Can you breakdown the club excellence team by club size? Seems like most of the Gold clubs are mega teams with 500-1000+ members. Not so hard to bang put points when your senior swimmers number over 100. Why doesn’t USAS recognize smaller teams who consistently put out top swimmers and only have 100-150 swimmers. Seems like this program (which is great in principle) favors megateams.

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Reply to  Snarky
2 months ago

I wish we could, unfortunately there’s not good information about club sizes available.

It does favor megateams. Which isn’t a terrible thing, right? Huge teams, on paper, mean great and professional management. I know in practice it doesn’t, but that’s not a bad theory. It takes a lot more managerial excellence to run a club with 12 sites and 2,500 swimmers than to run a club with 50 swimmers in one pool.

I think there’s another program that scales for size, isn’t there? If not, there should be.

Dan
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Pretty sure Leah Hayes got a Silver Medal for her team all by herself. Not Gold, but this program doesn’t completely rule out small teams succeeding. Silver Medal teams get funding and there are a bunch of mid sized and small teams on that list.

PKwater
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

This program is rewarding “The development of strong, well-rounded age group and senior swimming programs that produce elite 18 & under athletes;” taken from USA swimming

It does so by rewarding the fastest kids in club swimming. I think it would be pretty close to impossible to reward based on who “developed” the swimmers. It’s sort of the same reason why college coaches get selected to be national team coaches over club coaches. It’s hard to discern who should get credit but whoever helps take the final step usually gets rewarded.

I also think it would be hard to differentiate by club size but if you have a club of 100 and send 10 kids to Winter Juniors,… Read more »

VFL
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

I’d also be very curious about the sizes of these clubs. Do teams really have 2500 swimmers? Maybe you guys do a series spotlighting the top 10-12 club teams…size, staffing, history, philosophies, etc. I think that would be pretty interesting.

Carmel mom
2 months ago

Congratulations to all recognized clubs and special shout out to Carmel Swim Club and Coach Plumb! Well deserved!

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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