The TAC Titans have earned the #1 spot in USA Swimming’s annual Club Excellence Program rankings, marking the first time in eight years the top spot didn’t go to Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP).
USA Swimming announced Monday 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.”
This was the first year that open water performances were factored into the rankings, and another change was that any USA Swimming member clubs with a 2020 Olympic qualifying athlete automatically qualified for Gold status (provided they met minimum eligibility requirements).
The TAC Titans totalled 69,591 points, taking out seven-year defending champion NCAP (60,376) by 9,215 points.
SwimMAC Carolina, Dynamo Swim Club and Carmel Swim Club round out the top five for 2022.
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.
The primary objectives of the program are as follows, courtesy of USA Swimming:
- 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; and
- The USA Swimming club development system as an integral part in achieving excellence in the sport.
2022 USA Swimming Gold Medal Clubs
|2||Nation’s Capital Swim Club||PV||60,376|
|4||Dynamo Swim Club||GA||52,690|
|5||Carmel Swim Club||IN||47,162|
|6||Mission Viejo Nadadores||CA||46,396|
|8||Sandpipers of Nevada||CA||40,156|
|9||NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc.||VA||36,755|
|12||Lakeside Swim Team||KY||33,463|
|13||Bluefish Swim Club||NE||30,411|
|14||Scottsdale Aquatic Club||AZ||27,991|
|15||Long Island Aquatic Club||MR||27,844|
|16||Elmbrook Swim Club||WI||27,239|
|17||University of Denver Hilltoppers||CO||25,942|
|18||Bolles School Sharks||FL||25,216|
|19||Lakeside Aquatic Club||NT||24,564|
|21||Arlington Aquatic Club||PV||10,264|
Click here to view the complete 2022 Club Excellence Program results.
Arlington Aquatic Club was the lone club to reach the Gold Medal ranking for the first time, with a total of 20 clubs achieving their first medal recognition.
Florida Swimming led all LSCs with 14 clubs recognized.
In addition to the Club Excellence Program, USA Swimming will also honor 15 clubs as 2022 Podium Clubs. A team earns Podium Club status by earning the Gold Medal ranking for four straight years. They are as follows:
2022 Podium Clubs
- TAC Titans
- Nation’s Capital Swim Club
- SwimMAC Carolina
- Dynamo Swim Club
- Carmel Swim Club
- Mission Viejo Nadadores
- Sarasota Sharks
- Sandpipers of Nevada
- NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc.
- Irvine Novaquatics
- Lakeside Swim Team
- Bluefish Swim Club
- Long Island Aquatic Club
- Elmbrook Swim Club