COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, December 20. SWIMMAC Carolina is the decisive team champion in the 2012 Club Excellence rankings. Scoring 59,856 points, Coach David Marsh's club took top honors for the first time. The Dynamo Swim Club finished in 2nd place with 50,882 points followed by the Mission Viejo Nadadores in 3rd position with 47,588.
The following clubs achieved the coveted Gold Medal level for 2012:
1. SwimMAC Carolina, 59,856
2. Dynamo Swim Club, 50,882
3. Mission Viejo Nadadores, 47,588
4. Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, 46,072
5. North Baltimore Aquatic Club, 44,005
6. Swim Atlanta, 38,388
7. Sarasota YMCA Sharks, 33,104
8. First Colony Swim Team, 32,765
9. Bolles School Sharks, 32,554
10. Lakeside Swim Team, 31,970
11. Curl Burke Swim Club, 31,928
12. Germantown Academy A.C., 31,508
13. Carmel Swim Club, 29,897
14. Y Spartaquatics Swim Club, 29,141
15. North Coast Aquatics, 28,856
16. Rockville-Montgomery S.C., 25,951
17. NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, 24,383
18. Nashville Aquatic Club, 23,808
19. Santa Clara Swim Club, 22,874
20. Crimson Aquatics, 22,462
Three clubs have achieved the Gold Medal level for the first time this year: First Colony Swim Team, Y Spartaquatics Swim Club and Crimson Aquatics. Of the 306 teams that submitted applications for this year's program, a record 88 clubs achieved the criteria for Gold Medal eligibility.
There were several key changes to this year's program. The most notable being:
Only 18 & Under athletes are eligible to participate
The number of Gold Medal teams has increased from 16 to 20 teams
Scoring was added in the Women's 1500 Free and the Men's 800 Free
Scoring was added for participants in USA Swimming's Open Water Nationals, and
The dates for eligible performances are based on the 2010-2011 swim year, not the calendar year as in the past.
Clubs have been selected as Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal clubs according to the following parameters:
Gold Level: The top 20 point-scoring clubs eligible for the Gold level.
Silver Level: The remaining clubs ranked through #100 and not achieving Gold status.
Bronze Level: Clubs ranked #101 through #200 and not achieving Gold or Silver status.
The program recognizes USA Swimming clubs for their commitment to excellence in performance. In addition to recognizing the top club teams, the program provides grant funding for resources that enable clubs to expand and/or enhance the services they already provide to athletes. A total of $330,000 in grant dollars will be distributed to the 100 Gold and Silver-level clubs. Final grant awards will be announced by April 20.
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