Nation’s Capital Swim Club Tops USA Swimming Club Excellence Ranks for 6th Straight Year

NCAP leads the USA Swimming Club Excellence rankings for the sixth consecutive year. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

2020 Club Excellence Results (Nation’s Capital Swim Club)

Washington, D.C.-area’s Nation’s Capital Swim Club has claimed the No. 1 spot once again in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program for the sixth consecutive year. On an annual basis, the Club Excellence program recognizes USA Swimming’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes ages 18 years and younger.

Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP), posted 81,529 points to outdistance runner-up SwimMAC Carolina by 18,271 points. NCAP’s top junior performers include National Team member Phoebe Bacon, as well as National Junior Team members Paige McKenna, Chase Travis and Claire Nguyen.

Sandpipers of Nevada, Mason Manta Rays and Dynamo Swim Club round out the top five for 2020.

“USA Swimming is fortunate to have dedicated athletes and coaches doing incredible work in pools across the country. The clubs who have earned Gold, Silver or Bronze honors are building future champions who will continue our success at the international level,” said USA Swimming Managing Director of Sport Development Joel Shinofield. “We are excited and honored to again distribute $400,000 in grants to the top 100-ranked clubs in 2020.”

Now in its 20th year, the Club Excellence program identifies clubs that execute strong, well-rounded programs to produce elite 18-and-under athletes. The top-20 clubs earn Gold level ranking and those rated 21-100 are designated as Silver honorees. The next 100 clubs are recognized at the Bronze level.

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. Starting with the 2018 Club Excellence rankings, Gold swims were multiplied by a factor of 2.0; points for Silver-level swims were increased by a factor of 1.5. Open water swimmers are eligible to score points based on their finishes at the 2019 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships and Junior National Championships.

The following clubs achieved the Gold Medal ranking for 2020. Sixteen different USA Swimming Local Swimming Committees (LSC) are represented at the Gold Medal level.

Rank  Club Name LSC FINA Points
1 Nation’s Capital Swim Club PV 81529
2 SwimMAC Carolina NC 63258
3 Sandpipers of Nevada CA 53427
4 Mason Manta Rays OH 52621
5 Dynamo Swim Club GA 40554
6 SwimAtlanta GA 40197
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
12 TAC Titans NC 25081
13 Pleasanton Seahawks PC 24483
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

Click here to view the complete 2020 Club Excellence Program results.

TAC Titans and Chelsea Piers Aquatics Club achieved a Gold Medal ranking for the first time. Since the inception of this program, 86 different clubs have earned Gold Medal ranking at least once.

Out of the 200 clubs recognized as Gold, Silver and Bronze programs, Illinois Swimming led all LSCs with 13 clubs recognized, followed by Southern California Swimming with nine clubs.

In addition to recognizing high-performing teams, the program provides grant funding that enables clubs to expand and enhance the services already provided to athletes. A total of $400,000 in grants will be distributed to the 100 Gold- and Silver-level clubs.

In conjunction with the USA Swimming Club Excellence program, USA Swimming will honor five clubs as a 2020 Podium Club. Each team achieving a Gold Medal ranking for four consecutive years will be named to the Podium Club. In addition to earning Gold grant dollars, Podium Club members will receive a financial bonus from a pool of dollars to be divided equally among the number of teams in the Podium Club each year.

Congratulations to the following five clubs recognized as a Podium Club for 2020:

  • Nation’s Capital Swim Club
  • Sandpipers of Nevada
  • Carmel Swim Club
  • Pleasanton Seahawks
  • Marlins of Raleigh

For more information about the Club Excellence program visit

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