Club Excellence Spotlight: Carmel Swim Club
Carmel, Ind., has been a hotbed for producing great swimmers for many years, and Carmel Swim Club, a silver medal club in the 2014 Club Excellence program, made a name for itself once again this summer. The Carmel Swim Club girls captured the team title at the recent Speedo Junior National Championships, with three swimmers earning spots on USA Swimming’s National Junior Team.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Y-Spartaquatics
For more than a decade, head coach Peter Wright built the Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club into one of the best teams in South Carolina. Wright has since moved on, but he’s left the club in great hands with interim head coach Ted Pierson and an experienced group of assistants.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Aquajets Swim Team
In such an individual sport as swimming, the importance of teamwork can sometimes be lost. Not at the Aquajets Swim Team in Minnesota. They have made “the power of the team” their main motto and goal.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Tualatin Hills Swim Club
Tualatin Hills Swim Clubrecently won the combined team title at the Speedo Champions Series Western Sectional meet last weekend, adding to an already-lengthy list of achievements. Also included in that list of achievements is recognition as one of USA Swimming’s silver medal clubs in the 2014 Club Excellence program.
Club Excellence Spotlight: NOVA of Virginia
For the second consecutive year, NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc. in Richmond, Va. finds itself ranked among the top clubs in USA Swimming, with a 25th-place finish in the 2014 Club Excellence program rankings. With a rich history of producing Olympic Trials, national, and junior national qualifiers, NOVA of Virginia has established itself as one of the top clubs in Virginia in just 27 years of existence.
Club Excellence Spotlight: The Woodlands Swim Team
This year, The Woodlands Swim Team was recognized as a Silver Medal Club in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence program. Head Coach Bauer discusses The Woodlands’ emphasis on team and other factors in the club’s success in this week’s Club Excellence Spotlight.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Irvine Novaquatics
With an already rich tradition that includes producing a handful Olympians, Irvine Novaquatics in Irvine, Calif. has added yet another honor to its growing list of accomplishments by achieving silver medal status in the 2014 Club Excellence recognition program.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Rockville Montgomery Swim Club
In five years of participation in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence program, Rockville Montgomery Swim Club in Maryland has consistently established itself as one of the top programs in the country, achieving gold medal status from 2010-2013 and silver medal status in 2014.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Davis Aquadarts
The aquatics-friendly city of Davis, Calif. is home to the Davis Aquadarts, one of the top swim clubs in the Sierra Nevada region and a silver medal club in the 2013 USA Swimming Club Excellence program.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Clearwater Aquatic Team
One of the premier swim clubs in Florida that has produced multiple senior nationals qualifiers, Olympic Trials finalists and current US National Team member Becca Mann, Clearwater Aquatic Team has achieved gold medal status in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence program with a 20th-place showing in 2013.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Scottsdale Aquatic Club
This year, Scottsdale Aquatic Club will celebrate its 50th anniversary, and there may be no better way to celebrate than by being recognized as one of USA Swimming’s premier clubs. After reaching silver or bronze medal status for the past eight years in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence program, Scottsdale elevated itself to a gold medal club this year.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Terrapins Swim Team
One must only glance at the Terrapins Swim Team’s list of accomplishments and record-holders to get an idea of the team’s rich tradition. The team’s continued pursuit of excellence has earned them recognition as one of USA Swimming’s top clubs, achieving gold medal status in the 2014 Club Excellence program.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Pleasanton Seahawks
Head coach Steve Morsilli founded the Pleasanton Seahawks 35 years ago, and with the support of the city of Pleasanton, Calif., parents and long-time assistant coaches, he has built the program into a national powerhouse. The Seahawks finished 16th in this year’s Club Excellence standings, moving up one spot from their 17th place finish in 2013.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Wilton Y Wahoos
After a steady climb within the silver and bronze medal club standings, the Wilton Y Wahoos in Wilton, Conn. have risen to gold medal recognition in 2014 with a 12th place finish in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence program.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Swim Atlanta
With more than 2,800 registered swimmers and seven different training sites, SwimAtlanta is likely the largest competitive swim team in the country. With a huge program and highly experienced coaching staff, the club has risen once again to gold medal recognition, finishing third in the 2014 Club Excellence program.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Aquazot Swim Club
In just its 14th year of existence, Aquazot Swim Club in Irvine, Calif. has already established itself as one of the top programs in Southern California, and the entire country, earning gold-medal recognition in this year’s Club Excellence program.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Sarasota YMCA Sharks
Since 1961, the Sarasota YMCA Sharks Swim Team in Sarasota, Florida has established itself as one of USA Swimming’s premier age group swim clubs, and arguably the greatest YMCA program in the country.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Nashville Aquatic Club
Since the mid 1970s, Nashville Aquatic Club has churned out several dozen Olympic Trials qualifiers, 15 National Junior Team members, seven national champions and four US Olympians, including one of the greatest female swimmers in US history, Tracy Caulkins. Head coach John Morse discusses the keys to the club's success in this week’s Club Excellence Spotlight.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Dynamo Swim Club
For the third year in a row, Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta has earned the highest level of recognition by USA Swimming, achieving Gold Medal status in the Club Excellence program. Associate Head Coach Beth Winkowski describes how Dynamo trains both its athletes and staff to be smarter swimmers and coaches and other keys to the club’s success in this week’s Club Excellence Spotlight.
Club Excellence Spotlight: King Aquatic Club
In 1996, two Seattle-area swim teams, Highline Swim Club and Kent Area Dolphins, merged to form King Aquatic Club, which quickly became one of the premier year-round swim clubs in the Pacific Northwest. King has earned gold medal recognition in the Club Excellence program every year dating back to at least 2006.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Lakeside Swim Team
Over the course of its 85-year history, Lakeside Swim Team in Louisville, Ky., has built a rich tradition of excellence that includes placing alumni on the past three Olympic Teams and regularly earning Gold Medal recognition in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence Program. What has been the key to their continued success?
Club Excellence Spotlight: Dayton Raiders
The Dayton Raiders of Dayton, Ohio, have consistently established themselves as one of USA Swimming’s top clubs. After regularly earning Silver or Bronze medal club recognition in the Club Excellence program over the past few years, the Raiders elevated to Gold status in 2013, finishing eighth in the overall standings.