USA Swimming Records Largest Single-Year Membership Growth in History
USA Swimming eclipsed more than 400,000 members and saw its largest year-round athlete membership growth in the organization’s history. To date, USA Swimming has a combined membership of 404,448 athlete and non-athlete members.
Membership numbers for the 2012-2013 year, which ran from Sept. 1, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2013, were released today, and show a 13.2 percent increase in year-round athlete membership growth, bringing the total to 340,564. This is the largest single-year spike in USA Swimming history.
The 13.2 percent increase significantly outpaced other post-Olympic growth. Previously, the largest single-year membership gain was in 2009 at 11.3 percent. In 2005, it expanded by 7.2 percent and membership in 2001 increased by 4.9 percent.
“The continuous growth and strong retention rate of swimming across the country helps build the foundation of our wonderful sport,” said Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming Executive Director. “As the base continues to build, it funnels into our goals of promoting the sport and achieving competitive success. We are thrilled by the success of our U.S. Swim Team in London and that so many more people are enjoying the life-long sport of swimming.”
The 2012 Olympic Games was one of the most successful Games for the U.S. Olympic swim team. The team dominated the water, earning 31 medals – 16 gold, nine silver and six bronze – nearly 30 percent of the total medals earned by all American Olympians in London. The team was led by gold-medal performances of Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Nathan Adrian, Ryan Lochte, Allison Schmitt and Dana Vollmer, and a total of 11 American records and five world records were set in London.
The end of the four-year quad surrounding the 2012 Olympics also brings to a close the most successful quad for year-round athlete membership. There was a 19.0 percent increase in total number of athletes stretching from 2010-13. During the four-year span, USA Swimming gained more than 54,000 athletes.
In addition to increased membership numbers, USA Swimming now has more year-round clubs than ever before, with a total of 2,915 year-round member clubs. The organization also renewed all of its corporate partners, surpassed 150,000 downloads on its official mobile app Deck Pass, and currently in the early stages of its industry wide SwimToday campaign.