Several NCS Clubs earned recognition in the USA Swimming Club Excellence Program. Now in its 18th 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 2017 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 2018 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships and Junior National Championships.
SwimMAC Carolina finished second in the country, earning Gold Level status. The Marlins of Raleigh also earned Gold Level status, finishing number eleven in the country. Silver Level clubs included the TAC Titans, Enfinity Aquatic Club, North Carolina Aquatic Club, and the Hickory Foundation YMCA Seahorse Swim Team. Earning Bronze Level recognition were the Aquatic Team of Mecklenburg and New Wave Swimming. Congratulations NCS clubs!