Nitro Swimming Recognized as USA Swimming Club Excellence 2018 Gold Medal Club and Inducted into the Podium Club

Gold, Silver, Bronze recognition awarded to 200 clubs for performance excellence                                                                                                                                        

Bee Cave, Texas –For the fourth consecutive year, Nitro Swimming has been awarded the top honor of a Gold medal ranking in the  USA Swimming Club Excellence program, recognizing the organization’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger.  In conjunction with the USA Swimming Club Excellence program, USA Swimming will induct four members into the 2018 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 four teams that were inducted into the Podium Club for 2018:

  • Carmel Swim Club
  • Nation’s Capital Swim Club
  • Nitro Swimming
  • Sarasota YMCA Sharks

Nitro finished 11th this year out of over 3,000 USA Swimming programs across the country, and was tops in the state of Texas.

“This is a testament to the daily commitment put forth by everyone under the Nitro roof. The kids, the families who make the sacrifices to be a part of the best program in Texas, the Coaches, and the many people who make up the support staff behind the scenes who make it happen every day,” say Nitro owners Mike and Tracy Koleber. “We are very proud of everyone and want to thank USA Swimming for what they do to help promote the greatest sport in the world.”

*Nitro Swimming Cedar Park opened its doors in June of 2007 and Nitro Swimming Bee Cave opened in May of 2011. Nitro teaches swimming to all ages from 6 months through adult, and have many different swimming options for all ability levels. They most recently opened up the Nitro Swim School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and will begin teaching lessons January 4th, 2018.

In its 17th 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.

Earning a Gold, Silver or Bronze ranking has become a highly coveted honor for our club teams. The competition to earn a Club Excellence ranking continues to be more and more challenging.” said Pat Hogan, USA Swimming’s Club Development Managing Director. “On behalf of USA Swimming, I want to congratulate each of 200 clubs that have earned a ranking in the 2016 program.”

Each team’s ranking score is based on the FINA Points Table, a power point rating system that assigns point values to 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.

The following clubs achieved the Gold Medal ranking for 2018, with Local Swimming Committee (LSC) designation. Sixteen different LSCs are represented in the Gold Medal level.


Club LSC Points
1. Nation’s Capital Swim Club Potomac Valley 91,597
2. SwimMAC Carolina North Carolina 59,673
3. Carmel Swim Club Indiana 40,745
4. Sandpipers of Nevada Southern California 36,808
5. Marlins of Raleigh North Carolina 35,932
6. Irvine Novaquatics Southern California 31,749
7. Long Island Aquatic Club Metropolitan Swimming 31,621
8. Mason Manta Rays Ohio 30,256
9. Swim Atlanta Georgia 29,705
10. Scottsdale Aquatic Club Arizona 28,035
11. Nitro Swimming South Texas 28,008
12. Magnolia Aquatic Club Gulf Coast 27,181
13. Mission Viejo Nadadores Southern California 26,951
14. Virginia Gators Virginia 26,507
15. Club Wolverine Michigan 26,317
16. Fort Collins Area Swim Team Colorado 25,325
17. Sarasota YMCA Sharks Florida 25,292
18. Austin Swim Club South Texas 25,201
19. Lakeside Aquatic Club North Texas 25,172
20. Pleasanton Seahawks Pacific 24,561


Click here to view the complete 2018 Club Excellence Program results.

For more information about the Club Excellence program visit

About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit

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