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SwimMAC earned 40,540 points to claim 2nd in nation in Club Excellence

USA Swimming established its Club Excellence program to identify clubs that execute strong, well-rounded age group and senior swimming programs to produce elite 18-and-under athletes. The top 20 clubs earn Gold Medal status, those ranked 21-100 are designated as Silver, and the following 100 clubs are recognized as Bronze. The program is voluntary, but those clubs that are eligible for recognition receive grant funding to expand and enhance the services already provided to athletes. USA Swimming will distribute $450,000 in grants to the 100 Gold and Silver level clubs.

Happy Halloween

SwimMAC has enjoyed a lot of treats this year, and I am always impressed by and proud of the SwimMAC community. The recent story Awards, Accolades and Acknowledgments on our SwimMACCarolina.org website highlighted several recent accomplishments, and we continue to do good things - both in and out of the water.

It’s Our Anniversary!

The year was 1994, the organization was MAC, and the head coach was Pat Hogan. The competitive team was exceling, auxiliary programs were well established, and MAC was firmly entrenched in the city's swimming scene. A city that was growing steadily.  There was rapid expansion on the north side of town, and Rich DeSelm, who was Davidson College's head swimming coach at the time, saw an opportunity. "Rich, who is now the head coach at UNC Chapel Hill, was the person that paved the way for (our expansion)," said Hogan.

SwimMAC's coast-to-coast meet wrap-up:

SwimMAC was well-represented at pools all across the country last week! Competition took place four different meets: Southern Zone Age Group Championships (representing NC), Southern Zone Senior Championships, Junior National Championships, and the Tarheel State Championships. Click on the meet name below to jump to meet notes and photos from that event, or scroll through to see them all. This was a great way to close out our age group long course season! Way to go MAC Nation!

Making progress! One Lane at a Time Campaign surpasses 25% mark!

Just eight weeks after launching our One Lane at a Time capital campaign, we have already hit a milestone. Pledges have surpassed 25% of our $6 million campaign goal. Generous gifts by the Roses-Saunders family, Larry and Ashley Lee, the McFee family and the Cummings family have created a strong foundation of personal contributions. The SwimMAC Board of Directors and the volunteer capital campaign steering committee members have all pledged 100% participation.

Fast Times in Shelby

by Larry Lee

More than 260 SwimMAC athletes competed in the 2014 SAC Last Chance Meet in Shelby, NC July 11-13.
 
Swimmers ages 8-18 years old came together in a spirit of competition and sportsmanship.  This resulted in some of the fastest swims of their careers, including many state cuts and new time standards, as well as many fun memories.
 
Read what some of the coaches had to say about the meet:
 

A patriotic serenade and the Moss Creek parade!

SwimMAC is feeling the Independence Day spirit!

In North Charlotte, SwimMAC helped the Moss Creek Social Committee with their Annual 4th of July Parade and ice cream social!! SwimMAC seniors are grateful for the opportunity to give back and say "Thank you!" to the residents of Moss Creek for the opportunity to practice at their fantastic facility. Our next community project is July 26 at their Annual Pool Party. Come and join in the fun!

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