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USA Swimming lists top 50 swim cities in U.S.

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Hail to the victors. The greatest swim city in the U.S. is Ann Arbor, Mich., according to USA Swimming.

The organization, along with Speedo, released a list of the top 50 swim cities Monday, aggregated by measurements such as active swimmers, swim clubs, number of accessible pools and volume of top-level swimmers from the area.

Ann Arbor certainly has plenty of that last stat to boast about. The University of Michigan and Club Wolverine are mainstays in elite swimming. Olympic champions Michael PhelpsTom Dolan and Tyler Clary trained there at various points during their careers.

Phelps’ hometown and current training base, Baltimore, ranked 40th.

“It’s no surprise that Ann Arbor is the top swim city in America considering the strength of the swimming community and how many great swimmers and world record holders have come out of the area,” former University of Michigan and Club Wolverine swimming coach Jon Urbanchek said in a press release. “I lived and coached in Ann Arbor for 30 years, and I can’t think of a better place for swimming.”

Here’s the full list:

1. Ann Arbor, Mich.
2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
3. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
4. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.
5. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.
6. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
7. Madison, Wis.
8. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
9. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
10. Indianapolis-Carmel
11. Washington, D.C.
12. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.
13. Boulder, Colo.
14. Trenton-Ewing, N.J.
15. Colorado Springs, Colo.
16. Anchorage
17. Minneapolis-St Paul
18. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
19. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta
20. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria, Calif.
21. Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
22. Lincoln, Neb.
23. Richmond, Va.
24. Denver-Aurora
25. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, N.C./S.C.
26. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
27. Tallahassee, Fla.
28. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif.
29. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa/Ill.
30. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.
31. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis
32. Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb./Iowa
33. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet
34. Provo-Orem, Utah
35. Reno-Sparks, Nev.
36. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, Ore./Wash.
37. New Haven-Milford, Conn.
38. Albuquerque, N.M.
39. Columbus, Ohio
40. Baltimore-Towson
41. Pittsburgh
42. Tucson, Ariz.
43. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, Calif.
44. Cincinnati-Middletown
45. Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, Fla.
46. Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, N.Y.
47. Fort Wayne, Ind.
48. South Bend-Mishawaka, Ind.
49. Rochester, N.Y.
50. Salt Lake City

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