Local, State, & National Time References

"Qualifying Time" or "Cut Time" is the published time necessary to enter certain meets. Many Maine meets do not have qualifying times, however the Bowdoin Open Meet and Winter Championship Meet are examples of meets where the swimmer must have achieved a certain time (or faster) in an earlier swim meet.

Zone Cut Times

For a swimmer from the Maine Local Swim Committee to qualify for the Eastern Zone meet that is usually held in April, a swimmer must both be 1st or 2nd place ranked in an event at the State Championship and at least a NAG AA swimmer in that event. Swimmers qualifying for this meet travel to the meet location and swim against other top-ranked swimmers from other Eastern Zone Local Swim Committees that include Virginia, DC, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. This meet is where Olympians such as Michael Phelps (NBAC-Baltimore, MD), Elizabeth Beisel (ABF-Attleboro, RI), and Ian Crocker (PPSC-Portland, ME) got their start.

NAG Times

National Age Group (NAG) Times are a way for each swimmer in the country to gauge their progress in each event against swimmers throughout the nation. The times standards (B, BB, A, AA, AAA, & AAAA) are created by USA Swimming, are updated every quadrennial, and calculated from the results of performances throughout the nation. Each time standard reached is a terrific achievement!

National Age Group Top-10 Time

This is a program organized and tracked by USA Swimming. Once an athlete reaches a top-10 consideration time for their respective age group they may apply to have their time acknowledged by USA Swimming as one of the top-10 times in the country in their age group.

Sectional Cut Times North  South

This meet is also geared towards Eastern Zone swimmers, primarily 13 & over that have taken the next step towards taking their level of competition to the national level.

NCSA (National Club Swimming Association) Junior National Cut Times

This meet provides the swimmer with the first opportunity to compete on a national level. Athletes at this level will compete against NCSA swimming members from around the country.

Speedo Junior National Cut Times

This meet provides age group swimmers age 19 & younger the ultimate national competition before they qualify for senior nationals and beyond.