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