MT State Championship Qualifying Info

Qualifying for the MT State Championship Meet

Swimmers age 9 and older must achieve at least one “BB” time in order to qualify for the MT State Championship.  Once one “BB” is achieved, the swimmer can also enter any “B” times achieved during the same period. This is true regardless of whether the times were achieved during Long Course or Short Course. To see the time standards by age, gender, and course you can refer to the 2021-2024 National Age Group Motivational Times published by USA Swimming.


  • Distance Events: Swimmers wishing to swim 400 IM, 500 Free, 1000 Free or 1650 Free events at MT State Championship must qualify with a "BB" time.  

  • A qualifying time in the 1650 free automatically qualifies the swimmer for the 1500 free, and vice versa. The same relationship applies to the 800/1000 free. 

  • USA Swimming does not list motivational times for the 50 back, 50 breast or 50 fly. Swimmers ages 13-21 qualify by swimming the times detailed here. Alternately, a “BB” qualifying time in the 100 back, breast or butterfly automatically qualifies for the 50-meter event of the same stroke. 

Swimmers age 8 and under have their own qualifying times separate from the USA Swimming Motivational Times listed here. Swimmers must achieve a qualifying time for each individual 8 & Under event entered.

Altitude Adjustments for times achieved at an altitude of 3,000 feet or above:page1image3681664 

Event Distance

Altitude: 3,000-4,250

Altitude: 4,251-6500 ft.


0.5 seconds

1.2 seconds

400 M or 500 SCY

2.5 seconds

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800 Free Relay

2 seconds

4.8 seconds

800 M or 1000 SCY

5 seconds

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1500 M or 1650 SCY 11 seconds 23 seconds


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