Time Standards

Time standards

Time Standards are tools that are used to establish Divisional, Provincial, and National level Championship Swim Meets.  These time standards are based on past results to set a number of athletes at each level which ensures a high quality Championship Meet for each level of swimmer.  Time Standards are also used as a method to help measure the level of progress of a swimmer.  This promotes fair competition by enabling swimmers with comparable abilities to race against each other.

The time standards referred in this website are established by different organizations and are designed for both 25 and 50 meter pools, the only exception being the Lower Mainland Regional (LMR) time standard which is set for both pool sizes.

PASS Meets & Development Meets do not require a qualifying time.  These meets occur on the North Shore and take place approximately once a month.  These meets allow young and new swimmers to learn about swim meets and competition in order to gain experience until they achieve their LMR time.

LMR Time Standard

The LMR (Lower Mainland Regional) time standard is the first goal for all Chena swimmers. It establishes that the swimmer can complete 200m IM (Individual Medley) within 4:00 minutes regardless of gender, age or size of the pool. Once a swimmer swims under 4:00 in the 200 IM they are eligible to compete at any Lower Mainland Region (LMR) swim meet.  These meets occur on a monthly basis throughout the swimming season.

LMR Championships Time Standard

The LMR Championships occur twice per season in February & June. The Championships have a qualifying time as shown in the chart below.

Female Standards (2019-20)
Event 10 & U 11 12-13 14 & O
200 IM 3:45.00 3:35.00 3:25.00 3:15.00
400 FR 6:23.23 6:23.23 5:51.56 5:26.93
400 IM 7:23.08 7:23.08 6:33.97 6:12.10
Male Standards (2019-20)
Event 10 & U 11 12-13 14 & O
200 IM 3:40.00 3:30.00 3:20.00 3:10.00
400 FR 6:29.09 5:54.52 5:54.52 5:10.07
400 IM 7:23.18 6:42.37 6:42.37 5:49.18

BC Provincial Time Standards

BC Provincial time standards are established by Swim BC and are based on results and rankings of British Columbia swimmers.

There are two different Provincial time standards: 

  • Divisional Championships Standards - (12 & Under, 13-14 and 15 & Over)
    • ​Swimmers must achieve the 200 IM and one additional event to qualify for the Championships. Once qualified they can race up to 7 individual events regardless of qualifying times.
    • Championships take place in February (Winter Championships) and June (Summer Championships)
    • Standards are broken into Divisions, Chena is in the Vancouver Coastal Division
  • Provincial Championships Standards - (11 &12, 13 & 14, 15 - 17 and 18 & Over))
    • ​Swimmers can only compete in the events in which they have achieved the qualifying time.
    • Championships take place in March (Winter Championships) and July (Summer Championships)

The Standards gradually require the swimmer to cover the same event distance in a shorter time.

Each Divisional and Provincial time standard is established by gender, age, event and size of pool.  The swimmer’s age is calculated as of the first day of the competition and the size of the pool is defined as Short Course (25m) and Long Course (50m).

Swim BC Provincial Championship Meet Format

National Time standards

National time standards are established by Swimming Canada and are based on results and rankings of nationwide swimmers.

There are four sets of National time standards (click here)

  • Western National time standards which are required to qualify for the Western Canadian Championships which will be held in April in a 50m pool.  These time standards are established by gender and category of the swimmer and event.  Five categories are set per gender, four are based on the swimmer’s age (depending on the gender) and region (West and East). Once at the competition swimmers will compete in the following age categories,  13 - 15 Females, 16 & Over Females, 14 - 16 Males, and 17 & Over Males.

  • National Junior time standards which are required to qualify for the Canadian National Junior Championship which is held every summer in a 50m pool.  Time standards are 1 Standard for all swimmers regardless of age.

  • National Senior time standards are 1 Standard for all swimmers regardless of age.

  • Trials time standards that are Open Standard (all swimmers per event).

For all four sets, the size of the pool is a 50m pool. Age waited standards for Canadian Senior Championships in April 2020 are based on the swimmer's age on December 31, 2020. Age waited standards for Eastern and Western are the age of the athlete as of the first day of the meet.  For Canadian Junior Championships, the standard is also based on the athlete's age on the first day of the meet.