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Time Standards

 

SCY-  Means Short Course Yards such as the Bettendorf Pool (25 yards)

SCM-  Means Short Course Meters such as the Pleasant Valley Pool (25 meters)

LCM-  Means Long Course Meters such as the Mercer in IA City during the summer (50 Meters)

 

What are USA Swimming Time Standards?

The letters refer to the time standards that are used to place swimmers in terms of how fast they swim. As you become a better swimmer your times will improve and you'll find yourself shifting from one standard to another.

B TIMES

The B time standard is usually the one you'll reach first. It is a measure of time and competence in the performance of that stroke.  Achieving a 'B' time at a swim meet indicates a correct execution of complicated stroke technique. A 'B' time represents a level equal to  68% of the National Top 16 Reportable Time.

BB TIMES

It is a very big step when you achieve a "BB" time. In addition to the  correct performance of a particular stroke, you have also achieved a  speed only a limited percentage of swimmers can perform. Like "B"
times, each age group has its own list of "BB" times. A 'BB' time represents a level equal to 75% of the National Top 16 Reportable Time.

A TIMES

An 'A' time represents a level equal to 84% of the National Top 16 Reportable Time.

AA TIMES

There is a much smaller gap between "AA" and "A" as compared to the wide one between "B" and "A". You often need an "AA" time to compete in a Trials and Finals format meet. An 'AA' time represents a level
equal to 89% of the National Top 16 Reportable Time.

AAA TIMES

A 'AAA' time represents a level equal to 93% of the National Top 16 Reportable Time.

AAAA TIMES

These are the highest levels in the National Age Group Times progressions. A 'AAAA' time represents a level equal to 97% of the National Top 16 Reportable Time.

NATIONAL REPORTABLE TIMES (NRT TIMES)

A NRT represents a level that a swimmer must surpass in order to submit their names for consideration on the annual Top 16 list. The annual rankings (short course and long course) are published in
Swimming World magazine and each qualifier receives a certificate of recognition from USAS. Swimmers earning a NRT Time are in the Top 1% of American Age Group swimmers.

TIME STANDARDS:

    2017-2020 National Age Group Motivational Times  -9/30/2016

    Iowa "Q" Short Course Yards - 2017-18 Boys & Girls - 4/2017

    Iowa "Q" Long Course Meters - 2017-18 Boys & Girls - 4/2017

    Iowa "Q" Short Course Meters - 2017-18 Boys & Girls - 4/2017

   Iowa "Silver Champs" Short Course Yards - 2017-18 Boys & Girls - 4/2017

   Iowa "Silver Champs" Long Course Meters - 2017-18 Boys & Girls - 4/2017

   Iowa "Silver Champs" Short Course Meters - 2017-18 Boys & Girls - 4/2017


NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TIME STANDARDS

    2017 Winter National Championships  - Nov 29-Dec 2, 2017 Columbus, OH

    2017 Winter Junior National Championships  - Dec 6-8, 2017 Iowa City, Iowa

    2013 World Championship Trials - June 25-29, 2013 Indianapolis, IN  

    2017 U.S. Open - (LCM) - August 2-6, 2017 - East Meadow, NY 

    2017 SUMMER SPEEDO JUNIOR NATIONAL - (LCM) - AUGUST 8-12 - EAST MEADOW, NY

    2013 Winter National Championships - December 5-7, 2013 Knoxville, TN

    2013 Winter Junior National Championships - December 12-14, 2013 Greensboro, NC

   *Link to USA Swimming National event page
  **Link to USA Swimming Junior National event page

CENTRAL ZONE MEETS

SPEEDO SECTIONALS- (LCM) - July 19-22, 2017 MINNEAPOLIS, MN

TIME CONVERTOR:

Automatic Time Convertor (click)

INDIVIDUAL TIMES SEARCH:

USA Swimming Indiv. Times Search (click) (The best way to do this is to enter your name as specified then click the date range selection and put in 01/01/10 to 08/01/11 to make sure all of your times show)

USA Swimming Individual National Event Rank (click) (See where you rank in an event in the United States for your age.  Make sure on age range you enter your age range for the respective age of the swimmer you are looking up.  For example: Age Range: 10 to 10, or, 8 to 8 for a specific Short Course (SCY) or Long Course (LCM) event)  

Iowa State Rankings (click) (See where your swimmer ranks with those other swimmers in the state of Iowa)