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Time Standards

Time Standards 

USA Swimming publishes sets of time standards for various reasons. One of the reasons behind standards is their usefulness for setting goals.

USA swimming 2017-2020 BB-AAAA motivational times

Time Standards by Percentile

AAAA

98%

This standard means your swimmer is ranked in the top 2% of swimmers their age-group, their same gender, in that stroke and distance.

AAA

94%

This standard means your swimmer is ranked in the top 6% of swimmers their age-group, their same gender, in that stroke and distance.

AA

92%

This standard means your swimmer is ranked in the top 8% of swimmers their age-group, their same gender, in that stroke and distance.

A

85%

This standard means your swimmer is ranked in the top 15% of swimmers their age-group, their same gender, in that stroke and distance.

BB

65%

This standard means your swimmer is ranked in the top 35% of swimmers their age-group, their same gender, in that stroke and distance.

B

45%

This standard means your swimmer is ranked in the top 55% of swimmers their age-group, their same gender, in that stroke and distance.

 

Notes

 

It is very normal for your swimmer to have different time standards for different strokes. They may even have different standards for the same stroke but different distances.

As your swimmer matures their best stroke and distances may change.

A swimmer should not specialize until they have completed physical maturation. Swimming all the strokes and all the distances will only improve your swimmers physical and mental development throughout their career. 

 

https://www.teamunify.com/ilslsc/UserFiles/File/Times/Time%20Standards/2018-2019%20ag%20time%20standards.pdf

https://www.teamunify.com/ilslsc/UserFiles/File/Times/Time%20Standards/Illinois%20Swimming%202019%20Senior%20Summer%20Standards.pdf

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