TIME STANDARDS & QUALIFYING TIMES
One of the most challenging things for parents of new swimmers can be to understand the time standards for competition. This is just an introduction to time standards, as there are many more used throughout the swimming world. Many meets have their own set of standards. Swimmers and parents should use time standards as a guide and as goals throughout the swimmers career, but never as an absolute definition of how successful they are.
The links provided will direct you to the designed times/qualifying times:
USA Motivational Times - every 4 years, USA Swimming establishes time standards for swimmers of every age group that range from B to AAAA to give swimmers benchmarks for goal-setting and to track improvement. That is, these time standards are intended to motivate swimmers in each age group to work their way up from a B standard to a BB standard and then to an A standard, an AA standard, an AAA standard and finally to an AAAA standard.
2018-2019 Maryland 14 & Under State Qualifying Times - February 28 - March 3, 2019, at St. Mary's College. This is the Maryland LSC State Championship Meet for swimmers ages 14 and under who swim times faster than or equal to posted qualifying times.
2018-2019 Maryland Senior State Qualifying Times - February 21-24, 2019, at United States Naval Academy. This is the Maryland LSC State Championship for swimmers 15 & over who swim times faster than or equal to the posted qualifying times.
2019 DSA Championship Meet Qualifying Times - July 27, 2019 - Meet Location & Qualifying Times TBD.