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  Time Standards

 USA Swimming Motivational Time Standards

USA Swimming publishes national age group motivational time standards. You will notice that there are Long Course Meters (LCM), Short Course Meters (SCM), and Short Course Yards (SCY) times listed on different pages.

The levels outlined in these time standards correspond roughly to the qualification times that a swimmer must achieve to be entered in certain competitive meets:

These standards can also be used to create intermediate goals for swimmers to achieve.

2017-2020 Motivational Time Standards


Arena Mid-Season Showdown

The Arena Mid-Season Showdown (formerly known as Nike Challenge) is a competitive meet held in December in Waukesha, WI.  Many top teams from Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota participate.

The qualifying times (approximately BB) are bit slower than the State Meet qualifying times (approximately A), so this meet is a great intermediate goal.

2017 Qualification Times

2018 Qualification Times (TBD)


 11 & Under Single-Age State Championship

Wisconsin Swimming, Inc is starting a Single Age 11 & Under State Championship in December of 2017. The meet will be held at the new St. Augustine Prep Academy pool in Milwaukee on December 16 & 17.

The meet is “single age” meaning the athletes will be grouped by single years 8 & U, 9, 10, & 11 rather than by the common 9 & 10 or 11 & 12, two year groupings. The format will be two timed final sessions - one on Saturday afternoon and one on Sunday morning.

The rationale for this new State Championship Meet is to give swimmers with birthdays in the fall months a chance to race at the “top” of their respective age groups. 

2017 Qualification Times

2018 Qualification Times (TBD)


 Wisconsin State Championships

Wisconsin Swimming has two state championship meets annually. A short course championship is held in the February/March timeframe. A long course championship is held in the July/August timeframe. 12 & under and 13 & over swimmers will have their championships on different weekends as well.

The time standards to qualify for these meets are subject to change each year. Additionally, the standards to qualify for the long course championships may be different than the standards for short course. Be sure to check both below.

Swimmers may qualify for the state championships based on their short course or long course times, as long as the appropriate standard is met.

2018 Qualification Times (Spring and Summer)


 Schroeder A+

The Schroeder A+ Swim Meet is the region's most competitive swim meet of the winter with a field of 1100 athletes representing 65 teams.  Held annually at the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center, it is the largest swim meet in the state of Wisconsin and attracts teams, athletes and their families from across Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

The required time standards vary by age group. This meet also has special qualification times for 8 and under swimmers.

Meet Information

2018 Qualification Times


 Central Zones

The Central Zones Meets (Long Course) take place at the end of the Summer Session after WI State Meets (August). Swimmers 14 and under may qualify

HSSB Swimmers that qualify for the Central Zone Meet will represent the Team Wisconsin at the meet.  There are teams from across the central United States (IA, IL, MI, MN, ND, SD) represented at the meet.  Qualifying times (approximately AAA) are listed in the link below:

2018 Qualification Times


 Central Zone Speedo Champions Series Meet (Sectionals)

The Central Zone Speedo Champions Series Meet takes place at the end of the Winter Session after the WI State Meets (March).

There are no age-group qualifying times.  This is essentially an Senior/Open event in which teams from across the Central Zone of the United States participate (IA, IL, MN, ND, SD, WI).

2018 Qualification Times


 National Meets

USA Swimming publishes standards for various competitive national meets. Standards for these meets, up to the U.S. Olympic Trials, can be found at the link below.

USA Swimming Standards for National Meets

Click here for an interesting article about national meets