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USA Swimming 2017-2020 National Age Group Motivational Times

USA Swimming 2017-2020 Single Age Motivational Times

2017 - State Championship Time Standards

2016 - State Championship Time Standards

Previous Standards:
2015 - State Championship Time Standards

 

Explanation of USA-S Motivational Times

AAAA 98% This standard means your swimmer is ranked in the top 2% of swimmers their age-group, their same sex, 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 sex, 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 sex, 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 sex, 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 sex, 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 sex, in that stroke and distance.
C   This standard is for all swimmers with times below the "B" standard. Everything from 0.00 up to the "B" standard is a "C" time. 
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.

Source: Texas Elite Team (2009)

 

Percent of USA Swimming Swimmers by Time Standards

AAAA or Faster 5.71%

AAA or Faster 13.36%

AA or Faster 21.55%

A or Faster 29.00%

BB or Faster 46.58%

B or Faster 52.44%