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Time Standards

Time Standards by Percentile 

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.

 

 

Percent of USA Swimming Swimmers by Time Standards (2009 Data)

Nationals

1.09%

US Open or Faster

1.24%

Juniors or Faster

2.14%

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%