Qualifying for the MT State Championship Meet

Swimmers age 9 and older must achieve at least one “BB” time in order to qualify for the MT State Championship.  Once one “BB” is achieved, the swimmer can also enter any “B” times achieved during the same period. This is true regardless of whether the times were achieved during Long Course or Short Course. To see the time standards by age, gender, and course you can refer to the 2021-2024 National Age Group Motivational Times published by USA Swimming.


  • Distance Events: Swimmers wishing to swim 400 IM, 500 Free, 1000 Free or 1650 Free events at MT State Championship must qualify with a "BB" time.  

  • A qualifying time in the 1650 free automatically qualifies the swimmer for the 1500 free, and vice versa. The same relationship applies to the 800/1000 free. 

  • USA Swimming does not list motivational times for the 50 back, 50 breast or 50 fly for swimmers over the age of 12.  Swimmers ages 13-21 can qualify in these events by swimming the times detailed here.  Alternately, a “BB” qualifying time in the 100 back, breast or butterfly automatically qualifies for the 50 event of the same stroke. 

Swimmers age 8 and under have their own qualifying times separate from the USA Swimming Motivational Times listed here. Swimmers must achieve a qualifying time for each individual 8 & Under event entered.

Additionally, 8 and under (8&U) athletes may enter bonus events as specified below at Montana Swimming Championships meets:

  • If the athlete enters one (1) event with qualifying time, the athlete may enter up to a maximum of 5 bonus events.

  • All bonus events must be entered with a provable time achieved during the qualifying time period. No time (NT) entries will not be accepted for entry purposes at the Montana Swimming Short Course Championships and Montana Swimming Long Course Championships.

Altitude Adjustments for times achieved at an altitude of 3,000 feet or above:

Event Distance

Altitude: 3,000-4,250

Altitude: 4,251-6500 ft.

200 M or SCY

0.5 seconds

1.2 seconds

400 M or 500 SCY

2.5 seconds

 5 seconds

800 Free Relay (M or SCY)

2 seconds

4.8 seconds

800 M or 1000 SCY

5 seconds

10 seconds

1500 M or 1650 SCY

11 seconds 23 seconds


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