There are many great things about the sport of swimming. One of them is the objective nature of the results.  Once you touch the wall, there it is in black and white: the time it took you to cover the distance of the race!

What does SCY and LCM mean?

SCY:  Means Short Course Yards; such as the pool at Common Ground Pool (25 yards). Meets held in September through March, our Short Course season, are typically held in Short Course yard pools.

LCM:  Means Long Course Meters; such as the YMCA Dillon Family Aquatic Center  pool in Fremont (50 Meters).  The Olympic Trials will be held in a 50 meter pool. Summer is our Long Course season.  These meets are typically held in Long Course meter pools.

 

What are USA Swimming Age Group Motivational Time Standards?

The letters refer to the time standards that are used to place swimmers in terms of how fast they swim based upon their age group. As you become a better swimmer, your times will improve and you'll find yourself shifting from one standard to another.

Time standards are broken down into age group and level. Age groups are divided into 10&U, 11/12, 13/14, 15/16, and 17/18 year old categories. Eight and under swimmers do not have standards as this is an introductory age and the focus is on teaching strokes and having fun.   Each category has a B, BB, A, AA, AAA, and AAAA level.  Swimmers can begin at a B level and work their way up each level. 

When swimmers move up an age group bracket, the times they achieved to date still count toward a standard.  Standards for older age brackets get more challenging as swimmers age up a level. These more challenging standards help encourage swimmers to move into the next level of swimming. 

B TIMES

The B time standard is usually the one you'll reach first. It is a measure of time and competence in the performance of that stroke.  Achieving a 'B' time at a swim meet indicates a correct execution of complicated stroke technique. A 'B' time represents a level equal to 68% of the National Top 16 Reportable Time.

 

BB TIMES

It is a very big step when you achieve a "BB" time. In addition to the  correct performance of a particular stroke, you have also achieved a  speed only a limited percentage of swimmers can perform. Like "B" times, each age group has its own list of "BB" times. A 'BB' time represents a level equal to 75% of the National Top 16 Reportable Time.

 

A TIMES

An 'A' time represents a level equal to 84% of the National Top 16 Reportable Time.

 

AA TIMES

There is a much smaller gap between "AA" and "A" as compared to the wide one between "B" and "A". You often need an "AA" time to compete in a Trials and Finals format meet. An 'AA' time represents a level equal to 89% of the National Top 16 Reportable Time. 

 

AAA TIMES

A 'AAA' time represents a level equal to 93% of the National Top 16 Reportable Time.

 

AAAA TIMES

These are the highest levels in the National Age Group Times progressions. A 'AAAA' time represents a level equal to 97% of the National Top 16 Reportable Time.

 

NATIONAL REPORTABLE TIMES (NRT TIMES)

A NRT represents a level that a swimmer must surpass in order to submit their names for consideration on the annual Top 16 list. Swimmers earning a NRT Time are in the Top 1% of American Age Group swimmers.

 

 

INDIVIDUAL TIMES SEARCH:

USA Swimming Indiv. Times Search (click) 

The best way to do this is to enter your name as specified then click the date range selection and put in 01/01/18 to 08/01/19 to make sure all of your times show for the past swim season. 

Midwestern Swimming Rankings (click) 

See where your swimmer ranks with those other swimmers in the Midwestern Swimming LSC

USA Swimming Individual National Event Rank (click) 

See where you rank in an event in the United States for your age.  Make sure on age range you enter your age range for the respective age of the swimmer you are looking up.  For example: Age Range: 10 to 10, or, 8 to 8 for a specific Short Course (SCY) or Long Course (LCM) event