Time Standards


Time standards represent goal times for swimmers to achieve for different events at different age groups. They are also used to control the size of swim meets,as each higher or faster level in the standards has fewer swimmers.  When a swimmer achieves qualifying times against certain standards they are often eligible to attend higher level meets.  The following represent time standards used for meets HAST attends.

USA Swimming Motivational Times - B (slowest) to AAAA standards for different course lengths.  Used as a basis for some meets.

Niagara LSC Championship Standard - Used for entry into the year-end Niagara LSC championship meet.

Niagara LSC Championship Qualifier Standard - Used for entry into the February Niagara Championship Qualifier Meet.

GVSL Qualifying Times - Used for entry into the end of season GVSL League Championship Meet.


The following table provides rough percentages on the number of swimmers who achieve a given time standard for a specific stroke / distance. 

Time Standard % of Swimmers Achieving
AAAA Top 2%
AAA Top 6%
AA Top 8%
A Top 15%
BB Top 33%
B Top 55%