Ohio Swimming
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National Meet Time Standards  This includes Sectionals, Futures, Junior Nationals (Winter and Summer), Nationals and more...

Scholastic All-American Time Standards

Ohio Junior Olympic (JO) Time Standards


Motivational Time Standards by AGE GROUP

What are National 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. As you become a better swimmer your times will improve and you'll find yourself shifting
from one standard to another.

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. The annual rankings (short course and long course) are
published in Swimming World magazine and each qualifier receives a certificate of recognition from
USAS. Swimmers earning a NRT Time are in the Top 1% of American Age Group swimmers