Qualifying Times

By Reach for the Wall Staff Writers.

Do you wonder why a swimmer:

  • Lacks the dexterity to tie their shoes, yet can execute a flawless 400 IM?
  • Can’t remember to eat breakfast, but knows where they are going to eat after the meet next week?
  • Finds math homework challenging, but converting short course yards to long course meters is a breeze?

As parents, we find ourselves baffled by what goes on in our swimmer’s minds.  One trait they commonly share is their ability to store and process meet qualifying times.  How they do it is a mystery.

At Reach For The Wall, we are looking for ways to make swimming more understandable and to provide you with tools to make life easier.  This includes a comprehensive list of meet qualifying times for this year (2015-2016), starting with Sectionals and ending with the Olympic Time Trials.  These meets don’t have an age attached to their qualifying times and most have short and long course times.

Swimming Pyramid (15 April 2016)

This list is a great guide and shows the time progressions of the Meet Pyramid.  It helps swimmers to set goals and also is a great reference for coaches and parents!   Please share this link with teammates and fellow swim parents.

Please note, the times for this comparison are based on the qualifying times for this year (2015-2016) and might change.  We will continue to monitor the qualifying times and strive to provide the most current qualifying times.

In addition to the list above, we also will compile a comparison of long course meets for age group swimmers in our area when the qualifying times have been firmly established (e.g., Maryland State LC Champs, PVS LC Age Group Championships, Eastern Zone LC Championships, etc.), and we will do the same in the Fall for short course meets.

Let us know if there are any other meet comparisons you would like to see!  contact@reachforthewall.org

Disclaimer:  We manually entered the times in the comparison list above, but there is no substitute for the discerning eye of a swimmer or parent.  Please let us know if you see something we need to fix!

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