USA Swimming has announced the time standards for the 2014 Junior National Championships that will take place in Irvine, California the week before the Pan Pac/World University Games/World Championship Trials.
Unlike the senior National Championship standards, announced earlier this week, Junior Nationals standards are weighted heavily towards long course meters. For example, in the girls’ 50 free, only 35 swimmers aged 18 & under had the yards standard in the 2013 season, as compared to 91 who hit the long course meters standard.
This is also a referendum on just how fast junior level swimming has gotten. A decade ago, in 2013, only five junior swimmers would’ve had these yards standards, and only 22 swimmers would have had these long course standards. The time to qualify for the Junior Nationals, in most events, would have dominated the high school state championship meets in states as big and prominent as Texas.
Times standards are a bit faster than Winter Juniors, but not much. Winter Juniors, a meet swum in yards, has time standards much more evenly split between long course and short course specialists. Standards in 2014 will be quite a bit faster in the summer of 2014 than in the summer of 2013, with standards getting faster somewhere in the range of two-tenths of a second per 50 meters.
The qualifying period runs from June 25th, 2013 until the entry deadline (not yet announced).
Note the bonus time standards. In 2013, swimmers who qualified for the meet could swim up to two additional races in which they’d hit the bonus standard, regardless of how many events in which they’d hit the primary standard.
|3:56.49||400 Free Relay||3:34.89|
|8:29.99||800 Free Relay||7:47.69|
|4:22.69||400 Medley Relay||3:56.99|