USA Swimming announced Tuesday the dates, locations, and time standards for the 2018 USA Swimming Winter Nationals as well as the 2018 Speedo Winter Junior Championships — East and West.
Winter Nationals will take place from November 28th-December 1st in Greensboro, North Carolina, and will be swum long course in order to allow swimmers to achieve 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials cuts. Note that as we previously reported, the 2018 USA Swimming Summer Nationals will not count for Olympic Trials qualification.
Winter Nationals have been long course twice before — 2015 in Federal Way and 2011 in Atlanta.
Winter Juniors — East will also take place in Greensboro, from December 5th-8th. Juniors — West will be swum in Austin, Texas, over the same dates. The junior meets remain short course.
View the time standards below:
The 2018 Winter Nationals and Junior National cuts are ready to go. Don't forget the Winter Nationals will be long course meters and Juniors will be short course yards. Winter nationals could be a good place to pick up trials cuts. pic.twitter.com/93w5o5wzav
— USA Swimming Stats (@USASwimStats) March 6, 2018
Winter Nationals mark the opening of the qualifying period for Olympic Trials in 2020. The dates for Trials, which will again take place in Omaha, Nebraska’s CenturyLink Center, have not been announced; when they are, the qualifying period ending will be determined.
Olympic Trials qualifying standards have been promised for late September 2018.