The NCAA has released its Division I qualifying standards for the upcoming 2019-2020 season, with virtually all of the ‘A’ cuts getting quicker.
For the men, only the 200 IM ‘A’ time remained the same as last year, while on the women’s side it was the 200 back. All others got faster, while all ‘B’ cuts went unchanged. Additionally, both the auto and provisional times for relays were lowered as well.
Here’s a brief refresher on how NCAA qualifying works (read the full explanation here):
- Individual Events: In individual races, all swimmers with “A” standards automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. Thereafter, swimmers are chosen event-by-event, lined up to an equal number across all events, until the maximum number of individual swimmers have been selected (235 for men, 281 for women).
- Relay Events: All relays with the Qualifying Standard can swim at the NCAA Championships, provided they have 1 individual (swimmer or diver) invited to the meet as well. Once a team has a relay invited, they can swim any relay in which they have a provisional standard as well. Relays are qualified “to the team,” not to the individual swimmers, so teams can take whichever swimmers they want to participate in relays.
Maybe the most notable new cut is the ‘A’ in the men’s 50 free, which goes sub-19 for the first time in history. Last year it was 19.00, and it now falls to 18.96.
|2019-2020 Men’s “A”||2019-2020 Men’s “B”||Event||2019-2020 Women’s “A”||2019-2020 Women’s “B”|
|2020 Men’s Auto||2020 Men’s Provisional||Relays||2020 Women’s Auto||2020 Women’s Provisional|
|1:17.17||1:17.86||200 free relay||1:28.43||1:29.21|
|2:51.11||2:52.46||400 free relay||3:14.61||3:16.35|
|6:17.18||6:21.85||800 free relay||7:00.86||7:05.88|
|1:24.30||1:24.97||200 medley relay||1:36.40||1:37.05|
|3:05.95||3:07.74||400 medley relay||3:31.66||3:33.78|
|Standard 6-Dive List||Diving||
Standard 6-Dive List
Check out the official NCAA document here. For a look at last year’s standards, click here.
The “a” times are cool goals, but as a practical matter it is the “invite” times that matter. Get an invite you are in. There is a lot of analytical stuff to predict, but as a pragmatic matter shooting for x % below last years tine ans you are in. Unless you swim for Texas
The combo of the headline and the picture is pretty great
They took townley off probably because he graduated. Not because cal won. If Dean was swimming next season I’m sure he’d be up there.
Are jet packs allowed?
No, but I heard shortfins are okay with a permission slip
Would you like to share the pdf of the permission slip with us?
Still not sure how much those would help…
No, but just wear these as part of your suit:
Can we get a way-to-early invite time article?
100 back is STEEP
I’m looking at this thinking it’s ALL steep!
Why are the A cuts even a necessity? Why doesn’t the NCAA just invite the top 29/30/31 men and then allow swimmers to enter additional events using the B standard?
It’s my understanding that A standards are based on the previous year results…that the A standard would be the 8th or 16th or whatever th place at NCAAs. If that is the case, did we not know the A standard weeks ago?
Looking at the results from this past NCAAs, seems like most of the A standards would’ve been between 5-7th place at NCAAs
A cut is an automatic invite to NCAAs
A cuts allow you to swim other events that you only have B cut in. Also, by achieving an A cut, the swimmer doesn’t have to worry about NCAA qualification for the remainder of the season.
I think if you hit any of the times listed as an A standard above then you would be very confident that you will make the meet in a top 30 invitee scenario so the question is still what is the point of the A standard.
You don’t need an A cut to swim other events where you only have B cuts. You just have to be invited (top 30 or whatever it is for that event). So the A cuts are essentially meaningless. I guess they can stop an athlete from worrying about the possibility of not being invited, but if you’re swimming a sub 19 50 free, there should be no reason to stress over that since it has taken around a 19.3 the last few seasons. Same goes for all the other events.
SWIMFAN, you are correct. Thanks for pointing that out. I got mixed up.
The “A” cut provides a goal time in each event and an aspirational time to make the A Finals at NCAAs. They also provide some historical perspective. You are technically correct: they have not been of any practical value for at least 10-15 years. Further: how could we comment on this WOW MOMENT if there were no longer A cuts?
NCAA A-cuts are meant to hurt your soul. Secretly, within the dark halls of the NCAA HQ, they’re also meant to crush the souls of old swimmers—–old swimmers with old best times that appear so very, very slowly in comparison).