As if there’s not enough excitement in the world of swimming right now, the NCAA just gave us one more thing to get hyped up about. Last night the NCAA published its list of qualifying times for the 2017 NCAA Championships, which will be held in Indianapolis at the legendary IUPUI Natatorium. The women’s meet will take place March 16th-18th, and the men’s March 23rd-25th.
To automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships, a swimmer must attain the “A” standard in any event. All swimmers with “A” standards get invited, no questions. Relays, however, must not only have attained the cut, but also have at least one swimmer (or diver) that has been invited to the meet individually. “B” standards are in place to bring additional swimmers and teams to the competition and to give swimmers with “A” standards bonus events. All in all, a total of 235 individual male swimmers and 281 individual female swimmers are invited to the NCAA Championships.
For 2017, no event on either the men’s or women’s side, including relays, got slower. All individual “B” standards remained the same for both men and women. For the men, every “A” standard got faster, whereas most of the women’s “A” standards got faster, though some remained the same as 2016.
For those who need a more in-depth refresher on how the qualifying system for the NCAA Championships works, click here.
How Much Faster Are 2017 Standards Than 2016 Standards?
|Men’s A||Men’s B||Events (Yards)||Women’s A||Women’s B|
|-0.08||-0.03||200 Free Relay||-0.18||-0.15|
|-0.37||-0.52||400 Free Relay||-0.37||-0.48|
|-0.87||-0.56||800 Free Relay||-1.09||-1.03|
|-0.25||-0.27||200 Medley Relay||-0.25||-0.25|
|-0.58||-0.48||400 Medley Relay||-0.49||-0.35|
2017 NCAA Division I Qualifying Standards
|A Standard||B Standard||YARDS||A Standard||B Standard|
|1:17.77||1:18.46||200 free relay||1:28.98||1:29.75|
|2:52.45||2:53.68||400 free relay||3:15.78||3:17.11|
|6:20.67||6:24.50||800 free relay||7:05.68||7:08.93|
|1:25.05||1:25.86||200 medley relay||1:37.21||1:37.71|
|3:07.75||3:09.68||400 medley relay||3:33.40||3:34.96|