CSCAA Updates All-American Criteria With Considerations if NCAAs Doesn’t Happen

The College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association, or CSCAA, has updated its requirements for swimmers to achieve All-American accolades for the 2020-2021 season. The new requirements create a contingency for the event of another premature end to the NCAA season as the coronavirus pandemic continues in the United States and abroad. The 2019-2020 NCAA season proceeded normally until March 2020 when the NCAA Championships were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. There are no new criteria for divers yet though the CSCAA says they are forthcoming.

These All-American honors are awarded by the CSCAA itself and not the NCAA. As the 2019-2020 season was abruptly ended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CSCAA made no first and second-team distinctions among its 2020 honorees as they did not have the opportunity to compete at NCAAs where first-team (1st-8th) and second-team (9th-16th) would have been decided. This led to a 54.3 percent increase in the number of male swimmers awarded All-American accolades for the 2019-2020 season.

For the current 2020-2021 season, athletes will be considered for First-Team All-American honors by achieving a CSCAA Automatic Time Standard or by finishing in the top eight of their events at the NCAA Championships. However, if there are no NCAA Championships in 2021 or if fewer than 8 athletes per event achieve the Automatic Standard, the remaining All-American honors will be filled by those who have achieved times fast enough to rank among the top-8 nationally.

The process will be similar for Second-Team All-Americans: achieve the CSCAA Consideration Standard and finish 9th-16th at the NCAA Championships. Again, if the NCAA Championships do not happen or if fewer than 8 athletes per event achieve the Consideration Standard the balance (up to a maximum of 8) will be filled with those that have the swam times to rank between 9th and 16th nationally. However, there will be no second-team selections for NAIA.

Following the University of Iowa’s decision to cancel its men’s swimming and diving program, the NCAA, at the behest of public outcry, chose to relocate the 2021 Men’s Division I NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships to Greensboro, North Carolina, which will also host the 2021 women’s championships. The Division II NCAA Championships was pushed back a week in order to reduce the number of individuals present at the venue, the CrossPlex, which was also set to host track & field and wrestling championships.

All 2021 NCAA & NAIA National Championships – Swimming & Diving

  • Division I – Women’s
    • Greensboro, North Carolina, March 17-20
  • Division I – Men’s
    • Greensboro, North Carolina, March 24-27
  • Division II – Women & Men
    • Birmingham, Alabama, March 17-20
  • Division III – Women & Men
    • Federal Way, Washington, March 17-21
  • NAIA – Women & Men
    • Knoxville, Tennessee, March 3-6

Swimmers may achieve All-American honors in up to seven events, three of which may be individual in Division I and Division III with four individual events possible in Division II. Furthermore, all performances must take place in “bona fide competition,” in other words, a sanctioned meet.

You can read the full release and see all the time standards for All-American honors from the CSCAA here.

From the CSCAA:

First Team All-America

  • CSCAA Automatic Standard

    • OR

  • Finish 1-8th at NCAA or NAIA Championships*

Second Team All-America

  • CSCAA Consideration Standard

    • AND

  • Finish 9-16th at NCAA Championships*

*In the event the Championships are not held or not full, the next fastest athletes in each event will be selected (up to a maximum of eight)

CSCAA Automatic and Consideration Time Standards

Division I

  Women Men
Event Automatic Consideration Automatic Consideration
50 Freestyle 21.75 22.29 18.97 19.39
100 Freestyle 47.32 48.49 41.79 42.69
200 Freestyle 1:43.33 1:45.29 1:32.59 1:34.39
500 Freestyle 4:36.76 4:41.19 4:12.35 4:16.79
1650 Freestyle 15:51.45 16:10.49 14:36.50 14:55.49
100 Backstroke 51.02 52.59 45.1 46.29
200 Backstroke 1:50.82 1:53.69 1:39.16 1:41.49
100 Breaststroke 58.98 1:00.09 51.89 52.79
200 Breaststroke 2:07.34 210.09 152.74 155.19
100 Butterfly 51.13 52.39 45.24 46.09
200 Butterfly 1:53.40 1:56.29 1:40.68 1:43.19
200 IM 1:54.25 1:57.09 1:41.67 1:44.09
400 IM 4:05.11 4:09.99 3:39.55 3:44.99
200 Freestyle Relay 1:28.89 1:17.69
400 Freestyle Relay 3:15.29 2:51.49
800 Freestyle Relay 7:01.99 6:17.79
200 Medley Relay 1:37.29 1:24.99
400 Medley Relay 3:32.49 3:06.69

Division II

  Women Men
Event Automatic Consideration Automatic Consideration
50 Freestyle 23.21 23.59 20.02 20.39
100 Freestyle 50.39 51.19 43.87 44.79
200 Freestyle 1:49.52 1:51.69 1:37.04 1:39.19
500 Freestyle 4:53.91 4:59.99 4:25.31 4:31.89
1000 Freestyle 10:00.70 10:16.59 9:10.40 9:26.49
1650 Freestyle 16:46.15 17:16.49 15:26.89 16:37.59
100 Backstroke 54.76 56.69 47.72 49.79
200 Backstroke 1:59.41 2:02.99 1:45.51 1:49.09
100 Breaststroke 1:01.98 1:03.59 :53.87 :56.29
200 Breaststroke 2:15.40 2:19.29 1:57.83 2:02.79
100 Butterfly 54.4 56.19 47.53 48.79
200 Butterfly 2:01.54 2:05.19 1:47.17 1:51.89
200 IM 2:01.61 2:05.29 1:47.48 1:49.79
400 IM 4:22.83 4:28.99 3:51.93 3:59.59
200 Freestyle Relay 1:34.69 1:21.59
400 Freestyle Relay 3:26.69 3:00.59
800 Freestyle Relay 7:32.09 6:39.99
200 Medley Relay 1:43.99 1:29.89
400 Medley Relay 3:48.09 3:18.19

Division III

  Women Men
Event Automatic Consideration Automatic Consideration
50 Freestyle 23.21 23.79 20.18 20.69
100 Freestyle 50.71 51.79 44.54 45.29
200 Freestyle 1:49.95 1:52.39 1:38.27 1:40.19
500 Freestyle 4:54.83 5:01.49 4:27.84 4:33.79
1650 Freestyle 16:56.91 17:36.29 15:33.23 15:51.69
100 Backstroke 55.77 56.99 48.67 50.29
200 Backstroke 2:01.04 2:04.39 1:47.11 1:50.39
100 Breaststroke 1:02.78 1:04.79 54.98 56.29
200 Breaststroke 2:17.31 2:22.89 2:00.34 2:05.09
100 Butterfly 55.23 56.69 48.44 49.49
200 Butterfly 2:03.08 2:05.79 1:48.47 1:51.09
200 IM 2:02.52 2:06.69 1:49.15 1:51.89
400 IM 4:24.55 4:33.39 3:55.38 4:05.09
200 Freestyle Relay 1:35.49 1:22.99
400 Freestyle Relay 3:27.99 3:03.29
800 Freestyle Relay 7:40.69 6:47.99
200 Medley Relay 1:45.19 1:31.89
400 Medley Relay 3:50.29 3:21.39

NAIA

  Women Men
Event Automatic Consideration Automatic Consideration
50 Freestyle 24.24 25.09 20.82 21.69
100 Freestyle 52.63 54.59 45.92 47.29
200 Freestyle 1:54.76 1:59.09 1:41.93 1:45.19
500 Freestyle 5:09.28 5:25.49 4:36.48 4:48.89
1650 Freestyle 17:58.42 18:19.69 16:05.46 17:45.29
100 Backstroke 58.40 1:02.29 51.3 54.29
200 Backstroke 2:07.57 2:16.69 1:51.79 2:02.36
100 Breaststroke 1:06.42 1:10.49 56.57 59.99
200 Breaststroke 2:23.67 2:34.39 2:05.02 2:13.29
100 Butterfly 57.98 1:00.59 50.19 52.69
200 Butterfly 2:10.74 2:17.89 1:52.11 1:57.99
200 IM 2:08.88 2:15.29 1:52.77 1:58.19
400 IM 4:38.37 4:59.09 4:04.45 4:19.99
200 Freestyle Relay 1:40.19 1:26.49
400 Freestyle Relay 3:40.09 3:09.29
800 Freestyle Relay 7:59.99 6:58.39
200 Medley Relay 1:51.89 1:35.39
400 Medley Relay 4:04.09 3:28.49

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iLikePsych
1 month ago

As a programmer I am tickled by the And/Or logic for first and second team honors

Ferb
Reply to  iLikePsych
1 month ago

It actually makes sense. In the unlikely event that more than 8 achieve the automatic standard, there can be more than 8 first team selections, but in no case will there be more than 16 total (first and second team) selections.

iLikePsych
Reply to  Ferb
1 month ago

Well, unless more than 16 people somehow get an A cut in an event

Ferb
1 month ago

Something like this would have made sense for last year. They could even have extended it to a third team, if they wanted to be magnanimous and give swimmers who were close the benefit of the doubt, but making everyone who qualified an All-American cheapened the honor. They had already achieved NC qualifier status, so All-American should have required a higher standard. In fairness though, the CSCAA didn’t have much time to think about it last year.

Last edited 1 month ago by Ferb
SwimFan0101
1 month ago

Are these qualifying standards confirmed by the NCAA?

Admin
Reply to  SwimFan0101
1 month ago

CSCAA All-America awards are not sanctioned or awarded by the NCAA. The CSCAA doesn’t need any confirmation from the NCAA to set a time standard to earn an All-America honor.

If you’re looking for the NCAA Championship time standards, you can read those here for D1: https://swimswam.com/division-i-ncaa-a-b-cuts-remain-the-same-for-2020-2021-season/

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