As we (eagerly) await USA Swimming’s announcement of the qualifying time standards for the 2016 Olympic Trials, we thought we’d take a look back over the last several Olympic quadrennials.
One of the first things you notice when you look at the time standards is that there hasn’t been a whole lot of movement over the last several quadrennials on the men’s side, whereas the women’s times have –for the most part– gotten steadily faster. The next thing you notice is the 2008 anomaly: men’s time standards got significantly slower and there was no movement at all on the women’s side.
The US Olympic Team Trials of 1992 and 1996 took place in March. In 2000 the meet was moved to August. From there, 2004 Trials took place in July, while the 2008 and 2012 versions went off at the end of June.
Here is a quick view of USA Swimming’s qualifying standards for Olympic Trials from 1996 through 2012. We will fill in the 2016 numbers when they become available: