Minnesota Grand Prix Entries Opened Up With Revised B-Standards

  12 Braden Keith | October 11th, 2012 | Arena Pro Swim Series, National, News

USA Swimming has revised the B-standards for the Minneapolis Grand Prix and opened up registration to swimmers with those B-standards beginning today, October 11th, at noon Central Time.

See here for the new standards.

These new times are drastically slower than the original standards (those can be seen here in the standards that still apply to all of the other Grand Prixs). Times dropped as much as 5-6 seconds in 100 and 200 yard events, up to 24 seconds in the 400 IM and almost a minute in the 1650 freestyle.

This would seem to speak to the fact that with severely juiced-up “A” standards under the new qualifying system, USA Swimming didn’t get many inquiries from swimmers who had hit the mandatory times for early registration. Under the new qualifying procedure, with the meet a month away (November 9th-11th at the University of Minnesota) entries are now available to swimmers with “B” standards until the 600 swimmer cap is hit.

With this Grand Prix being the only one in the fall, and being held in yards in the middle of the college season, it tends to be more lightly-attended from the pro ranks anyway. We haven’t noticed many NCAA teams with this meet on their schedules thus far either, which is where the bulk of the country’s swimmers who have hit the standards compete. This would make sense, because it’s harder for a college coach to commit to these meets when there is uncertainty about qualifying standards or whether they will register early enough to fit under the 600 swimmer cap.

The new standards only apply to the Minneapolis Grand Prix, for now, and the B-standards remain at the tougher level for all of the other Grand Prixs.

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Looks like the links are broken for the old time standards and for the new ones. Where else can we look?

Maybe the intent is to have smaller meets, less time at pool (similar to FINA meets?)

If I have to fly across the nation or drive 6 hours in my case, I’m okay with a slightly longer prelims session. BUT that is why there are A and B flights, you can get you NT out of there and rested for finals. It hasn’t been that long since there are group days and it wouldn’t hurt for the these elites (not to be confused with elitists) to deal like the rest of us do on a weekend to weekend basis. Those who are getting money from USA Swimming should be able to tolerate a few extra bodies for the money they make.

I’m all for making some of these meets a bit smaller, but this is too far.


Last year SwimMAC hosted an “in between” session meet for regional athletes and for kids who wanted to travel with their clubs but didn’t make the UltraSwim cut. Cuts for the “in between” were slower than the actual GP meet. They were able to watch finals, see some fast swimming and get the gift bag, GP atmosphere etc. It was win-win. Hope that the same happens this year.


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