The 2019-20 NCAA Division II time standards are now official, and the women’s cuts continue to get faster.
This season, 17 of the 28 individual women’s cuts have been made faster, 7 A cuts and 8 B cuts. On the men’s side, only the 1000 and 1650 free A cuts have been changed along with 6 B cuts to total just 8 faster updates. All the relay provisional standards for both genders have been upgraded this season as well.
During the 2018-19 season, the men experienced 18 faster cuts while the women had 15 faster times.
Another major difference between both genders is the men experienced just 4 slower cut updates, the 100/200 back, 200 fly, and 200 IM A cuts. The women did not experience any slower updates, only the 28 faster updates or have remained the same from last season.
One eye-popping similarity that both genders had in the time updates were faster 1000/1650 free A and B cuts. While all the possible 1650 free cuts dropped by 3 seconds, this only comes out to a -0.3% time change. To put that in context, that -0.3% difference would equate to the women’s 50 free A cut to change from 22.90 down to 22.84.
2019-20 NCAA Division II Time Standards
- Times updated faster are in bold, slower updates are in italics*
|A Standard||B Standard||Event||A Standard||B Standard|
|N/A||1:21.20||200 free relay||N/A||1:34.21|
|N/A||2:59.60||400 free relay||N/A||3:25.84|
|N/A||6:36.77||800 free relay||N/A||7:29.84|
|N/A||1:28.85||200 medley relay||N/A||1:43.24|
|N/A||3:16.58||400 medley relay||N/A||3:46.75|
Below are the official 2019-20 documents:
The 2020 NCAA Division II Championships are set to take place in Geneva, OH from March 11-14. Currently, both the men and women of Queens (N.C.) have 5 consecutive team titles under their belts and both will chase down title #6 this season. Coming in this season as the #2 and #3 men’s teams are Delta State and Indy while the women of Drury and West Chester are aiming to defend their 2019 top 3 spots.