NAIA Releases 2023-2024 National Championship Qualifying Standards

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 9

September 24th, 2023 College, NAIA, News

The NAIA, a non-NCAA level of American collegiate swimming, has announced its qualifying standards for the 2023-2024 season.

  • The 2024 NAIA National Championships will be held in the Columbus Aquatic Center in Columbus, Georgia from March 6-9, 2024.

The 2024 national championship meet will once again feature 300 swimmers (140 men and 160 women) and 16 divers (8 men and 8 women).

Like the NCAA Championship qualifying standards, the NAIA standards are more motivational than anything in most years. Automatic Qualifying Standards were set based on the average of the 3rd place finisher in finals from the three previous years; if that results in an automatic qualifying time getting slower, the time will instead remain unchanged.

The provisional qualifying standard (in red) is set based on the “A” standard from the 2020 NAIA National Championships.

After qualifying standards underwent major changes in summer 2022, they have remained largely unchanged for 2023-2024.

The Keiser men and women both dominated the 2023 NAIA National Championships; the men won by 150 points while the women won by 331 points. That was the 5th consecutive title for the men and 2nd consecutive title for the women.

SCAD finished in 2nd place in the women’s meet, while St. Thomas (FL) finished 2nd on the men’s side.


  • Swimmers achieving automatic qualifying standards are invited to the meet.
    • Once a swimmer is invited to the meet, he/she can swim two additional individual events, provided they have achieved the provisional time standard in said events.
  • The next fastest swimmers in each event are added until every event has the same number of entries.
    • For example, if the 50 free were to have the most “A” cuts of any event with 5, then every other event would get swimmers with the top 5 fastest times in.
  • Finally, one entry is added to each event to keep the entries per event even. This process is repeated until all the swimming spots (140 for men, 160 for women) are filled.
  • The swimmers with entry times closest to the NAIA AUTOMATIC cut will get added first in the final row, and when the 140th man or 160th woman is added, the process stops.
    • In the case of a tie for the final spot, a “+1” will be added to the meet.
  • Schools with 4 or more qualifiers will be allowed to enter up to 5 relays.
  • An alternate list of 10 swimmers is compiled in case a student-athlete is scratched prior to the meet.
  • In the event an institution enters more than 18 athletes per gender (including alternates) for selection consideration, that institution will be required to submit a final roster declaring the maximum 18 athletes for competition. If an institution does not enter more than the maximum of 18 scorers, then no further action is necessary.


  • Limited to the Top 16 Divers (8 men & 8 women).
  • Divers will count as ½ persons toward overall roster number.
  • If the number of qualified divers is less than 8 in either Gender, no additional spots are available for

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Qualifying Standards






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2 months ago

Wow, this has gotten much faster than my days of NAIA Nationals at OCCC.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

“ NAIA teams have a LOT of scholarship money to give”

That statement is false.

Reply to  I_Said_It
29 days ago

They do have a lot of scholarship money for relatively slow performances. 8 men’s full scholarships, and 8 women’s full scholarships for fully funded programs: PLUS, if one of your full’s gets a GPA over 3.6cum, their money does not count towards the 8. So technically, if the school will pay for it, they have a base of 8 fulls on both sides allowed by the NAIA, that can increase as much as the school will allow for anyone above a 3.6. And yes, the cuts are faster, but they take the top 140/160 swimmers even if they just have a B cut.

2 months ago

St. Thomas University was second in the men’s side in 2023

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2 months ago


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2 months ago

Savannah College of Art & Design

Bama Slama
Reply to  Scott Bonney
2 months ago

strange crazy(expensive) annoying demons

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