What Does it Take to Qualify For NCAA’s? List of Cutoff Times from 2013 NCAA Championships

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 3

November 22nd, 2013 College, News

In the Division I NCAA qualifying system, there are “A” standards, which earn an automatic invite to the NCAA Championship meet, and there are “B” standards, which both allow the next X number of swimmers to be invited to the meet, and additionally allows invited swimmers to swim bonus events in which they weren’t invited.

Though nobody is a sure-fire invite until they get an A-cut or until the invite list comes out, every college coach in the country has some idea of the times that might safely earn an invite, even without officially being automatic. For example, a 4:38-high in the women’s 500 free isn’t automatically invited, but it’s pretty close to a ‘sure thing’.

But that grey area gets bigger this year, given how fast everyone seems to already be going mid-season. We’ll have a better idea of where things are shaking out this year in three weeks after all of the mid-year invites are shaking out, but we know the NCAA is expecting things to be faster, based on their ramping up the Automatic Qualifying times significantly.

The general feeling, nation-wide, is that times will be faster this year. There are so many freshmen around the country who are already so fast that it’s hard to imagine many events getting slower.

Below, we’ve laid out the slowest time that was invited in each race (which doesn’t include optional entries from swimmers invited in other races), this year’s automatic qualifying standard, and the number of seniors invited to last year’s meet. That number of seniors should give an idea in each event how many invitees have moved on. Of course, that doesn’t include swimmers like Vlad Morozov who went pro early, or swimmers who are missing this season for injury or transfer, but all-in-all, those things are mostly balanced out by swimmers returning from redshirts or transfers who sat out last season.

We’ve also included the last invitee from last year, mostly for fun because we had the sheets up.

We’ll give an update as the year goes along as to how the cut lines look this year.

If you want to do your own investigations, here’s the psych sheets from last year with invite lines drawn in:


 Men 2012-2013 Invited Time 2013-2014 NCAA Auto Standard Number Invited Number of Seniors Invited Last Inviitee
500 Free 4:18.70 4:15.29 29 7 Nicholas Schwab
200 IM 1:45.08 1:43.38 29 4 Tom Luchsinger
50 Free 19.67 19.32 29 (4-Way Tie Breaker) 9 Caleb Weir
400 IM 3:46.72 3:43.48 29 5 Brad Phillips
100 Fly 46.74 45.93 29 9 Kourosh Ahani
200 Free 1:35.34 1:33.58 29 5 Matthew Barber
100 Breast 53.37 52.54 29 7 David Szele
100 Back 46.95 45.87 29 9 Jacob Jarzen
1650 Free 15:03.07 14:47.19 29 8 Jordan Wilimovsky
200 Back 1:43.03 1:41.41 29 8 Will Gunderson
100 Free 43.14 42.54 29 7 Chase Stephens
200 Breast 1:55.97 1:54.10 29 5 Michael Weiss
200 Fly 1:44.74 1:43.05 29 5 Austin Brown
 Women 2012-2013 Invited Time 2013-2014 NCAA Auto Standard Number Invited Number of Seniors Invited Last Inviitee
500 Free 4:42.90 4:37.01 38 8 Kaitlin Pawlowicz
200 IM 1:58.51 1:55.72 38 6 Courtney Bartholomew
50 Free 22.45 21.99 38 13 Carly Tanner
400 IM 4:11.92 4:05.44 38 4 Abby Chin
100 Fly 52.99 51.9 38 11 Lily Moldenhauer
200 Free 1:46.10 1:43.91 38 10 Anna Patterson
100 Breast 1:00.72 59.19 38 12 Shannon O’Malley
100 Back 53.21 51.97 38 12 Yumi So
1650 Free 16:19.32 15:58.41 38 11 Menjiao Mi
200 Back 1:54.79 1:52.71 38 9 Annie Harrison
100 Free 49.00 47.96 38 13 Harper Bruens
200 Breast 2:11.44 2:08.29 38 10 Gisselle Kohoyda
200 Fly 1:57.49 1:54.54 38 10 Stephanie Christofferson

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Hulk Swim
9 years ago

My guess is it’ll be much faster this year on the women’s side with a fantastic crop of freshman…

Richard Henderson
9 years ago

Thank you Braden, very timely and useful!

9 years ago

Love to see the same for DII and DIII.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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