USA Swimming Announces 2022 Winter Junior Cuts

USA Swimming has announced the time standards for the 2022 Winter Juniors Championship Meets. The meets are scheduled to take place from December 7-10, 2022, although locations have not yet been determined. 

See the new time standards below:

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The time standards are around the same times that they were last year. The biggest change is that no short course meters (SCM) time standards are listed for the 2022 meets, whereas the 2021 standards included a SCM time. 

On the girls side, four out of the 17 short course yards (SCY) time standards stayed the same. Ten out of the 14 long course meters (LCM) time standards stayed the same. The biggest overall changes were in the distance freestyle events as the 1500 LCM freestyle got faster by 3.9 seconds and the 800 LCM freestyle got faster by 2.6 seconds. Most of the 100s got faster by less than 0.5 seconds, and most of the 200s got faster by less than 1 second.

On the boys side, the only SCY time that stayed the same was the 1000 freestyle. Six out of the 14 LCM time standards stayed the same. The biggest change was in the 1650 SCY freestyle as the cut got faster by 3.1 seconds. Just like the girls, most of the 100s got faster by less than 0.5 seconds, and most of the 200s got faster by less than 1 second.

Most of the “Bonus” cuts also got faster. These “Bonus” cuts allow for a swimmer to swim more than just events that they have the faster cut in. Athletes are allowed to swim up to additional two events outside of the events they have the standard qualifying time in, as long as they have achieved the published “Bonus” cut.

The Winter Juniors Championships Meets bring together some of the top 18 & Under swimmers in the country. It could be considered the “mid-season” version of a college season for club swimmers. There are two locations for the meets, one considered to be the “East” location and one considered to be the “West” location. The meet is prelim and finals format. 

The 2021 Winter Juniors Championships were highlighted by Thomas Heilman who continued to break National Age Group records breaking a total of 14 within an 11 day span. The “West” location was on average the faster site, although Heilman was at the “East” location. Olympians Katie Grimes and Bella Sims highlighted the “West” meet.

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Ben
1 month ago

Can you go if you only have the relay cut?

PhillyMark
4 months ago

What is the ‘Bonus’ time standard? Is that like a B cut for NCAA?

jeff
Reply to  PhillyMark
4 months ago

Kinda yeah, anyone with at least 1 “A” cut is also eligible to swim any event in which they meet the bonus time standard too

huuuuhuh
4 months ago

what are the second ones? bonus times?

BKP
4 months ago

Ugh, almost a full year wait for this meet…is there another “big” junior meet prior to this?

Anonymous
Reply to  BKP
4 months ago

summer junior nats in cali

HJones
Reply to  BKP
4 months ago

NCSA Champs in March is an unofficial “Spring Junior Nationals” since USA Swimming doesn’t have one anymore. Usually ends up being just as fast as Winter Juniors, and probably a bit deeper now that Winter JRs are split.

swimapologist
Reply to  HJones
4 months ago

Did you look at Winter Jrs results from December??

NCSAs is a nice meet. But I don’t think it’s at Winter Jrs level, even split.

flyguy4910
4 months ago

Each meat will still be massive

NONA
Reply to  flyguy4910
4 months ago

If the water’s too cold it may impact the size of the meat

Big Mac #1
Reply to  NONA
4 months ago

Comment of the day

SigmaAlphaBetaMale
Reply to  flyguy4910
4 months ago

My meat is small though

matt
4 months ago

boys breaststroke is 56.1! bru

clocks
Reply to  matt
4 months ago

Too Fast

Anonymous
Reply to  matt
4 months ago

Not a big change considering juniors in high school went 53 this year!!! Considering they could possibly go 52 next year. Would be great to watch Will Heck, Logan Brown, and Will Scholtz all race each other!

matt
Reply to  matt
4 months ago

the cut time has dropped like 1.5 seconds in this event from three yrs ago

matt
Reply to  matt
4 months ago

1.3 seconds faster than 2018 jr nats cut

Scotty P
4 months ago

Kids these days…..they get so FAST

Cate Campbell‘s asthma inhaler
Reply to  Scotty P
4 months ago

With Ketamine and TUEs, everything is possible.

Apathetic
Reply to  Cate Campbell‘s asthma inhaler
4 months ago

Ketamine??

Qqq
Reply to  Apathetic
4 months ago

I hadn’t heard about that either until my kids coach came back from the last Jr Nats meet talking about it being common among some top teams. Something about pain relieving properties for training recovery.

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  Qqq
4 months ago

As a Schedule III controlled substance, Ketamine use in athletes, esp. younger athletes, is just asking for a TON of trouble. Basically used as an anesthetic, off label uses are something that are, at best, questionable, and, at worst, positively dangerous.

Joel
Reply to  Cate Campbell‘s asthma inhaler
4 months ago

So you are picking on Campbell, but not Dressel with 8 TUEs?

jamesjabc
Reply to  Joel
4 months ago

Americans are allowed unlimited TUEs because they’re the best. Didn’t you know?

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