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:
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.