USA Swimming Releases 2012 US Open Qualifying Standards

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 6

September 22nd, 2011 National

As we reported last week, USA Swimming decided last week at the USA Swimming Convention in Jacksonville, Florida that it would only accept long course meters times for qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Open Championship meet.

USA Swimming has released the qualifying times for that meet, and they held to their word in that all times are in meters (and identical to the 2012 Olympic Trials qualifying standards). The hope is to cut down on the number of qualifiers from this summer’s Championship, which was by far the biggest on record. Up to 30% of the qualifying times at this year’s meet were done in yards.

The meet, which by being “open” is available to swimmers of all nationalities, will serve as the summer-ending taper for all non-Olympians next summer. It will also be the selection meet for the for the 2013 World University Games squad and the 2012-2013 Junior National Team.

Qualifying for the meet began January 1, 2010, which coincides with the worldwide ban on polyurethane suits.

Click here to see the full list of U.S. Open Qualifying Times.

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9 years ago

Should be a fast meet! I don’t see any differences between these standards and the Trials standards

9 years ago

I understand from sources who attended, there is discussion to significantly tighten standards, particularly junior nats. It is my opinion that rather than tighten standards at the junior nat level, it is time for USA-S to review bringing back the two-meet system. It is my opinion that USA-S needs to research two options for the Junior Nat meet – Standards – create a standard which will be kept intact for a minimum of 2 years for Junior and “Senior” Nats. At the conclusion of the 2 years, if standards need to be adjusted, do so. (OT standards should be set for 4 years). Give swimmers, coaches time to work into the standards. Meet format for Juniors – revisit the two-meet… Read more »

9 years ago

Wow, that is going to be a fast meet. I don’t see the point of calling it the U.S. Open when the standards are OTC…

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of 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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