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.