USA Swimming Releases 2019 Summer Nationals Cuts

USA Swimming has published the full set of time standards for the 2019 Phillips 66 National Championships, the last summer national championship meet before 2020 Olympic Trials.

USA Swimming’s stats account tweeted out the cuts this afternoon. You can see them below:

The 2019 National Championships will take place from July 31 through August 4, 2019 in Palo Alto, California, according to USA Swimming’s most recent Quad Plan. The meet will likely be without a lot of the nation’s biggest stars, who will be competing instead at the 2019 World Championships (July 21-28), World University Games (July 3-14) or Pan American Games (August 6-10).

The announcement of the 2019 cuts comes one day before USA Swimming’s announcement of the 2020 Olympic Trials cuts, which are supposed to be revealed Thursday night.

Qualifying for the 2019 National meet officially started in June. Swims from June 1, 2018 through the meet’s entry deadline will be eligible to qualify for 2019 Nationals. 2019 Nationals will be the only National meet within the 2020 Olympic Trials qualifying window – that’s a change from past seasons, where the qualifying window was wider. USA Swimming narrowed its 2020 Olympic Trials qualifying period to start this November 28, in an effort to slow the overcrowding of athletes that has characterized the last few Olympic Trials meets.

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These times are faster than the 2016 Olympic Trials cuts across the board by .10-.5. How fast are the new trials cuts going to be?

Fast. I think a lot of people are going to look at them and both scratch their heads, and start yelling at their monitors. USA Swimming is trying to shore up the meet, reduce its size, reduce sessions, reduce ‘tourists’ who qualify so they don’t have to buy a ticket… It will be interesting to see how it plays out. Reducing the field sizes improves its sense as a ‘meet truly designed to choose the ~50 member Olympic team’ and gives it some extra cache there. But, OT qualifying times have been a big motivator for a lot of young swimmers (evident by the fact that so few swimmers swim best times at OTs), and family makes up a huge… Read more »


An age minimum might be nice, say 15.

Mr. F

I feel like that would only hurt the meet. Katie Ledecky was barely 15 when she burst onto the scene and made the Olympic Team in 2012. Amanda Beard won medals at the Atlanta games when she was 14. And let’s not forget about Phelps, who was 15 and made the team. While 2 of the 3 listed above do fall inside your age range, restricting the meet from younger swimmers would limit the talent pool, especially on the women’s side, and hurt youth development (because what good is going after a Trials cut if you can’t swim there). I think the Qualifying period limit to a year before the meet or so is a great way to limit the… Read more »


Anita Nall broke the world record in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke, as a 15-year-old at the U.S. Olympic trials. (To add to your young achievers mentioned.)


And Beth Botsford was 14 when she qualified in both backstrokes


Let’s not forget, the primary purpose of the meet is to select the Olympic Team. Age should have nothing to do with that.


That is the immediate goal, yes.
But there is a long game, too. Some of the young, rising starts might not yet be able to make an Olympic team, but getting first-hand experience of the Olympic Trials could be useful in later Trials, when they are legit contenders.


Yup – agree 100%. All the more reason not to put an age limit on OT qualifiers.


Yeh, and keep those Katie lesecky’s and Michael Phelps off the team


Letting kids be kids a bit longer. Similar to eliminating tech suits for younger swimmers. Improved mental health in the long run maybe?


God i dislike USA Swimming more by the day.


Gee, Mark Spitz would not qualify for the 100 meter freestyle with his 72 Olympics.

phelps swims 200 breast rio

And neither the 200 free, but he would have still qualified in the 100/200 fly

King Kay

I believe USA Swimming wanting to significantly cut down participants for Olympic Trials is a mistake in regards to the future development and experience of younger swimmers. Doing some anecdotal research here, Caeleb Dressel qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials when he was 15/16 years old. He qualified with a 23.45 when the cut was 23.49. He was near the bottom of the entry list at the time. He finished near the bottom as well by adding .42. My point is, would he have been the same swimmer if he did not get the opportunity to swim at the 2012 Olympic Trials? My opinion is no, he would not. He earned the right to be there even though the cuts… Read more »

Byron Foster

That’s totally sound thinking, these athletes spend how much time prepping? Years, and then are eliminated on the basis of age, that’s wrong


Reducing “tourists” is a sure way to lose out on good $$$ that first and most likely only time qualifiers are sure to spend. I think making them too fast, along with a shortened qualifying period will kill development for 2024


These tourists don’t pay to watch swimming because they are swimmers. They lose money if they allow too many of them.


their families do, and they pay a steep price at that for tickets, memorabilia, etc.

Sean Justice

Maybe the trails cuts will be faster in the distance events than they where in 1996!!!


Be honest, how many people actually make the olympic team outside the circle seeds?!? Does track have 70+ in each of their events? I doubt it. I know usa swimming wants to fill the stadium but track fills their venue just on pure spectators!


If they want to fill the stands with spectators rather than families they need to choose a better location than Omaha. The city is certainly not a draw.


iTs sO uNdDeRrAtEd aNd HaS aLoT tO oFfEr


Heyward Field, where the major Track events are held, seats about 8500. Omaha seats about 14,000…Considering a fair number of spectators in track are still families and friends of athletes I expect the spectator numbers are pretty similar. I also base this on going to grand prix type events in both sports, and seeing similar crowd turn outs (though admittedly, it’s been about a decade since I went to any for track). As for not having 70+ in each event – In 2016 US Track and Field won 22.69% of the total olympic medals. Swimming won 32.35% of the total medals. In Olympic events, Americans hold 22.69% of the WRs in track (we won’t talk about the fact that 7… Read more »


Oh, and I forgot…track has the opportunity to send approximately 50% more athletes than swimming and still has lower success rates


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