USA Swimming Releases 2022 International Team Trials Standards

USA Swimming has released the time standards for its 2022 International Team Trials meet this coming April.

Scheduled for April 26-30, 2022, the International Team Trials will take place in Greensboro, N.C., and will serve as a qualifier for the 2022 FINA World Championships, the 2022 World Junior Championships and the 2022 World University Games.

The gap between the Trials and the World Championships will notably be just two weeks, with Worlds slated to begin on May 13. The World Championships, which will take place in Fukuoka, Japan, were originally scheduled for 2021 but were postponed to May 2022 because of the pandemic and subsequent Olympic postponement.

2022 TIME STANDARDS

The meet also has specified time standards for 18 & under swimmers:

The majority of the time standards fall somewhere in between the original time standards for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, which turned into the Wave I cuts for the 2021 Trials, and the Wave II standards.

The men’s and women’s 800 and 1500 freestyle events are the only two that are the same as the Wave I cuts.

2022 Trials vs Olympic Trials Cuts

Men Women
OTs Wave I Cut OTs Wave II Cut 2022 Cut Event 2022 Cut OTs Wave II Cut OTs Wave I Cut
23.19 22.71 22.79 50 Free 25.79 25.65 25.99
50.49 49.74 49.89 100 Free 55.89 55.56 56.29
1:50.79 1:49.65 1:50.09 200 Free 2:01.29 2:00.24 2:01.69
3:57.29 3:54.21 3:55.79 400 Free 4:16.09 4:13.28 4:16.89
8:12.99 8:08.95 8:12.99 800 Free 8:48.09 8:44.01 8:48.09
15:44.89 15:35.76 15:44.89 1500 Free 16:49.19 16:44.60 16:49.19
56.59 55.51 55.89 100 Back 1:02.09 1:01.49 1:02.69
2:02.99 2:00.81 2:02.39 200 Back 2:14.19 2:12.94 2:14.69
1:03.29 1:01.97 1:02.49 100 Breast 1:10.39 1:09.55 1:10.99
2:17.89 2:15.28 2:16.29 200 Breast 2:32.39 2:30.49 2:33.29
54.19 53.37 53.69 100 Fly 1:00.39 59.59 1:00.69
2:01.19 1:59.63 2:00.79 200 Fly 2:14.19 2:12.56 2:14.59
2:04.09 2:03.02 2:03.49 200 IM 2:16.59 2:15.26 2:17.39
4:25.99 4:23.24 4:25.79 400 IM 4:50.79 4:47.72 4:51.79

The same holds true when comparing the 2022 standards to the last National Championship meet in 2019. The standards all got faster except for the 800 and 1500 free.

2019 Nationals vs 2022 Trials Cuts (LCM)

Men Women
2019 Cut 2022 Cut Event 2022 Cut 2019 Cut
23.19 22.79 50 Free 25.79 25.99
50.49 49.89 100 Free 55.89 56.39
1:51.39 1:50.09 200 Free 2:01.29 2:01.79
3:57.79 3:55.79 400 Free 4:16.09 4:16.89
8:12.99 8:12.99 800 Free 8:48.09 8:48.09
15:44.89 15:44.89 1500 Free 16:49.19 16:49.19
56.79 55.89 100 Back 1:02.09 1:02.99
2:03.29 2:02.39 200 Back 2:14.19 2:15.59
1:03.29 1:02.49 100 Breast 1:10.39 1:10.99
2:18.09 2:16.29 200 Breast 2:32.39 2:33.79
54.49 53.69 100 Fly 1:00.39 1:00.89
2:01.69 2:00.79 200 Fly 2:14.19 2:14.59
2:04.69 2:03.49 200 IM 2:16.59 2:17.99
4:26.89 4:25.79 400 IM 4:50.79 4:53.19

The majority of yards cuts got faster as well, with only the 1000 free (qualifier for the 800 free) getting slower. Large drops came in the men’s 200 breast (3.2 seconds), 200 back (2.7 seconds) and the women’s 500 free (2.2 seconds).

2019 Nationals vs 2022 Trials Cuts (SCY)

Men Women
2019 Cut 2022 Cut Event 2022 Cut 2019 Cut
19.79 19.59 50 Free 22.29 22.29
43.09 42.89 100 Free 48.59 48.89
1:35.59 1:34.29 200 Free 1:45.29 1:45.89
4:19.39 4:17.99 400 Free 4:41.59 4:43.79
9:04.99 9:06.79 1000 Free 9:51.69 9:48.09
15:10.09 15:03.59 1650 Free 16:17.59 16:18.09
46.79 46.49 100 Back 52.59 53.29
1:44.79 1:42.09 200 Back 1:54.09 1:55.39
53.39 52.89 100 Breast 1:00.19 1:00.69
1:58.29 1:55.09 200 Breast 2:10.09 2:11.69
47.29 46.29 100 Fly 52.49 52.99
1:45.09 1:43.69 200 Fly 1:56.39 1:57.79
1:45.19 1:44.49 200 IM 1:56.99 1:58.29
3:46.99 3:45.99 400 IM 4:10.49 4:12.09

The qualifying period for the meet began on January 1, 2021, and will run through until the entry deadline.

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Eric
6 months ago

can someone help me come up with some reasons to go to the trials in person instead of going to school plz?

DrSwimPhil
11 months ago

Honestly, given the unique circumstances with the days/year of World Champs, USA Swimming should’ve changed the qualifying procedure to something similar to NCAA invite times (i.e. a specific cut-off date to allow to accumulate the best swims, and top 2 swims in each even at that point get the invite). This is probably going to be a disaster for a lot of swimmers at both the college and high school ages that are at this level.

IHAC swimmer
11 months ago

When I went to trials in 2012 the cut for 100 fly was 55 low and 200 was 203.99. What is the biggest change in swimming to have world champ trials being so much faster than oly trial cuts when I swam?

swimfast
11 months ago

Hardest cut? Ready, go:

Last edited 11 months ago by swimfast
NCAA>ISL
11 months ago

Where were these released? I can’t find them on the USAS website

Mike Hawk
11 months ago

These better not be the trials cuts for 2024

Hswimmer
Reply to  Mike Hawk
11 months ago

Probably will be even faster

Mike Hawk
Reply to  Hswimmer
11 months ago

That would be an extreme drop compared to wave 1 cuts

HJones
11 months ago

College swimmers are gonna have to put in some WORK this year to try to nail 3 full tapers in a 6-week (7-week for women) span. Could we see some guys opt out of NCAAs? This honestly could’ve been a situation in which pre-selecting swimmers from Olympic results would have been advantageous–I’d be strict, so maybe only individual gold medalists.

Admin
Reply to  HJones
11 months ago

I don’t know if we’ll see anybody opt out of NCAAs. But I suspect we’ll see some non-tapers or very short drop-tapers.

It will depend in part on how realistic people are about their chances of making the team. The good news is that it’s just another year before the next one.

Steve Nolan
11 months ago

Some of the LCM standards are the same for 18&Us, even though the SCY cuts are slower?

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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