USA Swimming Releases Age Group Motivational Times For 2017-2020

USA Swimming has released an updated version of its “motivational times” for the upcoming 2017-2020 quad.

The time standards set varying marks for swimmers of every age group, ranging from B to AAAA based on relative speed within the age group. Each age group has B standards, BB standards, A standards, AA standards, AAA standards and AAAA standards to give swimmers benchmarks for goal-setting and to track improvement. Per USA Swimming’s website: “Here you will find age group time standards designed to encourage age group swimmers to step their swimming up to the next level. These time standards guide you from just starting out in your age group to reaching your highest potential. Start at Level B and work your way up to Level AAAA times.”

You can see how the motivational times are determined here. Though this document is still from the 2012 quad, it lays out the mathematical process for determining the motivational standards for each age group.

There are time standards for both each traditional age group (10&unders, 11-12s, 13-14s, etc) and for each specific age from 10 to 18. USA Swimming has also released a document showing how much each time standard has changed from the previous quad. You can see all of these documents below:

Age Group Motivational Times By Specific Age

Age Group Motivational Times By Age Group

Time Standard Change Analysis

You can find previous years’ standards and further links on the USA Swimming website here.



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When you loose your triple A time:(

Yabo Squandrant

Same, RIP

Ema Brownn



Remind me what having an asterisk next to every single time signifies? Methinks it would make more sense to put the asterisk next to which ever time doesn’t fit with the others.

Ema Brownn

i dunno


Does anybody know why the times for an 11-12 are different from the times for a 12-year old?
For example: 500 Free Short Course Yards AA
11-12 Girls AA: 5:52.49
12 Girls AA: 5:52.09

Why would they be different?
Which one is relevant?

Swim Theory

They’re different because 11 year olds are slower than 12 year olds on average. So a group that includes both 11 and 12 year olds will be slower on average than a group that includes only 12 year olds. The one that’s relevant depends on how you intend to use the time standards. If you want to motivate your kid, then use the “specific age” when your kid is 11 and “age group” when your kid is 12 🙂

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