USA Swimming Revises 18 & Under Spring Cup Standards to Match Sectionals Cuts

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 4

April 09th, 2024 Club, News

USA Swimming has released revised time standards for the 2024 18 & Under Spring Cup. The new time standards are equal to the 2023 Sectionals time standards.

A spokesperson from USA Swimming says that the standards were “adjusted in conjunction with the hosts to reflect the changes we are seeing between 2021 utilization and 2024 utilization.”

While USA Swimming declined to share registration numbers for the meets, they did say that because there are generally more long course racing opportunities for this year than there were in 2021, they “decided to relax the standards to allow more athletes the opportunity to race in these meets.”

That indicates lower registration numbers than expected for the 2024 events.

The meets, which were first envisioned during the COVID-19 pandemic to give swimmers more long course racing opportunities in the leadup to the Olympics, will take place at three regional locations around the US: one in Elkhart, Indiana; one in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and one in Mesa, Arizona. All three locations are scheduled for May 2-5.

Each of the three sites are due to be capped at “approximately 800 swimmers.” The entry deadline is April 23, 2024 at Noon Mountain Time, and the qualification period opened on December 1, 2022.

A psych sheet for the Ft. Lauderdale meet shows 226 swimmers entered as of Tuesday morning.

The new standards are around 2.5-3.5% slower than the old standards.

Revised 18 & Under Spring Cup Standards:


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Coach David
1 month ago

What psych sheet?

Iambic Pentameter
1 month ago

I’d love to know who at USA Swimming made the decision to host a meet for 18&U swimmers the weekend before AP exams start.

swim mom 2
Reply to  Iambic Pentameter
1 month ago

This is a big reason why my daughter’s team is not going

Reply to  Iambic Pentameter
1 month ago

Bruh you think they think that deep?

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