What Will it Take to Qualify for the 2023 NCAA Division I Championships?

The NCAA recently announced their NCAA ‘A’ and ‘B’ Division I time standards for the upcoming 2022-2023 season. This upcoming season, 15 ‘A’ times got faster compared to just six in the year prior.

This past season, Virginia won a back-to-back national title and the Cal men took back the crown after Texas had won in 2021. This upcoming season, the women’s meet will take place in Knoxville, Tennessee while the men’s meet will occur in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The NCAA allows 235 swimming spots for men and 281 swimming spots for women for individual events at the NCAA Division 1 Swimming & Diving Championships. These numbers don’t include relay-only swimmers.

Each team is also limited to bringing 18 athletes, with divers counting as half. If a team qualifies more than 18 athletes, a situation which happened this past season to both the Texas and NC State men, they must cut athletes to get down to 18 total.

Swimmers automatically qualify if they achieve one of the ‘A’ cuts seen below. The ‘B’ cuts are used for consideration and one swimmer is added to each event until the swimming athlete cap of 235 for men and 281 for women is filled.

The new A and B standards for the 2022-2023 season are:

Swimming

MEN’S B STANDARD MEN’S A STANDARD SWIMMING WOMEN’S A STANDARD WOMEN’S B STANDARD
19.82 18.88 50 free 21.66 22.71
43.59 41.64 100 free 47.18 49.44
1:35.88 1:31.98 200 free 1:42.84 1:47.12
4:22.35 4:11.40 500 free 4:35.76 4:47.20
15:26.19 14:37.31 1650 free 15:52.41 16:30.59
47.23 44.82 100 fly 50.92 53.69
1:46.31 1:40.20 200 fly 1:52.86 1:59.23
47.59 44.79 100 back 50.89 53.91
1:44.82 1:39.13 200 back 1:50.50 1:57.07
53.87 51.4 100 breast 58.1 1:01.56
1:57.95 1:51.54 200 breast 2:06.18 2:13.89
1:46.52 1:41.22 200 IM 1:53.66 1:59.56
3:51.31 3:39.16 400 IM 4:03.62 4:17.30
1:17.58 1:16.80 200 free relay 1:28.43 1:29.21
2:52.44 2:50.52 400 free relay 3:14.10 3:16.32
6:20.41 6:16.02 800 free relay 7:00.86 7:05.88
1:24.42 1:23.76 200 medley relay 1:36.24 1:37.02
3:06.84 3:04.96 400 medley relay 3:31.38 3:33.54

Diving

MEN’S ZONES DIVING WOMEN’S ZONES
300 1-Meter 265/220*
320 3-Meter 280/235*
300 Platform 225

*Denotes 6/5 dive qualifying standards

After going into the 41st female swimmer in 2021, this past season the cutline was about 39 swimmers. On the men’s side, the line was about 32 in 2021 and 31 in 2022. See the exact time it took to receive an invite over the last four years below.

2019 INVITE TIME 2020 INVITE TIME 2021 INVITE TIME 2022 INVITE TIME EVENT (SCY) 2019 INVITE TIME 2020 INVITE TIME 2021 INVITE TIME 2022 INVITE TIME
19.35 19.32 19.46 19.28 50 free 22.23 22.21 22.32 22.16
42.53 42.57 42.88 42.34 100 free 48.56 48.51 48.76 48.44
1:34.21 1:34.07 1:34.04 1:33.08 200 free 1:45.12 1:45.23 1:46.25 1:45.42
4:16.04 4:16.49 4:16.75 4:14.96 500 free 4:40.96 4:41.20 4:44.77 4:43.08
14:54.05 14:57.07 15:01.33 14:55.21 1650 free 16:14.21 16:17.45 16:25.47 16:16.47
45.9 45.97 46.29 45.57 100 fly 52.34 52.34 52.7 52.35
1:42.35 1:43.18 1:43.47 1:42.42 200 fly 1:56.18 1:56.06 1:57.42 1:56.14
46.06 46.22 46.37 45.87 100 back 52.46 52.73 53.01 52.46
1:41.31 1:41.49 1:41.81 1:40.92 200 back 1:54.01 1:53.99 1:55.05 1:53.97
52.52 52.46 52.4 52.2 100 breast 59.93 59.98 1:00.12 59.87
1:54.04 1:54.03 1:54.28 1:53.23 200 breast 2:09.77 2:10.12 2:10.37 2:09.15
1:43.82 1:43.79 1:44.15 1:43.36 200 IM 1:56.76 1:57.31 1:57.62 1:56.85
3:43.42 3:44.36 3:45.67 3:43.50 400 IM 4:10.00 4:10.39 4:13.19 4:11.60

As seen in the chart above, every 2022 invite time was faster than it was during the 2021 season. This was mostly expected as COVID-19 limited many athletes during the 2020-2021 season as well as the fact that Arizona State and the whole Ivy League did not compete during the 2020-2021 season. In addition, almost all of the invite times from 2022 were the fastest they have been over the last four years.

Below are the top 10 (13 for women as there was a tie for 10th) schools that qualified the most athletes for 2022 NCAAs.

Top 10 Schools to Qualify the Most Female Swimmers

SCHOOL NUMBER QUALIFIED
Tennessee 16
Louisville 15
Georgia 14
Stanford 14
Virginia 14
NC State 14
California 13
Wisconsin 12
Ohio St 12
Michigan 10
Kentucky 10
Alabama 10
Auburn 10

Top 10 Schools to Qualify the Most Male Swimmers

SCHOOL NUMBER QUALIFIED
Texas 19
California 18
NC State 18
Florida 15
Arizona St 12
Stanford 10
Louisville 9
Indiana 9
Southern Cali 9
Virginia 9

 

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PFA
12 days ago

Being engaged. Jk just wanted to have an excuse to mention that but congrats Carson and Meredith!

Last edited 12 days ago by PFA
Chlorine Cole
12 days ago

They really need to start drug testing more. On my team in 2014, we had 5 guy swimmers taking a banned steroid. The coach notified them 6 days before they were going to be tested. They stopped for a couple days and cleaned out their system. Long story short, they were not caught. This is a sensitive topic- but also needs to be discussed!

PVS swimmer
Reply to  Chlorine Cole
12 days ago

I would be very interested to know what the estimated percentage of NCAA qualifiers that have used PED’s is. PED usage seems to be common among elite athletes in other sports, but swimming has avoided association with PED use for decades as track and field, weightlifting, cycling, and other sports have been rocked by doping scandals

Grant Drukker
Reply to  Chlorine Cole
12 days ago

I’ve anecdotally heard stories of teams even bragging about it. Just stopping a couple days/week before the meets.

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