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

Anya Pelshaw
by Anya Pelshaw 17

November 16th, 2022 College, News

Originally published August 6, 2022

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:


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


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.

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

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

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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18 days ago

If you swim @ NCAA, you should be tested.
It’s time to do a reality check, friends.

14 days ago

Mike in Dallas.. The Majority of the A finalist at NCAA’s represent there respective country’s national teams, They are drug tested at a ridicules level. At the highest level at NCAA’s it’s probably the cleanest sport.

Midseason Time
18 days ago

With the amount of non-returners in specific events, invite times should stay close to or a little faster than what they were last year. Don’t expect huge drops as in last year’s case.

3 months ago

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

Last edited 3 months ago by PFA
Chlorine Cole
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

Reply to  Chlorine Cole
18 days ago

I have no idea, but I am curious what steroid clears your system in less than 6 days. Are we talking only urine tests here?

Reply to  Erik
18 days ago

Many glucocorticoids (like prednisone) have a half-life of only a few hours, so those would easily clear your system in 6 days.

That being said….if you can’t get a doc to write you a prescription for prednisone, you really aren’t trying.

Chanandler Bong
Reply to  Braden Keith
17 days ago

Wow, what are you really saying here Braden? This comment is a the basis for an article if you are saying what I think you’re saying. And honestly if you don’t write about this now that you are hinting at it…well….then your advertising department is running your editorial. I don’t think it’s fair to suggest that kids are doping as if that’s the only way they are swimming fast. You’re part of the problem if you aren’t part of the solution. As the editor in chief of this fine publication, you have a larger duty to this topic than throwing shade in the comments.

Reply to  Chanandler Bong
17 days ago

That’s a big reach amigo. I answered a specific question that was answered.

I’m on the record several times saying that I think the biggest drivers of young swimmers getting so fast is better athletes in the sport and improvements in coaching education.

Chanandler Bong
Reply to  Braden Keith
17 days ago

Duly noted. But a throwaway comment like that implicates everyone whether you mean it to or not. So if there’s a story there, follow up. If there isn’t… then don’t imply there is.

Reply to  Chanandler Bong
17 days ago

Which story? That prednisone is overprescribed? That it has a short half life? Those stories have been done hundreds of times.

Chanandler Bong
Reply to  Braden Keith
17 days ago

Are lots of NCAA Athletes doping? Or not? If they are, write a story. If they aren’t, then don’t joke about it in the comments.

I’ll go touch some grass now 🙄

Reply to  Chanandler Bong
17 days ago

I’m still confused as to where you think I said there are lots of NCAA athletes doping, or where you think I made a joke.

Last edited 17 days ago by Braden Keith
Georgia Rambler
Reply to  Braden Keith
17 days ago

Well you might also mention that prednisone has some nasty side effects including A-fib. Have taken large doses several times for severe bronchitis and it does not make you feel good.

Reply to  Chanandler Bong
17 days ago

Chanandler Bong seems like he’s new to conversations. Touch some grass bud.

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Anya Pelshaw

Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Government & Law and Economics at Lafayette College. There she is …

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