NCAA Releases 2015 Division I Championship Time Standards

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, July 21. TODAY, the NCAA released time standards for the 2015 NCAA Division I Championships that will take place during back-to-back weeks in North Carolina and Iowa.

The women’s meet is slated for March 19-21 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, while the men’s meet will take place March 26-28 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City, Ia.,

NCAA Division I Time Standards

All of the “A” qualifying times are faster for the 2015 championships, with some dropping more than a second. Others were lowered by a few hundredths. None of the “B” standards changed.

The largest drop in the automatic qualifying time came in the women’s 1650 freestyle. The cut dropped 2.23 seconds from 15:58.41 to 15:56.18. Only 10 women made the “A” cut in the mile last season, and only one less swimmer would have beaten the new qualifying time.

Only one other individual event qualifying time dropped more than a second — the men’s 400 IM, from 3:43.48 to 3:42.40. That’s a 1.08-second improvement for college swimmers to reach for this season.

Men’s A qualifying times (number in parentheses is time improvement from previous season)
50 free: 19.25 (.07)
100 free: 42.51 (.03)
200 free: 1:33.62 (.04)
500 free: 4:14.59 (.70)
1650 free: 14:46.26 (.93)
100 fly: 45.91 (.02)
200 fly: 1:42.85 (.20)
100 back: 45.62 (.25)
200 back: 1:40.88 (.53)
100 breast: 52.29 (.15)
200 breast: 1:53.68 (.42)
200 IM: 1:42.76 (.68)
400 IM: 3:42.40 (1.08)
200 free relay: 1:18.02 (.14)
400 free relay: 2:53.11 (.37)
800 free relay: 6:22.81 (1.38)
200 medley relay: 1:25.63 (.45)
400 medley relay: 3:09.40 (.86)

Women’s A qualifying times (number in parentheses is time improvement from previous season)
50 free: 21.90 (.09)
100 free: 47.85 (.11)
200 free: 1:43.90 (.01)
500 free: 4:36.45 (.56)
1650 free: 15:56.18 (2.23)
100 fly: 51.70 (.20)
200 fly: 1:54.45 (.09)
100 back: 51.63 (.34)
200 back: 1:52.52 (.19)
100 breast: 59.12 (.07)
200 breast: 2:07.70 (.59)
200 IM: 1:55.35 (.37)
400 IM: 4:05.37 (.07)
200 free relay: 1:29.49 (.16)
400 free relay: 3:16.41 (.43)
800 free relay: 7:07.20 (.11)
200 medley relay: 1:37.84 (.17)
400 medley relay: 3:34.25 (.40)

Last year, California beat Texas in a final day surge on the men’s side, while Georgia had too much team depth for the rest of the NCAA on the women’s side. After seeing the new cuts, what do you think is in store in 2015?

For more coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Championships, check out our men’s event coverage page and women’s event coverage page sponsored by Competitor.

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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