Times/Time Standards

National Times Verification Information

The primary purpose of the Times Module in SWIMS is to provide a database of all official times that conform with the requirements of Article 102.16.4 & .5 in the USA Swimming Rules and Regulations.  Times within the database provide an equitable and accurate means of proving entry times for all USA Swimming competitions.  With the exception of USA Swimming championship level meets and some other high level national competitions, each LSC is responsible for data entry of times within its geographical boundaries.  It is the coach’s/athlete’s responsibility to confirm that times swum in a competition are entered into SWIMS.


The SWIMS Time Module Policy Manual contains guidelines, information and forms to be used in the operation of the Times part of the SWIMS system.  The policy is in compliance with the USA Swimming Rules and Regulations. To read the document please click on this link: (2009)


There are several different types of meets included in the policy manual.  These include:


   1. Sanctioned Meet
   2. Approved Meet 
   3. Meets where swims are Observed

   4. Foreign Meet

   5. Time Trial


Please refer to the policy manual for specific information regarding these types of competition.


For meets where swims are observed, including high school, college, masters, YM/YWCA or any other meet authorized to have swims observed, each LSC has a National Time Verification officer (NTV) who handles the authorization of the observation process.  For information on the process, please contact the NTV officer in the appropriate LSC.  Times from meets where swims are observed will be entered in the SWIMS database for athlete members of USA Swimming if they are in compliance with USA Swimming technical rules. 
See the differences in rules between various swimming organizations:  Swimming rules:  Common Elements & Differences. 


For questions on the NTV process, contact Suzanne Heath suzanneheath@suddenlink.net, National Times Coordinator, of North CarolinaFor a list of all LSC NTV Officers, please click here. (updated 6/5/09)



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