Hello Everyone,

I am fairly new here to USMS. I have been swimming since July 2023 at age 66. I fell in love with the sport as I got better and began to compete against the other swimmers at the 24HR Gym Pool. I now use most of the to pace myself and those that are faster and better than me I try to catch them and pace myself. I have a goal in 2024, to qualify for USMS nationals. does anyone have any advice on how to attain a qualified time and what they are? This has become a big deal for me. I am trying to do this on my own and training the gym and pool 7 days a week.

Thank you,


  • Hi John, we're glad to have you as a member of USMS! That is a great goal to start the new year. 

    Here are the NQTs for 2024 USMS Spring Nationals, which will be held June 20-24 in at IU Natatorium in Indy (later than usual to overlap with Olympic Trials nearby at Lucas Oil Stadium).

    Or were you referring to 2024 USMS Summer Nationals? That will be August 21-25 just up the road from you in Mission Viejo, CA. We'll be posting details for the event soon (NQTs, order of events, etc).

    I'm glad you're using this as motivation, but just FYI you can swim up to three events at USMS Spring or Summer Nationals without meeting the qualifying times. So if you achieve one of the NQTs, you could swim up to 4 events. Here are FAQs for the NQTs. You can use times from a workout if you have sometime time you, but local meets are fun so hope you get a chance to swim in a few. 

    Hope to see you on deck soon. Keep up the great work!

  • I was surprised to see the wild swing in NQT's for 200 Breaststroke in the different age groups:

    55-59:  3:24.07

    60-64:  4:23.23

    65-69:  3:38.65

    Is this an error in the 60-64 age group or a lucky break for us breaststrokers?

  • The 2024 NQTs include an average the 10th place time from USMS Top Ten for 2021, 2022, and 2023, plus  the conversion factor (15% for 50s and 100s; 10% for 200+). In most events, there were enough results from 2021 that the NQTs balanced out, but there are some outliers such as the 200 breast for the 60-64 age group. 

  • Well, then, I have those 2021 outliers to thank for making it easy to make that NQT!  I don't plan on attending Nationals, though, but it's nice to know I can qualify easily in that event!  Thanks for the info!

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