USA Swimming releases standards for 2023 Pro Swim Series

USA Swimming has set the time standards for the 2023 Pro Swim Series which begins in January in Knoxville.

While several events have faster standards than they did this year, two stand out as being significantly faster: the women’s 800 and 1500 meter freestyle. Last year, the 800 freestyle long distance standard was 9:06.69 and the 1500 long distance standard was 17:25.59. This year, those times fell to 9:04.09 and 17:21.69. Ironically, the yardage norm didn’t change in either case.

These big drops in the women’s free distance standards mirror similar improvements in the Olympic Trials standards, which came out earlier this year. The women’s freestyle distance events were among the least popular events in the already thin Pro Swim Series fields last season. For example, at the March stop in Westmont, Illinois, there were only two entries in the women’s 1,500 freestyle and only four in the 800 freestyle.

Other meetings saw slightly better attendance, but not by much. San Antonio had seven entries in the 1500 and 12 entries in the 800; and at Mission Viejo there were nine entries in the 1500 and 11 entries in the 800 free.

Most of the other changes were of a lesser caliber, a few tenths per event.

  • These events have seen changes to their grand course standards.
  • W 800 free
  • W 1500 free
  • W 200 fly
  • W 400 IM
  • M 100 free
  • M 200 free
  • M 1500 free
  • M 200 back
  • Chest M 200
  • M 200 fly
  • M 200 IM
  • M 400 IM

Time standards must have been met within the last 24 months.

The only significant change to the format is the addition of 50 meter running events, which have no qualifying standards but will be added to the Pro Swim Series in 2023. Athletes who have at least one TYR Pro Cup Swim Series will be eligible to enter two 50s of race events (flight, backstroke, breast). The rules don’t seem to allow for the possibility of getting into all three, even for elite swimmers.

2023 Pro Swim Series Schedule:

  • January 11-14, Knoxville, Tennessee (University of Tennessee)
  • March 1-4, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center at ISHOF, presumed)
  • April 12-15, Westmont, Illinois (FMC Aquatic Center)
  • May 17-20, Mission Viejo, CA (Marguerite Aquatic Center)