Collegiate swimmers interested in the CRP should follow these steps:

  1. In most draft-legal triathlons, the race is rarely won on the swim. The swim allows the triathlete to get in a good enough pack so that when the triathletes get off the bike, the run determines the winner. Collegiate swimmers need to demonstrate their swim is good enough to be in the first pack. This swim is then maintained with minimal work, so that the focus can be on the bike and the run. Swimmers need to complete two swim tests in order to meet the “A” standard for the swim. The 100/500 swim test is a 100 from a push off (not a dive), all out, 1 minute rest, then a 500 yard swim also from a push, all out/best effort. If performed in a meters pool, the test is a 100/400. The second test is a 3x8x100 with 30 seconds of rest between sets on a specific interval holding a minimum pace; the assesses current swim fitness. Time standards in yards:

      100/500    3x8x100   
       100  500  Interval Average 
     Female  :57  5:35  1:15  1:04
     Male  :52  5:05  1:10  :58


  2. Swimmers contact Barb Lindquist (barb.lindquist@usatriathlon.org), CRP Manager, to start the assessment process by filling out an online questionnaire. She can help in the transition to triathlon by sharing over 40 resources covering a range of topics including run technique, how to buy a bike, transitions, sponsorship and putting a training week together. Swimmers can also receive weekly swim workouts with sets and drills tailored specifically to triathlon.
  3. The swimmer will start to prepare for the run test by receiving three weeks of run workouts. After three weeks, the swimmer will run a 1600m on a track, sending run footage for technique feedback. 
  4. Taking into consideration the amount of run training the swimmer has done, if the 1600m time is intriguing, the swimmer is given eight more weeks of training in order to prepare for a more robust 4x1600m (90 seconds rest) track session, 5000m on the track with pacers, or certified 5k road race. Below are both the testing times and 5000m times swimmers must achieve in order to meet the standard for the next level of assessment.

       1500 1600  Mile   3000 3200  2 mile  5km 
     Female  4:40 5:01   5:03  9:58 10:39   10:43  17:30
     Male  4:04  4:22  4:24  8:41  9:16  9:20 15:15 



  5. While swimmers are preparing for run testing, mentorship continues by helping the athlete navigate the purchasing of gear, selecting races, bike training, and putting all the pieces together in a weekly pattern. 
  6. Once a swimmer meets the "A" standard for the swim, the 1600m run standard, and the more robust testing to predict 5k ability, the level of USAT support increases because USAT sees potential for the athlete to become an Olympic medalist.