2011 Averages are not posted yet. But 8 yo averages For 2010 are as follow:
State testing average - 3.60 sec., and national best also 3.60.
National level average - 3.31 and national best - 3.05.
state level average- 5.21; national best-2.31
national level 3.58; and national best-1.82.
You'd definitely try to aim for as close to the national best as possible. Note that in the past anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 girls test on the state level (probably less now because of the added skills elements) and only about 300 make it to national testing. And then 50 make it to A camp and about 75 make it to B camp. Last year, about 2,800 girls tested and since 125 girls made the A and B teams, that equates to the top 4%. So, if you only hit the average, it is unlikely you will even qualify for national testing. It is my humble opnion that TOPS is a good goal and a fun, rather privileged experience. But it is not a necessity to succeed in the sport. It is great if you qualify, but if you don't, life goes on. Good luck to your daughter.