Why Calculate Swim Points?

Developed by swimmers for swimmers, Swim Points is the best way for you to evaluate, compare and share your swimming times. You can rate and compare results among different events, genders, even among age groups! This makes Swim Points the essential swimming companion app that is becoming the reference among elite and masters swimmers. 

By assigning points to swim times, the app can answer any time related questions and allows comparisons of your swim results. The more points you get for a swim, the better swimmer you are.

 

What Does “FINA Scoring 2018” Mean?

For the Elite category, Swim Points exactly match the “Fina Point Scoring” tables, as defined by FINA, the International Swimming Federation. Point values are assigned once a year, based on World Record (WR) times and the points are valid for one year after they have been assigned. For a long course (LC), these base times are defined as WR times at the end of every year, meaning that the current scoring is called Fina Scoring 2018 and is valid until the end of 2018. For SC pools, however, the base times are defined as of the 31st of August each year. That means that the current scoring for SC was defined at the end of August 2018 and will be valid until the end of August 2019. After that date, Fina Scoring 2019 will replace it, using the SC World Records as of the 31st of August 2019.

 

What Does “WR Times - Aug 2018” Mean?

For non-elite swimmers, points are calculated based on the World Record (WR) times achieved at Masters Championships for any chosen age group. This master records or so called “base times” are updated at least yearly, usually as of the end of the year, so the points you score are valid until at least the end of the year, when the base times will be updated. So if you want to be very exact, it does matter in what year you got the points, so it is best if you share your results after a swim (even if just mailing or posting it to yourself) to follow your evolution as a swimmer year by year.

 

Will New World Records Show up Live, as They Happen?

No. For the purposes of having a correct Point Scoring system, the WR times are updated once a year and after all the pending world records are approved.

 

Is the App Only for Competitive Swimmers?

No. It is a great companion for recreational, elite and masters swimmers. Competitive active swimmers can select the Elite category. Others should choose their age group, so their performance will be evaluated based on the world class times in their age group.

 

What Is the 400-Meters Swim Test?

This test will help you estimate your cardiovascular fitness level by swimming. It is an excellent indicator for recreational and masters swimmers. Swim any stroke or combination of strokes for 400 meters (or 450 yards) as fast as possible. Enter your time (for your age group!) and see your cardiovascular fitness level indicator calculated. You can time yourself and there is no need to start from the starting block. Start from the water and strive for an even pace throughout the swim. During the swim, if you need to stop and rest for short periods, do so. The calculated fitness level is an estimation correlated to the very popular Cooper test. Note however, that you may have a high fitness for a variety of sports but lack effective swimming technique. If this is the case, consider this test as an assessment of both your swimming technique and your conditioning level, and make sure that you improve on both with time. Take the 400m/450y test every two or three months to follow your progress.

 

What Is the "Lock Points" Button For?

By locking the points you can easily compare swim performances across different events, pool lengths or age groups. The same points mean equivalent performances. After you lock points, you can change any selection in the upper part of the screen and the time will adjust to match the corresponding points. For example, let us pick 100 m breaststroke men, elite category, and set the time to 1:05:84. It brings the swim points value to 602. Now, we want to know what the long-course (50m pool) equivalent of this result would be. We lock the points, then select Long Course, and the time changes to 1:08:59. This time is a far better equivalent estimator than any of the pool-converter tools, because it accounts for swimming stroke, course, gender and age groups.

 

Any Tips on Using the App?

TIP 1: For any event or age group - roll the time towards 00:00 (min:sec) to get the points out of the maximum-points-range (> 1500 points) and the time will automatically “bounce” back to the World Record time.

TIP 2: Once you see a World Record time, hit "Lock points". You can now pick any event, for any age group, and glance through the world records. That is because 1000 points means a WR performance.

 

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