Doing The Splits In The Open Water

Doing The Splits In The Open Water

Jason Moody of Powerhouse Timing and Bob Seagren and Bart Davis of Run Racing constructed a start and finish pontoon at the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships that enabled split times to be taken on each loop.

With knowledge of accurate split times, coaches and athletes can better prepare themselves for racing and the media and fans have more information to analyze.

As the athletes passed under the start truss, their split times were transmitted by the transponders on their wrists by the overhead timing system. The split times were automatically and immediately posted online.

This is an example of how technology is being integrated to the sport, although engineering these solutions in open bodies of water is often easier said than done.

Photos by Mauricio Garduño of Acuática Nelson Vargas.

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