MODELLING COMPETITIVE SWIMMING IN DIFFERENT STROKES AND DISTANCES UPON REGRESSION ANALYSIS: A STUDY OF THE FEMALE PARTICIPANTS OF SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES

  • R. Arellano
  • J. Cossor
  • B. Wilson
  • J. Cjatard
  • S. Riewald
  • B. Mason
Keywords: swimming, competition analysis, starts, turns

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to obtain the slope and y-intercept of the regression between race component times and race time for a group of top level female swimmers (the best 16 times) in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. All the 50, 100 and 200 rn events were analyzed in this study. A multi-camera video recording system (7 cameras) was located on the catwalk 18m above the center lanes of the pool. The regression and correlation coefficients were significant in 78% of the races analyzed, excluded stroke frequency, stroke length and stroke index. The quality of the swimmers analyzed enabled the calculation of the recommended times in each phase in relation to race time. This information may allow top level swimmers to train specifically in their weakest race component.