Aquatic timing system

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Scoreboards at the University of Minnesota during the 2007 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Finals
The timing office at Grosse Pointe South High School

Aquatic timing systems are designed to automate the process of timing, judging, and scoring in competitive swimming and other aquatic sports, including diving, water polo, and synchronised swimming. These systems are also used in the training of athletes, and many add-on products have been developed to assist with the training process.


Companies that manufacture aquatic timing systems include Colorado Time Systems, Daktronics, Omega/Swiss Timing, Seiko, STRAMATEL and Superior Swim Timing.


Prior to the 1950s, competitive swimmers relied on the sound of a starting pistol to start their races and mechanical stopwatches to record their times at the end of a race.[citation needed] A limitation of analog timekeeping was the technology's inability to reliably record times accurately below one tenth (0.1) of a second.[citation needed] The invention of automatic timing systems brought more accuracy and credibility to aquatic sports.

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