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 currently manufacture aquatic timing and systems include Stramatel, ALGE-TIMING, Superior Swim Timing, Wylas Timing, Colorado Time Systems, Seiko, Daktronics, Quince electronics and Omega/Swiss 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. Unfortunately, these analog watches could not record times accurately beyond one tenth (0.1) of a second. The invention of automatic timing systems brought more accuracy and credibility to aquatic sports.

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