10 things to know about short course swimming

    10 things to know about short course swimming

10 things to know about short course swimming

1. There are a lot of turns!

Because the pool is only 25 metres in length (instead of the usual 50m) the swimmers have to do twice the amount of laps

Underwater Turn
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2. Starts are very important.

You don’t have as much time to try and play catch up in a lap, as there is essentially less swimming, or less of the form stroke, and much more underwater work. 

Arena 1 swimming


3. The ‘skills pay the bills’ in short course.

If you have perfected your underwater work, your turns and your starts and your skills are on point, then short course is for you.

Emily Seebohm


4. The times are generally faster.

This is because you spend more time underwater and can move a lot faster underwater than you can on top of it. 



5. The Short Course World Championships were first introduced in 1993

Susie O Neil  - swimmer


6. The first location of the championships was in Palma de Mallorca in Spain

Palma de Mallorca in Spain


7. The FINA Short Course World Championships are swum every second year.

The last one was in 2016 in Windsor, Canada 

World Short Course Team Photo


8. World records were first recognised in short course events in 1991

Cate Campbell


9. Australia currently has two short course world record holders

Grant Hackett in the 800m free and Mitch Larkin in the 200m back

Grant Hackett


10. Mitch Larkin and Cate Campbell both set new short course world records in 2015

Mitch Larkin


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