View Full Version : Decathlon?

February 2nd, 2008, 05:56 AM
The Brits this year introduced a decathlon competition, see


The event is based on an age adjusted scoring system. Total score is based on points from up to 10 events, up to 2 each taken from 6 groups: 4 strokes 50-200, distance free and IM.

Scottish swimming has been doing this for a while.


Do any of the regions of USMS do something similar? Is there interest in introducing a USMS decathlon?
(Leonard Jansen started a thread on this in 2003)

February 2nd, 2008, 09:38 AM

February 2nd, 2008, 01:57 PM
USA Swimming does something similar with their IM Extreme Competition:

I've never seen anything like this at the Masters level, but it would be fun.

February 2nd, 2008, 04:39 PM
I would like to try something like this!

February 4th, 2008, 06:15 AM
The Allegheny Mountain YMCA Masters Swimming Association www.amymsa.org has a similar concept called the High Point Competition. Points are awarded for placement within age and gender brackets. The points accumulate throughout the season - Sept through March.

There is also the Iron Person Competition (similar to the USMS checkoff challenge)

And the Marathon Swim, in which you tally you total yardage (from practice, etc.) during the season. (similar to USMS Go the Distance) Points are awarded for being the first in your age group to complete the Iron Person

February 4th, 2008, 09:24 AM
For a true decathlon - similar to the track and field version - shouldn't it be made up of all different kinds or aquatic events? Day one, you have to do a synchro routine in a sparkly costume to music, then a 50 free, then a 25m underwater swim, followed by 200m butterfly. Day two, some kind of water polo where everyone plays as an individual instead of as a team, then platform diving, then 100m backstroke, then 400 free. Day three.... :rofl: