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IMR/IMX CHALLENGE INFORMATION

 

The IMX Challenge, with its two components, IM Ready and IM Xtreme, is a motivational program where swimmers are scored on their performances in a combination of five or six events. The purpose of the program is to promote versatility in age group swimming while advocating greater participation and development across a range of events that are integral to long term success in swimming. By encouraging swimmers to swim a variety of events, we hope to avoid any tendency to specialize in narrow selection of events at a young age.

Program Description
Swimmers participate in a designated combination of five or six events and, based on the power points scored for each of those swims, earn a combined score that is called the IM Ready or IMX score.


IM READY (IMR)

The first step in the IMX Challenge is IM Ready (or IMR). To get "IM Ready," swimmers compete in a series of five events at shorter distances. Below, we've listed the line-up by age groups.

10 & Under: 100 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM (SC) or 200 IM (LC)

11-12 year olds: 200 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM (SC) or 200 IM (LC)

13-18 year olds: 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM

Once you've swum each event at least once at an official meet in one season, you can log-in to your Deck Pass Account, and find out where you rank against all the other swimmers on your club team.  You do not need to complete the IMReady program to participate in the IM Xtreme.  It is simply a stepping stone. 

 

IM XTREME (IMX)

Ready to move forward? The next step is IM Xtreme (IMX). The IMX ranking includes a series of five or six events at longer distances. Once you've completed the IMX program, you can find out where your IMX score ranks nationally, within your zone, within your LSC rank and on your club.

10 & Under: 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM

11-12 year olds: 400 Free (LC) or 500 Free (SC), 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM

13-18 year olds: 400 Free (LC) or 500 Free (SC), 200 Back, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM

 

 

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

Participation in the IMR and IMX is easy. USA Swimming automatically scores and calculates results for all athlete members! Swimmers only need to sign up for a Deck Pass Account, then compete in each required event, at a sanctioned meet, at least once in a season. 
 
Swimmers have the option of printing certificates that displays their scores for either IMR or IMX. They can also optionally print their national, zone, LSC and/or club rankings.

 

HOW DO I SCORE POINTS?

Rankings in the program are based on power points, a system developed by USA Swimming and Hy-Tek. See the Power Points page for more information and to use the Power Point Calculator.

 


HY-TEK POWER POINTS - WHAT IT IS

 
Every swim listed in the USA Swimming times database includes a Hy-Tek Power Point value. This point system allows for comparison of the quality of performances across strokes, distances and events, as well as between age groups. 

HOW IT WORKS

 
So how exactly does the Hy-Tek power point system work? The power point scale ranges from 1 to 1100 points. The higher the points, the stronger you are in that event. We use these points to rank you and your club in our IM Ready, IMX and Virtual Club Championships programs.

WHY USE IT AS A SWIMMER

 

Ever wonder how your long course times compare to your short course times? Wonder no more. Comparing your season swims is just one way Hy-Tek Power Points can be of use to you. Here are other ways to use it:

  • So you’re pretty decent in your events across the board, but you want to know which events are stronger for you on a national scale. Use Hy-Tec power points! For example, you can compare your score in the 100 back vs. the 200 back or across several freestyle distances such as the 100, 200, and 400.

     

  • Look at the strength of one stroke vs. another stroke. For example, compare your freestyle to your breaststroke. Determine the quality of you short course vs. long course swims.

     

  • This comparison is a great way to measure progress from the end of the short course season through the long course season.

For additional information in IMR/IMX and Powerpoints, click this link to be directed to the USA Swimming website.