Power Points, What are they?
Every swim listed in the USA Swimming times database includes a 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.
So how exactly does the Power Point system work?
The Power Point scale ranges from 1 to 1100 points. The higher the points, the stronger you are in the event. USA Swimming uses these points to rank you as a swimmer, and to rank MLA among the country's best clubs.
Why use it as a swimmer?
Ever wonder how your Long Course Meter times compare with your Short Course Yard times? Wonder no more! Comparing your season swims is only one of the ways 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 Power Points! For example, you can compare you score in the 100 Back vs. the 200 Back or across several Freestyle distances such as the 100, 200, and 400.
You may also look at the strength of one stroke vs. another stroke. For example, compare your Freestyle to your Breaststroke, or determine the quality of your Short Course vs. Long Course swims.
These comparisons are a great way to measure progress from the end of the Short Course season through the long course season.
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