The IMR/IMX series is a program designed by USA Swimming, to promote competing in multiple events, rather than specialize in one stroke too early. The series allows swimmers across the nation to compare themselves to the thousands of other athletes in their age group. All you have to do is swim a combination of events, at least one time per season, and USA Swimming will automatically give you your ranking!

The first step in the IMX Challenge is IM READY (IMR). To get "IM Ready," swimmers compete in a series of 5 short distance events. These are listed by age groups below:

9 & Under; 10-year olds: 100 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM (SCY) or 200 IM (LCM)

11-year olds; 12-year olds: 200 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM (SCY) or 200 IM (LCM)

13, 14, 15, 16, 17, & 18-year olds: 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM

Once you have swum each IMR event at least once at an official meet, you can log-in to your Deck Pass Account (on, and find where you rank against all other ZAPPERS. You do not need to complete the IM Ready program to participate in the IM Xtreme; IMR It is simply a stepping-stone to 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.

9 & Under; 10-year olds: 200 FR, 100 BK, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM


11-year olds; 12-year olds: 400 FR (LCM) or 500 FR (SCY), 100 BK, 100 BR, 100 Fly, 200 IM

13, 14, 15, 16, 17, & 18-year olds: 400/500 FR (SCY), 200 BK, 200 BR, 200 Fly, 200/400 IM



Rankings are based on power points, a system developed by USA Swimming and the swimming software company Hy-Tek. Every swim listed in the USA Swimming 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. 


The power point scale ranges from 1 to 1100 points. The higher the points, the stronger you are in that event. These points rank you and ZAP in the IM Ready, IMX and Virtual Club Championships programs.


USA Swimming automatically scores and calculates results for all athlete members! Swimmers only need to sign up for a Deck Pass Account (on, then compete in each required event, at a sanctioned meet, at least once in a season.

An IMX or IM Ready score is only established after a swimmer has swum all of the events required for their age group in a sanctioned meet since the start of the current season; both short and long course seasons start September 1 and end August 31 for IMX/IMR purposes. 
Additionally, a swimmer must complete all of the events in the same course (SCY or LCM) to have a score in that particular course.

The IMX Games meet promotes and rewards versatility in age group swimming while advocating greater participation and development across a range of events. The goal is to enable long-term success in competitive swimming.


Any swimmer age 9-18, who has achieved the minimum qualifying score in any age during the qualifying period is eligible for the meet. (A 12 yr. old who has achieved the min qualifying score but turns 13 prior to the start of the meet will be eligible to enter the meet and compete as a 13 yr. old.)


  • Follow IMX program guidelines (Qualifying standards are the same for SCY & LCM)
  • Qualifying standard will be minimum of 1500 pts for all locations, ages & genders
  • Qualifying Period: Sept 1, 2014 up to entry deadline

2015 IMX Games Sites

Location: Kino Aquatic Center, Mesa, AZ
Date / Time: November 20-22, 2015

Will YOU be on the bus?!