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IM Ready (IMR) and IM Xtreme (IMX) Challenges

The IM Ready (IMR) and IM Xtreme (IMX) challenges were created by USA Swimming to fuel athletes to strive towards greater participation and personal achievement in the sport of swimming.  More detailed info about the IMR and IMX Challenges can be found here at the USA Swimming website.

The first step in the IMX series is IM Ready (IMR). To get "IM Ready," swimmers compete in a series of five events at shorter distances.  Below is the event line-up (by age groups) that athletes will need to achieve to be IM Ready (IMR).

IM READY (IMR)


6-10 year olds: 100 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM (SCY) or 200 IM (LCM)

the 200 IM will be used for the LCM season in the summer of 2016


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

the 200 IM will be used for the LCM season in the summer of 2016


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

Once an athlete has accomplished the IMR Challenge it’s time for the IMX Challenge – IM XTREME (IMX).  The IMX ranking includes a series of five or six events at longer distances.  Below is the event line-up by age group for the IM XTREME Challenge.

IM XTREME (IMX)


6 -10 year olds: 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM


11-12 year olds: 400 Free (LCM)/500 Free (SCY), 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM


13 -18 year olds: 400 Free (LCM)/500 Free (SCY), 200 Back, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM

IMR and IMX goals are great motivators for athletes all across America.  Athletes who complete the IM Ready (IMR) Challenge gain the satisfaction and confidence of knowing that they can legally swim all four strokes.  Sure, one stroke may be faster than another, but being able to legally race butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle is a major developmental achievement. 

After an athlete demonstrates that he/she can swim all four strokes, the IMX races become the next challenge.  Results from IMR and IMX athletes are tabulated together to form a total point score that athletes can use as a barometer and creates goals to strive towards.  Some athletes may want to be competitive to reach the highest point total on the team, while others may look towards breaking into the next 3 or 4 digit point total level.  Either way, there are a lot of good goal setting techniques that can result from establishing an IMR and IMX point total.

See more about the USA Swimming IMR and IMX Challenge and the competitive process.