2019-20 Winter “Virtual” IM/Distance Challenge

Illinois Swimming wants to identify the state’s top swimmers in long events, build the pipeline to national qualifiers and create "Pride” in IM & Distance Swimming!

Results & Rankings:

How It Works:  From December 16, 2019 through January 6, 2020 any swimmer who swims in a sanctioned or unsanctioned setting may send in their 1000 Free, 1650 Free, and 400 IM times to be ranked in the Virtual Distance Challenge. (yes, times from USA Swimming Sanctioned invitational’s & intrasquad type meets will both be accepted during this time period)

Events:  The Virtual Distance Challenge will rank all participants and award the top finishers in the 1650 & 1000 Freestyles and the 400 IM by single age and gender. Swimmers may submit a time to participate in one, two or all three of the program events.

*Participation is strictly voluntary and it is up to the individual coaches & clubs to choose whether to sanction these times or not

When:  1000/1650 Freestyle & 400 IM results may only be submitted between the dates of December 16th, 2019 thru January 6th, 2020

How:  Results will be sent to the Senior Committee at [email protected] where swimmers will be ranked by (Single age and Gender) their time.

Ages:  All athletes age 11-18.

Entry Format:  All times and swimmer information must be submitted on the Virtual Distance Challenge Excel Spreadsheet CLICK HERE.

*Incomplete information will not be accepted!!!                

Times:  Times from the Virtual Distance Challenge will not be entered into the SWIMS database as part of this event. As well, the Virtual Distance Challenge Results page will not be an acceptable proof to enter the Illinois Swimming Championship meets. All USA Swimming & Illinois Swimming requirements for sanctioned meets must be followed for times to be submitted into the SWIMS database. All Times must be submitted in SCY


  • To promote and build excitement and encourage “Pride” in Long IM & Distance Swimming in Illinois.
  • Offer increased splashes in events that are traditionally not offered or limited in Illinois Swimming sanctioned meets to provide valuable experience in racing skills & strategies.
  • Provide a unique, fun and easy experience that swimmers, coaches, and clubs can take part in a “Virtual” Mid-Season Incentive and gain bragging rights for their IM/Distance programs!

 Results & Rankings:

  • Swimmers will be ranked by (Single age and Gender) their time and/ Hy-tek Power Point Ranking to determine an overall virtual champion in each event by single age and gender. 
  • Results will be posted on the Illinois Swimming Winter IM/Distance Challenge page.

Awards:  Top Finishers will receive a Virtual Winter IM/Distance Champions T-Shirt. 

Questions?  Please refer all questions to the Senior Committee at [email protected]