Swimming Splits

Swimming Race Pace Calculator

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This app recommends optimal splits for middle-distance and long-distance swimming events.

The app is intended for swimmers and their coaches. Using the app is pretty straightforward. The user picks the swim event of their choosing and the target time for that event and the app recommends optimal splits for that time. Though the algorithm for recommending splits is simple (using percentage of speed for each part of a race), it is not really possible to calculate the times during a swim meet without a tool like this app. The swimmer and his coach can then discuss the splits before the race. After the race they can compare the recommended splits with the actual splits from the race.

There is an optimal split ratio for middle-distance and long-distance swimming events based on the current scientific discoveries. The first quarter of the race should be the fastest. The second quarter of the race should be the slowest and the third and the fourth quarter should be slightly faster then the preceding quarter of the race because of the increasing amount of energy supplied by the anaerobic energy system.

If the second quarter of the race is too fast, swimmer would consume more energy from the Anaerobic Lactic system. That would create more Lactate and limit performance later in the race (assuming similar ratios of aerobic and anaerobic capacities of swimmers).

Available events

  • Freestyle: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m
  • Backstroke: 100m, 200m
  • Breaststroke: 100m, 200m
  • Butterfly: 100m, 200m
  • Medley: 100m, 200m, 400m
SCY (iOS only at the moment)
  • Freestyle: 100y, 200y, 500y, 1000y, 1650y
  • Backstroke: 100y, 200y
  • Breaststroke: 100y, 200y
  • Butterfly: 100y, 200y
  • Medley: 100y, 200y, 400y

Further reading:

  1. Slides from a lecture by Marco Bonifazi (slides 37 - 45)
  2. T. Liao, "Tactics Analysis on Women Swimming Athletes in the 800m Freestyle Swimming Race Using Speed Coefficient Theory"

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