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100m Swim Time Trial

The 100m Swim Time Trial involves simply swimming 100m in a pool in the quickest time possible. The test is part of the eTID Talent Identification Testing Program for the sport of triathlon, and their protocol is listed here. See other swimming fitness tests.

test purpose: to measure an athlete’s ability to sprint during the swim leg in triathlon.

equipment required: standard 50 meter swimming pool (preferred), stopwatch

pre-test: Explain the test procedures to the subject. Perform screening of health risks and obtain informed consent. Prepare forms and record basic information such as age, height, body weight, gender, test conditions. See more details of pre-test procedures.

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procedure: The aim of this test is to swim 100 meters (2 laps of 50m pool) in the fastest time possible. Any swim stroke and turn may be used. Swimmers begin the test in the water at one end, from a stationary start. On the command ‘ready, start’, the clock starts and you will begin swimming at your own pace. Stop the stopwatch when the subject’s hand touches the wall at the end of the 100m. If you need to test many swimmers at once, you can have a maximum of three swimmers per lane, and ideally space then out 15 seconds apart at the start.

scoring: The total time to complete the 100m distance is recorded, to the nearest second.

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