The finish line is watched with four high-speed cameras, each at 100-frames per second. Then there can be a video review of the exact order of finish.
Strange that some races have the swimmers going a 10K distance, or even a 5K distance, and have the finish boil down to fractions of a seconds.
The swimmers travel under the super-structure that looks like a bridge and then they reach upwards, out of the water, and touch the pads to record their finish.
Another option if you don't have all that money to invest into the rental of the Omega equipment, is to deploy an AutoCoach Timing System. The AutoCoach system is used at Cross Country Track Meets, That would capture the time of the race, but there would need to be a timer. More on that to come in the future.
A four camera security system can also be deployed to watch for the numbers on the swimmers' caps.
Wonder who is using the AutoCoach timing speakers and watch?
An encounter with Australian swimming coach, Ian Pope, and a trip to the Philippines got these swimming trailblazers aware of the equipment from AutoCoach. They have a stopwatch and speaker,
In AutoCoach's Race Mode, the coach pushes the button and the speaker can sound a long whistle for the swimmers to get on the blocks. Then another push of the watch's button and the commands come from the speaker, "Take Your Marks..." Then a third push of the watch's button delivers the starting signal, a beep that begins the race as well as a flash too. And, of course, the watch is started in its time for the event. When deployed as above, the coach's voice is spared, the watch is synced with the beep, and practice time trials are more like a meet setting.
* Neither Michael Andrews nor his coach have endorsed the AutoCoach stop watch. Rather, they are simply users.
There is some overlap as the podcast interview has snips of the talk made from the stage.
Click the button below to go to the article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education from Jess of Pittsburgh.
1. Most seem to hate the actual clock-changing and its disruptive negative impact, which represents the crux of the bill introduced by Russ Diamond to the PA House.
2. A fair share of folks seem to want permanent DST (Daylight Savings Time) instead of Standard Time.
3. Permanent DST requires congressional approval. Since Marco Rubio couldn't engineer that on behalf of Florida last year, in 2018, I seriously doubt US Senator, Bob Casey, D, has the clout to manage it for PA. Permanent Standard Time requires no congressional approval. None want to go begging to Congress in DC. Have you seen Congress lately?
4. For those lobbying for permanent DST, one doubts that love affair actually exists on those hot muggy days in June, July and August. Most will choose to be indoors in the air-conditioning watching Netflix rather than running around getting all sweaty catching butterflies or whatever until 10 pm. Just a hunch.
5. Permanent DST also means mornings would be one hour darker in winter. That solution causes a worry about kids and commuters heading off to school and work in greater darkness.