perhaps even premeditated, and then, in a very wise voice, sed:
>Hey folks: I don't know if this has been done, but....
>Do you remember those tubes that contain lots of little lights running down the
>length, normally seen with the a light running down the tube? Wouldn't it be
>neat if you could take one of those and connect it to a computer, which would
>Of course, you could set up the light speed to be, say 100m per minute, for
>training purposes, or ideal split times for medley swimming. What do you folks
>think? Useful or not? Has it been done?
It has indeed been done. Don't exactly know if they are still in
business, but Pacer Products of Batavia, Illinois, USA produces just
such a machine. Can be programmed to pace a swimmer for any race (50
to 1500/1650, short course or long course) at any pace, and can be
programmed to take into account the extra speed at the walls.
It's expensive, though. Well, too expensive for my team, anyway.
$895 for the short course version.
They also make a product that measures how fast your swimmers get off
the block (that is, the time between the start "beep" and when the
feet actually leave the blocks) out the the thousandth of a second.
i am not connected in any way with pacer products and can't vouch for
how well either of these works, but i've always wanted the reaction
If you want, let me know, and i can get you their phone number,
"YES! is the answer." -- John Lennon