Timeline of Swimming

Timeline created by ajfabdiva
  • Competitive Swimming Starts in Europe, 1800's

    Competitive Swimming Starts in Europe, 1800's
    Mostly Used the stroke Breastroke
  • First Time Swimming is Competed in the Olympics

    First Time Swimming is Competed in the Olympics
    The very first events were the freestyle stroke and the breastroke stroke. They swam in the Meditteranian sea.
  • Competitive Swimming Starts to become Popular, 19th century

  • The Stroke Backstroke added to the Olympics

    The Stroke Backstroke added to the Olympics
  • The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)

    The  Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)
    Fina administers aquatic competition throughout the world. It oversees five different aquatic sports currently (swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo and open water swimming.)
  • Womens Swimming added to the Olympics

    Womens Swimming added to the Olympics
    First Olympics that the women swam in was the Stockholm olympics. It has been in every olympics since. It has pretty much the same events as the men exceot for one. The women swim the 800 and then men swim the 1,500
  • Electronic Timing Starts

    Electronic Timing Starts
    Electronic timing first started being used. This made the times swimmers got more accurate.
  • Johnny Weissmuller the first person to go under One minute in 100m Freestyle

    Johnny Weissmuller the first person to go under One minute in 100m Freestyle
    Used a six kick per pull stroke method
  • Swimming became an NCAA Sport

    Swimming became an NCAA Sport
    The first meet was held March 24th, 1924. 100 athletes competed in five swimming events and one diving event. 14 school were represented. National championship added in 1937.
  • 50m Pools with lanes first used in the Olympics

    50m Pools with lanes first used in the Olympics
  • The Stroke Butterfly was Developed, 1930's

    The Stroke Butterfly was Developed, 1930's
  • First topless swimsuits

    First topless swimsuits
    The US men first wore swimsuits that did not include a top portion in 1935
  • Butterfly was first swam in the Olympics

    Butterfly was first swam in the Olympics
    First swam in the games in Melbourne
  • Mark Spitz 1972 Olympics

    Mark Spitz 1972 Olympics
    Mark Spitz came to the 1972 olympics to win 6 medals. But he ended up winning a whooping 7. He wont every event he swam. He also set a world record in all of them. He won the 100 and 200 freestyle, the 100 and 200 butterfly, and then 2 relays. His record of 7 gold medals in a single games was not broken until 2008.
  • Goggles first used

    Goggles first used
    Goggles were first used in the 1976 Olympics. Goggles are used to preotect the swimmers eyes from the chlorine in the pool.
  • Swimming a Womens NCAA sport

    Swimming a Womens NCAA sport
    Swimming was one of the 12 sports added for women in the 1981-1982 season
  • SCM Records

    SCM Records
    In 1991 FINA started to recognize world records for SCM. SCM stands for short course meters. It is the short way you swim in the pool.
  • Natalie Coughlin Feat

    Natalie Coughlin Feat
    Natalie Coughlin, 10 days before her 20th birthday, became the first woman to swim the 100m backstroke (LCM) in under one minute.
  • Michael Phelps 2008 Olympics

    Michael Phelps 2008 Olympics
    At the 2008 Olympics Michael Phelps made history. He won a total of 8 gold medals, breaking swimmer Mark Spitz's previous record of 7. He won gold medals in the 100 and 200 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 200 and 400 individual medley and won them in 3 relays.
  • Suits banned

    Suits banned
    Swimmers had been wearing bodysuits that were made out of polyurethane or/and other non-textile materials. They were very useful for swimmers withlarger physiques. But the suit improved some swimmers other than other, depending on physique, so they were banned.
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    Doping in China

    Between 1990 and 1998, 28 Chinese swimmers were tested posotive for preformance inhancing drugs.