USA Swimming has a number of programs to help swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers. One of those programs is the IMX Challenge, designed to help various age groups compete in multiple events, rather than specialize in one stroke too early. Participation in the IMX program is easy. USA Swimming automatically scores and calculates results for all athlete members!
An IMX score is established after a swimmer has swum all of the events required (without being disqualified) for their age group in a sanctioned meet since the start of the current season; both short and long course seasons start September 1 and end August 31 for IMX purposes. Additionally, a swimmer must complete all of the events in the same course (SCY or LCM) to have a score in that particular course.
9 & Under; 10-yr olds: 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM
11-yr olds; 12-yr olds: 400 Free (LC) or 500 Free (SC), 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, & 18-yr olds: 400 Free (LC) or 500 Free (SC), 200 Back, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM
Once you've completed the IMX program, you can find out where your IMX score ranks nationally, within your zone, within your LSC (Oregon) and on your club. Rankings in the program are based on power points, a system developed by USA Swimming and Hy-Tek. Every swim listed in the USA Swimming times database includes a Hy-Tek Power Point value. The power point scale ranges from 1 to 1100 points, for each event. The higher the points, the stronger you are in that event.
At the annual HEAT awards banquet, swimmers who have earned an IMX score will receive a t-shirt and a certificate.
Find your IMX ranking.
One fun way to keep track of your IMX score, meet results and goal times is to use USA Swimming's Deck Pass program. Deck Pass allows swimmers to earn virtual patches for a variety of swimming accomplishments as well as automatically keep track of best times and IMX rankings. There is a place to set goal times for each event, and you may connect with your teammates and coaches who are also using Deck Pass. It's easy to create a free account, begin earning fun patches and stay in touch with your goals and results! There's even a mobile application. If you have any questions about the program, please refer to this Deck Pass FAQ page.