Swimming; 200m Backstroke

By: Priya Lalloobhai


Swimming is a famous sport that people of all ages participate in. In this sport, you propel yourself through a large "tub" of water, that can go 12 feet deep, using just your hands! People participate in this because they want to be fit, want to go to the Olympics, etc. Lots of people have participated in swimming competitions for these same reasons. For example, in 2012, Tyler Clary got 113.41 seconds by traveling 200m in a backstroke competition! He participated in swimming competitions to be in the Olympics, and he succeeded! But the main point is that there a lots of reasons as to why people participate in swimming from a young age. The reason I am going to be talking about is to participate in the Olympics. Now when people do this, they compete for all types of competitions. Some are for Butterfly kicks, Breastrokes, etc. But this is about traveling the fastest for 200m, while doing back strokes!

Why did I write this article?

Well, I wrote this to figure out the past records people have set for back stroking in a swimming pool, for 200m. I wanted to increase my interest in this sport, so I decided to put all my research into a article, so that I could keep track of it and enjoy it more! Also, I wrote this article to find out if there was a point in which the women became faster than the men.

The Goal of Accomplishment

I was given a task to choose an Olympic sport that didn't have only one goal of just winning. So why did I choose Swimming, specifically back strokes? Well, it's because I wanted to study all the different times people have gotten just by swimming. At first, I thought that swimming was just a small non-important sport that doesn't require much fun. But when I met these results, I was impressed! So, I chose this sport and figured out my goal: to figure out the fastest time in world history!

My Wonderful Data:

The Scatter Plot

The pink "x" represents the times of the female swimmers who set records, and the blue square represents the times of the male swimmers who set records!

The Line of Best Fit

The lines represent the rate of change throughout the male and female's record times that they set. The blue line represents the male trend line, and the red line represents the female trend line!

The Point of Intersection

What does the intersection point mean? Well, it means that there was a point in time where both the female and male competitors set the exact same record in the same year! Isn't that crazy? Well, yeah. But not as crazy as that happening more than once! Also, the result of this intersection means that the women will eventually become faster, and the men will become slower.
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What do I predict will happen? Will women finally have the same rates as men? Will women actually become faster then men? Well, according to the results (according to the intersection point, shown in the picture), it shows that at one point, the men and women actually do have the same rates as men. Since there actually is an intersection point, it has been proven that in year 2129, both men and women will set a record of around 80.05 seconds for a 200m backstroke competition! So, yes women have a chance of having the same rates as men. This is good, because, before the intersection point, men were faster than women. But now, they're not!

Extra Necessary Info:


What does the x-coordinate mean? It represents the year in which the men and women have the same time, as well as the point where the women become faster.


What does the y-coordinate mean? It represents the amount of time, in seconds, that it took for the men and women to complete the race at the same time.

Now, let's do this and follow our dreams!

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