Olympic Freestyle Swimming


Swimming Olympics

Splash! The sound of competitive swimmers diving into action racing to reach 100m. They wave their arms in a freestyle motion propelling them into a bullet and letting them glide to their destination. This style of swimming originated from Austrailia and was called the "Australian Crawl" because Australian swimmers were winning swim events with this specific stroke. The first Olympic Games had four swimming events and freestyle was one of them in 1896.

Evening the Odds

This article is created for the purpose of researching the speed rate of the swimmers in 1972 to 2012. It is to show if the rate of change is slowing down or increasing, which means are the swimmers for both men and women are either slowing down or speeding up. Through the calculations, I will be able to show the data that has been collected and implemented into a calculator. There will be pictures representing the slope and maybe, the women may even surpass the men in this Olympic swimming event. Although, the men may be superior in the present time, women can be gradually catching up.

The Reason of Study

The point of this study is to show when the freestyle gold medalists time for women will surpass the men. The year this will happen will be dependent on the rate for women. The rate of the men and women will be compared to find out the year.

Scatter Plot of The Men and Women

In this scatter plot, the squares represent the gold medalist males and their time, while the pink X's represent the gold medalist females and their time. It seems the male times are lower because they are faster.

Line of Best Fit

The blue line represents the rate of change or slope for the male medalist times. The red line represents the female medalist times and it's rate of change. According to the data, the blue line is lower than the red line meaning that men are currently swimming faster than women.
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Women Become Faster

The intersection of the two lines mean that the women medalist times will eventually become faster than the men. It is because of the rate of change for women is lower which allows the women to become faster.According to the graph, the women will surpass the men in the year of 2395, but the Olympic event will be in the year of 2396 so, the women will approximately beat the men in 2396.

The X Coordinate

The X coordinates in our data table represents for the year and when the data was collected. So, the X coordinate on the calculator is saying that in 2395 the women should beat the men if the data is constant.

The Y Coordinate

The Y coordinate means the times that the men and women competitors received on their swimming event. It does not represent the year it was recorded but the time a competitor received after finishing the 100m freestyle race.Theoretically, the women will have a time of 13.07 seconds when they beat the men.
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