The days leading up to high-level meets such Olympic Trials and Nationals leave the pool deck full of energy and commotion. From first-timers to Olympians, everyone is bustling about on deck, trying out racing suits, getting used to the venue and talking strategy with their coaches.
The pool setup includes touch pads, microphones, spotlights, camera tracks and underwater cameras.
Although a few of the underwater cameras are for television, most people don’t realize the majority are a part of USA Swimming’s increasingly popular video review system.
USA Swimming has been using its video review system at major U.S. competitions since 2007, including the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and all National Championships.
The organization contracts DVSport to run its review system. DVSport is a Pittsburgh-based software company that specializes in digital video acquisition, analysis and play-back software designed specifically for the sports market. It’s the same company that also provides high-definition instant replay for a number of NCAA conferences in both football and basketball.
The purpose of USA Swimming’s video review system is to support officials and swimmers with disqualifications.