SwimSwam TYR World Rankings Are Here, Meet Our New TYR World Rankings Editor

  23 Braden Keith | January 29th, 2014 | Arena Pro Swim Series, Industry, International, National, News

For 2014 (and posthumously, for now, back to 2013), SwimSwam has unveiled its new World Swimming Rankings lists, and to manage these World Rankings, we have hired a new “World Rankings editor,” one Shannon MacDonald.

See the rankings here.

James Magnussen tops the Men's 100 Free 2013 & 2014  World Swimming Rankings

James Magnussen tops the Men’s 100 Free 2013 & 2014 World Swimming Rankings

Shannon has a wealth of swimming experiences from around the world. She is a native of Australia, and now splits her time between the Southern Hemisphere and the Deep South: her daughter, Bonnie, is an Australian National Team swimmer who is currently attends the University of Alabama.

Shannon herself is an avid Masters’ Swimmer, a former investment banker with Macquarie Bank, and a Law grad from the University of Sydney.

We hope that these rankings will continue to add context to our reports and help make SwimSwam a valuable resource to any swim fan.

Along those lines, we’re asking for the help of our community to make sure they’re accurate. We are going to make every effort to maintain them as closely as possible to what happens in the real world, but sometimes that can be hard. For example, we have still not been able to find full results for the Tokyo Metropolitan Championships this past weekend, though we have the “10 best performances” from men and women.

For now, we’re committed to maintaining rankings to the top 25. We’ll expand rankings with swims that meet the most recent FINA “A” standards to ensure that the lists represent only high-level, world-class swims.

If you see any errors, or any meets we’ve missed, PLEASE let us know, and we will research and make any appropriate corrections. Our goal is to make this as accurate of a resource as is possible, and we have no qualms with sourcing our awesome (and uber-informed) community to get there.

Swimming World RankingsIf you have a meet that you believe has produced applicable top 25 results, please share them with [email protected]

Future Additions:

  • World yards rankings
  • Expanding rankings to top 50 per year
  • Create historical rankings, as best we can, for prior years
  • World junior rankings

If you think that you can contribute in any of these areas, please let us know.

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  1. Where did my two comments from yesterday vanish to??

  2. Luigi says:

    I think you took 1 minute off Linda Caponi’s 2014 time in the 1500 free 🙂

  3. bobo gigi says:

    It looks like the comments don’t appear in the good order.
    It also happened last summer.
    Always very funny.

  4. bobo gigi says:

    The world rankings will change a lot next weekend.
    I know there’s a big meet in Australia but don’t forget another meet here in France.
    The Nice International Meet looks very promising.
    I’m really surprised by the big names who will swim there.
    Anna Santamans, Mélanie Hénique, Charlotte Bonnet, Camille Muffat, Coralie Balmy and Jérémy Stravius for France.
    Katinka Hosszu, Mireia Belmonte, Melani Costa, Ruta Meilutyte, Sharon Van Rouwendaal, Andriy Govorov, Sergey Fesikov, Benjamin Proud and Evgeny Korotyshkin for the international swimmers.
    Link for the schedule and the results here.

  5. PAC12BACKER says:

    I actually really like the idea of having all the rankings & records available on SwimSwam. Everything available on one site, instead of surfing to other places. One stop shopping baby!

  6. Thanks, great effort.

    I always use the Swimvortex rankings but it’s much better to have multiple sources.

  7. DanishSwimFan says:

    In addition to some of the comments already posted, I would love to see a list of the top 25/50 times as well as the top 25/50 ranked swimmers. But otherwise, great work SwimSwam.

  8. Nikolaj Skjelsager says:

    In the 2013 200 Freestyle rankings for men, you’ve put Frans Johannesen in at number 11 with 1.46, but that time was swam at a short course championship meet.
    Would just let you know 🙂

  9. Shannon MacDonald says:

    Hi All,
    I am loving the feedback from everybody and Swimswam fully intends to provide a great World Rankings platform that reflects the top times in international swimming. Please share with us any sanctioned meets that may have thrown up some great times and I will check them out.

  10. Flyin' says:

    Awesome idea. I noticed several of the men’s 800 free are from the same date as the 1500 free (world champs). Are you using splits?

  11. SocalAdvRacer says:

    This is a great addition to the best swim site coverage out there. Now I don’t have to click away from this site to find those statistics. It only makes sense for SwimSwam to keep us clicking their site for this info as opposed to racking up stats / impressions on another site. Plus SwimSwam’s editors are much more receptive to input / ideas than some other (FINA) sites.

  12. mcgillrocks says:

    Wow, awesome idea!

    – I would prefer a smaller font and for the rankings to be more organized by sex, event and distance instead of going 400 free, 50 back, 800 free etc

    – If you choose the ranking for a specific event there should be a chart with various records and times at the top, such as world record, textile WR, continental records, last year’s top time, etc.

    – A time that is a new record could be bold, italics or else somehow shaded differently. For instance the current world top time might be in bold text. A time that was at one point the year’s number 1 time would be italics. A textile world record could have a pink background, an overall WR might have a red background

    – There should be a separate section for top 10-25 performances not races.

    • Braden Keith says:

      mcgillrocks – thanks for your feedback! We definitely plan on expanding the rankings and making them more robust, and we’ll definitely take your opinions into account when doing so.

  13. Max says:

    I’m with Pac 12 breaker on this one. I trust FINA for the rankings, accurate and up-to-date.

    • Braden Keith says:

      FINA’s rankings are neither up-to-date nor accurate. FINA only recognizes certain meets in their rankings – for example, the Tokyo Metropolitan Championships from last weekend will probably not make their way into FINA’s rankings, where several world-leading times were swum.

      • True says:

        That’s true Braden. Our swimmer swam a great time at last summer nationals and it has NEVER been added to the FINA database, even though it is noted with USA Swimming. Go figure? and No way to correct or add with them.

      • Shannon MacDonald says:

        Also, they missed 2014 Miami Super Challenge and 2014 Walker & Hall Classic in Auckland where World ranked swimmers Danielle De Francesco and Lauren Boyle put in some ranked times.

        • Ozswim says:

          Shannon congrats! great to have this addition on swimswam. Hope you’ll also keep an eye out for the Aussie contingent in US colleges.

  14. Gold Medal Mel Stewart says:

    …for SwimSwam it’s about integration (among other reasons as TEA mentions below), our ability to simply CHECK a box and have RANKINGS appear in reports to help tell the story.

  15. Tea says:

    It’s cool that swimswam is trying to become bigger and better. In swimming, and in life, you have to try new things if you want to improve.
    BUT – I am guessing that swimswam intends this will someday offer something that FINA doesn’t. Right now, FINA seems to do a pretty good job tracking times – it just doesn’t have glossy photos. (And some times from 09 are wacky because they were unsanctioned).

    What I would like are world rankings that include relay splits.

  16. DDias says:

    -Yards rankings would be great!
    -Should be(somewhere) a Top50 option(It would be great for a NCAA ranking because of the time cuts)
    -In 50 free, pay attention for something: in tenth place is Fratus, in 11th is Govorov, both with the SAME time(21.80).Govorov must be in tenth place because he made his time FIRST than Fratus.Watch out for mm/dd in the database rankings to respect precedence order(day-month-year).The fourth and fifth place(Adrian and Morozov with 21.47)is correct because Adrian made his time first.

  17. bobo gigi says:

    Good addition.
    Great to see swimswam improve more and more.

    About yards, I would rather write US yards rankings.
    I don’t know another country where yards are used.

    If you could also add the records somewhere in the website, it would be good as well. Like the world records, the American records, the European records, the college records, the high school records and the US age group records.
    I wouldn’t have to search them elsewhere.

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