The Callout: April 2, 2012

by Davis Wuolle 8

April 02nd, 2012 News, Opinion

The Calllout is a weekly editorial piece that highlights the “Good Calls” and the “Bad Calls” in swimming from the week prior.

Bad Call

This week’s Bad Call goes to Omega Timing.  I’m going to take you way back here to a time when Michael Phelps was bursting onto the scene with a fabulous performance at the World Championships in 2003.  At thirteen years old, I logged into my fresh installation of Windows XP on my state of the art Pentium 3 computer and navigated to Omega Timing’s website on my zippy “high-speed” DSL connection.  Then I waited fifteen minutes as the PDF file from each event slowly downloaded.  It was exciting, almost like watching the race live.  The progress bars were like the swimmers, often dying in the last 15 meters of the race.

Omega Timing Live Results haven't been updated since the early 2000's


Unlike Omega Timing’s site, swimmers have actually gotten faster.  Omega Timing is still using the same “live” results system they used for the 2003 World Championships.  The only real change they’ve made is a switch from black to white.  Now I know the company has a long history of providing classic timing systems, but this is not the place to be practicing that philosophy.  Users want fast and easy access to results and if Omega Timing can’t provide that, even with all the big sponsorship money they can provide to some events, meet managers are going to switch timers (I hope).  Bad Call Omega Timing, for living in the stone age of the internet and not improving your results system.

Good Call

Amanda Beard on the cover of Playboy Magazine

Those were the days...

I know some of you are finding this a little played out but … this week’s good call goes to Nathan Adrian for exposing himself to the world via a suit that was a little too snug.  Or maybe it goes to Speedo, for providing a suit of questionable reliability.  It may even go to Tim Binning, for being there at just the right moment to capture the glorious images that drew the attention of Yahoo! Sports.  Or maybe it goes to all of you, for providing the perfect storm of events to bring my floating ship of a budding website down in a ball of flames.  Though you may have ruined my weekend by forcing me to put out server fires left and right, I know you made the day of just about every swim mom who tediously sits through meets secretly hoping for this kind of thing to happen.  Good call Nathan Adrian, for providing the kind of ass swimming hasn’t seen since Amanda Beard hit Playboy.

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10 years ago

If all you guys put your heads together and came up with a better way to do it, you could sell it to OMEGA for some really big bucks!and while you are at it, we need a new live results app in time for the BIG MEETS this summer!
We have been relying on Braden to keep us up on whats happening minute by minute and he does a fantastic job.But he can’t be everywhere at once…or can he?

10 years ago

I agree that Omegalivetiming needs to modernize their site/system. Especially their live window.

10 years ago

Agreed all around.

10 years ago

I’d like to nominate the NCAA, Seattle University and for their phenomenal live results as well.

Reply to  swimmer
10 years ago

Davis just straight-up geeked out all over all of us.

10 years ago

What! The Omega system is sooooooooooooooo much better than the piece of junk Hy-Tek uses it’s not even funny. Granted the new live window that you can’t re-size isn’t that great, but at least you get live results (i.e. splits as they happen) and aren’t dependent on some volunteer timer remembering to hit F11 after each race.

Reply to  tallswimmer
10 years ago

Neither is a great system. What sucks about Omega is that it doesn’t hold on to the splits. And then it can’t handle para and Olympic results at the same time.

Reply to  tallswimmer
10 years ago

You’re right, Hy-Tek’s isn’t great either. I mean nobody should be using frames these days. The benefit of it though is that it loads super fast.