USA Pentathlon Elite Level Recruitment Program

by SwimSwam 1

June 07th, 2022 News

Courtesy: Dr. Genadijus Sokolovas, Director of Recruitment/ Development/High Performance USA Pentathlon.

USA Pentathlon is looking to recruit high school and collegiate swimmers with a running background. The elite Junior/Senior level athlete recruitment program focuses on athletes who are in high school, college or post-grads and have fast swimming and running times with talent for other Pentathlon events. The ultimate goal of the elite level recruits is to compete at the international senior competitions, such as World Cups, World Championships, 2023-2027 Pan American games and 2024-2028 Olympic Games.

Benchmarks for the elite level recruits are based on their pentathlon points in swimming and running times as well as experience in other sports (see benchmarks below). Our goal is to recruit athletes who have enough swim+run points to qualify for USA Pentathlon training camps at the Olympic Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Benchmarks for Elite Level Recruits

Gender Swim Time

(200 m)

Run Time

(2 miles)

Pentathlon Score in Swim and Run Experience in Other Sports
Women 2:15

280 points

+/-1sec=2pts

11:45

595 points

+/-1sec=1pt

875 points or higher Fencing

Shooting

Other sports (combat sports, games, gymnastics, etc)

Men 2:05

300 points

+/-1sec=2pts

10:30

670 points

+/-1sec=1pt

970 points or higher Fencing

Shooting

Other sports (combat sports, games, gymnastics, etc)

Training Camp for Elite Level Recruits

USA Pentathlon is hosting a training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from August 17th to 21st. To qualify for the camp, female athletes should score 875 points in swimming and running (see the benchmarks above). Two examples of score for females:

  1. Swimming 200 meters 2:15 (280 pentathlon points) and running 2 miles in 11:45 (595 pentathlon points). Total 875 points.
  2. Swimming 200 meters 2:05 (300 pentathlon points) and running 2 miles in 12:05 (575 pentathlon points). Total 875 points.

Any combination of swimming and running times (faster swimming and slower running or slower swimming and faster running) that scores 875 qualifies female athletes for a free training camp.

To qualify for a camp, male athletes should score 970 points in swimming and running (see the benchmarks above). Two examples of score for males:

  1. Swimming 200 meters 2:05 (300 pentathlon points) and running 2 miles in 10:30 (670 pentathlon points). Total 970 points.
  2. Swimming 200 meters 1:55 (320 pentathlon points) and running 2 miles in 10:50 (650 pentathlon points). Total 970 points.

Any combination of swimming and running times (faster swimming and slower running or slower swimming and faster running) that scores 970 qualifies male athletes for a free training camp.

Athletes who have good swimming and running scores are invited to contact Dr. Genadijus Sokolovas at [email protected]. Please, also visit USA Pentathlon website www.usapentathlon.org.

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Penguin
3 months ago

Okay… this is interesting. Is it really a 200 LCM swim? A 2:05 seems way better than a 10:30. I’m a lifelong swimmer, swam D3 in college, and I never broke 2:10 in a 200 LCM free (I know, I know I suck at free). But I went a 5:02 1600m run in high school PE wearing skateboard shoes and no running training whatsoever, which should be pretty close to a 10:30 2 mile, right?

Can someone who runs and swims speak to this?