Wikipedia:WikiProject Swimming

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Welcome to WikiProject Swimming! This WikiProject is dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to competitive swimming and other aquatic sports.

Our goals
  • To provide guidelines and recommendations for articles that describe all aspects of swimming and water sports.
  • To improve Wikipedia's coverage of swimming and water sports by creating, expanding, and maintaining such articles.
  • To serve as the central point of discussion for issues related to swimming and water sports in Wikipedia.
Our scope
The project generally considers any article related to competitive swimming, long course swimming, short course swimming, open water swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, and participants, coaches and governing organizations of those disciplines to be within the scope of WikiProject Swimming.
Our structure
Internally, the project has developed several structural features to help in managing its extensive work:
  • Departments, which coordinate work on certain specialized tasks, such as peer review or project-wide collaboration.



The assessment department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's swimming and water sports articles. While much of the work is done in conjunction with the WP:1.0 program, the article ratings are also used within the project itself to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WP Swimming}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in a set of categories that serves as the basis for an automatically generated worklist.


The automation department uses various automated and semi-automated methods to perform batch tasks that would be extremely tedious to do manually; it collects requests for tasks, discusses whether they are suitable for automation, and attempts to match them with bot operators or users of semi-automated tools for implementation. All project members are invited to request tasks and to comment on the suitability of outstanding requests.

Peer review

The peer review department conducts peer reviews of swimming and water sports related articles on request; this helps to obtain ideas for further improvement by having contributors who may not have previously worked on particular articles examine them. Project members are invited to submit articles to the department in lieu of using the generic peer review process.


High priorities:

  1. Complete List of Commonwealth Games medallists in swimming (women), using List of Commonwealth Games medallists in swimming (men) as a template;
  2. Create List of Pan American Games medalists in swimming (men), using "List of Commonwealth Games medallists in swimming (men)" as a template (note: a combined list for men and women using a somewhat old-fashioned style already exists: List of Pan American Games medalists in swimming);
  3. Create List of Pan American Games medalists in swimming (women), using "List of Commonwealth Games medallists in swimming (men)" as a template;
  4. Fact-check 100% of the names, dates, distances, and locations for the swimming world record progression articles, starting with World record progression 100 metres freestyle, including inline footnotes to FINA records and newspaper accounts, if available.
  5. Add the current standardized Template:Infobox swimmer to all competitive swimmer biographies, using the current instructions and examples, starting with Olympic Games participants, and swimming medalists from the Commonwealth Games, European swimming championships, FINA world championships, Pan American Games, and Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.
  6. Create "start"-quality biographical articles, with inline citations to support the text, for all swimming medalists from the Olympics (1896 to present).
  7. Create "start"-quality biographical articles, with inline citations to support the text, for all medalists from the FINA world championships, long course (1973 to present) and short course (1993 to present).
  8. Create "start"-quality biographical articles, with inline citations to support the text, for all swimming medalists from the Commonwealth Games (1930 to present), and Pan American Games (1951 to present).
  9. Create "start"-quality biographical articles, with inline citations to support the text, for all medalists from the European swimming championships (1926 to present), and Pan Pacific Swimming Championships (1985 to present).
  10. Improve all articles for Olympic gold medalists in swimming to "B"-quality biographical articles, with proper coverage of the subject and inline citations to support the text.

Stock post message.svg To-do list for Wikipedia:WikiProject Swimming: edit  · history  · watch  · refresh

Here are some tasks awaiting attention:
  • Per WP:MOS, use   between numbers and units, e.g. 100 m, 2.2 s. in the case of "x" in a relay, use ×, i.e. 4×100 m.

Category tree

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Featured content

At this time, there are currently four swimming featured articles, meaning that they represent the best of Wikipedia:

There are also two featured lists:

Helpful online references

  • Australian Olympic Committee, Olympian Search (free online database of Australian Olympic athlete profiles)
  • Matthew De George, Duels in the Pool: Swimming's Greatest Rivalries, Scarecrow Press, Inc., Lanham, Maryland (2013). ISBN 978-0810891753. (portions available online for free preview)
  • Matthew De George, Pooling Talent: Swimming's Greatest Teams, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland (2014). ISBN 978-1-4422-3701-8. (portions available online for free preview)
  • FINA, Athletes Biographies (free online database of current notable international swimmers)
  • FINA, HistoFINA Olympic and World Aquatics Championships medalists (free online PDF listing of all medalists)
  • FINA, World and Olympic Swimming Records (free online PDF listing of current world records, broken out several different ways)
  •, Commonwealth Games Medallists (free online Commonwealth Games database service, including medallists and times)
  • Graham Groom, The Complete Book of the Commonwealth Games, Lulu Press, Raleigh, North Carolina (2013). (portions available online for free preview)
  • International Swimming Hall of Fame, List of Honorees by Last Name (free online database of ISHOF honoree profiles)
  • International Swimming Hall of Fame, List of Medalists, includes medalists for the Olympics (1896–2004), FINA World Championships (1973–2005), Pan Pacific Championships (1985–2002), Pan American Games (1951–2003), World University Games (1959–2005), Short Course World Championships (1993–2004). (freely archived from ISHOF original online PDF document)
  • John P. Lohn, Historical Dictionary of Competitive Swimming, Scarecrow Press, Inc., Lanham, Maryland (2010). ISBN 978-0810867758. (portions available online for free preview)
  • John P. Lohn, The Most Memorable Moments in Olympic Swimming, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland (2014). ISBN 978-1442236998. (portions available online for free preview)
  • David Maraniss, Rome 1960: The Olympics That Stirred the World, Simon & Schuster, New York, New York (2008). ISBN 978-1-4165-3407-5. (portions available online for free preview)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA Division I Men's Swimming & Diving, NCAA, Indianapolis, Indiana (2014). (free online PDF copy of NCAA championship records and results through 2014)
  •, Keyword Search (online subscription archive for historical newspapers -- free memberships available through Wikipedia)
  • The New York Times, Article Archive (online subscription newspaper article archive)
  • New Zealand Olympic Committee, New Zealand Medals (free online database of New Zealand medalists at Olympics and Commonwealth Games)
  • Steven Olderr, The Pan American Games: A Statistical History, 1951–1999, McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson, North Carolina (2009). ISBN 978-0-7864-4336-9. (portions available online for free preview)
  • Sports Illustrated, Vault (free online archive of 60+ years of American sports magazine articles)
  •, Olympic Athlete Directory (free online Olympics database service, including Olympic athlete profiles, team lists and event results; caution: please note that Sports-Reference incorrectly lists pre-1984 swimmers in preliminary heats of relays as medalists)
  • SwimSwam, News articles covering recent events and results
  • SwimVortex, News articles covering recent events and results
  • Swimming World Magazine, Swimming World News Archives (free online archive for last 20 years of swimming magazine articles)
  • USA Swimming, National Team Roster (free online database of current U.S. national team member profiles)
  • USA Swimming, World, American & U.S. Open Records (free online PDF listings of world, American and U.S. Open records, including record progressions)


Note: Please add your name to the bottom of the Active list if you would like to participate.

Active members

  1. Voltmetro
  2. Dirtlawyer1 (Improving U.S. Olympic swimmer articles)
  3. Eileen Sandá (Creating, editing and expanding articles about swimmers, mainly Faroese and Danish)
  4. Gap9551 (General updates and improvements)
  5. hooperswim
  6. Ianblair23
  7. matthewm192  Great Britain (making sure current articles are correct and up to date)
  8. miwii69 (Competitive swimmer, currently updating Olympic swimmers' bios)
  9. Philipmj24 (Creating, editing and expanding articles related to the great sport of swimming)
  10. Swimnteach
  11. User:Pink-seoul-judo (Expanding bios of Japan and China swimmers, mainly Seto, Hagino and Zhejiang-based)
  12. User:Spike789
  13. User:Yanjipy (Editing articles related to swimming)
  14. User:MiniHiba (Competitive swimmer, I expand articles about British swimmers)

Currently inactive members

  1. Becky Sayles*
  2. Collun (swimmer)*
  3. ErikTheBikeman (Current competitive swimmer)*
  4. Hapticfever (NCAA swimmer)*
  5. JZCL (water polo goalkeeper)*
  6. Lidos (British lido historian)*
  7. Puffin (swimmer since age 3)*
  8. User:Rauterkus (Wiki and open source advocate, swim coach in Pittsburgh, PA, USA)*
  9. SMARTSKAFT | ¿*
  10. Sportygeek (para-swimmer, Masters swimmer, Melbourne Vicentre)*
  11. Trulystand700*
  12. wpktsfs (Swimmer, Waterpolo player)
  13. Zeizmic
  14. Ryanjo
  15. Chief Captain
  16. hmwith
  17. Elderleo
  18. SSSq (diving)
  19. Lemonflash (talk · contribs · count)
  20. Ketsuekigata (Former Swimmer, Lifeguard)
  21. Iarescientists (Swimmer, Water Polo player, Lifeguard)
  22. Dive614c (Diver, Swimmer)
  23. Swimmtastic
  24. ask123 (competitive swimmer, 10 years)
  25. Jort227 (Water Polo player)
  26. Marco Polo Monkey Goes Bananas over Marco Polo!!! (Water Polo)
  27. Fattyjwoods Competitive Swimmer in New Zealand
  28. Boroughswimmer Swimming Club Administrator Australia
  29. Bgwwlm
  30. Jrssr5 (former competitive swimmer)
  31. Polluxian (like to find and initiate articles on international swimmers)
  32. MacMad
  33. Staffwaterboy Talk 23:49, 30 March 2008 (UTC) Im a Swimming Instructor also a Lifeguard
  34. Swimmtastic
  35. Printer222 (competitive swimmer)
  36. Yboy83 Populating and correcting pages for British swimmers, British records etc.
  37. jladams97 (former competitive swimmer)
  38. LizConno (former competitive swimmer & diver)
  39. Punters (swimmer and water polo player)
  40. Eriktoussaint (snorkeler and webmaster of, The Netherlands)
  41. mynameinc (Creating and expanding articles about East German swimmers)
  42. DeMoN2009 (former club swimmer, still enjoy swimming)
  43. ebgundy (High School Coach)
  44. Campms2
  45. Tambra07 (former competitive swimmer, lifeguard, water polo player, and syncro swimmer)
  46. User: Nickcampbell18 (UK University Lifesaver, qualified lifeguard)
  47. Ojay123 (talk) 14:22, 25 July 2009 (UTC)
  48. Dspyang (Competitive Age Group Swimmer)
  49. MeisMyself (Competitive Age Group Swimmer)
  50. cgsailor94 (Live Events scoring specialist, triathlete)
  51. CanadianWagon
  52. Tjsomethin (Competitive Age Group Swimmer)
  53. Theohar
  54. Seeya Olympics Games
  55. mad runnerist

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