Article via The Record – WATERLOO — Mady Palmer ties her bun a little higher, pulls her swim cap on, slips a small device in place at the back of her head and dives into the pool at the University of Waterloo.
The technology Palmer is using was invented and developed by two UW grads, one of whom swam for the university. The device collects and transmits data on a swimmer’s training that can be viewed by a coach standing poolside or retrieved from the cloud for later review.
Palmer is a fifth-year student and member of the UW swim team, which is using the technology from TritonWear for the first time during the current season.
“It’s really cool to see the data after,” Palmer said Tuesday after a demonstration of the technology. “You can see how far you go under water off your walls, how fast you are going in general.”
Swimming is a sport where a single second is parsed to determine winners. For example, legendary American swimmer Michael Phelps beat Serbia’s Milorad Cavic by 0.01877 of a second in the 100-metre butterfly final at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
So TritonWear’s technology, which helps swimmers maximize their training for the best performance on race day, is a welcome change from stopwatches and log books. Palmer’s specialties are the 400- and 800-metre freestyle events. She will train for about 1,000 hours in the pool for a single race.