IMX Info

Oakdale Swim Team uses the foundation of USA Swimming's program the IM Xtreme Challenge and IM Ready to help swimmers to become more diversified in the sport. Part of our philosophy is that if swimmers train for longer events like the 400 IM and 500 Free they will become more proficient in events like the 50 free or 200 IM. The IM Xtreme Challenge helps with that.


The IM Xteme Challenge Q & A


Q: What is IM Xtreme?

A: The IM Xtreme Challenge (IMX) according to USA Swimming is “motivational program where swimmers are scored on their performances in a combination of five or six events. The purpose of the program is to promote versatility in age group swimming while advocating greater participation and development across a range of events that are integral to long term success in swimming. By encouraging swimmers to swim a variety of events, we hope to avoid any tendency to specialize in narrow selection of events at a young age.”

In Short it is a program designed so swimmers are more well-rounded in the sport so they can have a greater chance of doing well in the long-run.


Q: How does it work?

A: Swimmers accumulate points in the IMX events at swim meets. Once a swimmer has obtained 1500 points, they have qualified for the IMX swim meet that is held once a year.

Q: What are the IMX events?

A: Each age group has its own set of events that swimmers must earn points in:

            10 – Under: 200 Free, 100 Fly, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 IM

            11 – 12: 500 Free, 100 Fly, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 IM

            13 – 18: 500 Free, 200 Fly, 200 Back, 200 Breast, 200 IM, 400 IM

Q: How do the points work?

A: This can be a bit complicated. Points are relatively based on a swimmer’s age, gender, event, and times. A swimmer earns points every time they do a best time in an IMX event. Here is an example of two swimmers of different ages with the same time in the same event

                        Swimmer A                                         Swimmer B

                        Age: 11                                               Age: 12

                        Gender: Female                                   Gender: Female

                        Event: 100 Fly                                    Event: 100 Fly

                        Old Time: 1:30.56                               Old Time: 1:30.56

                        Old Points: 133                                   Old Points: 58

                        New Time: 1:28.78                             New Time: 1:28.78

                        New Points: 165                                 New Points: 85

So the new point total for each swimmers race replaces the old points. Once a swimmer earns a cumulative of 1500 point from the IMX races they qualify.

Q: Where and when is the meet?

A: The IMX meet is Mesa, Arizona, mid november

Q: What is the qualifying period?

A: The qualifying period starts September 1st of the previous year to the day of the meet. 

Q: How do the travel plans work?

A: The team books all of the flights, hotel room, and rental car for the meet and bills you later for your swimmers cost. We do it this way so everyone is on the same page and it makes logistics easier. We have two ways of paying for the trip: 1. pay up front or 2. Monthly payments that will come out of your swim team account.

Q: What if my swimmer qualifies but ages up before the meet can they still go?

A: Yes, once a swimmer qualifies they can swim at the meet. However, if a swimmer ages up from 10 to 11, or 12 to 13 they must compete in that age groups events at the meet.