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Welcome to the astonishing Swimming Quiz!

Are you prepared to dive into your swimming knowledge and showcase your expertise in this aquatic sport?

We’ve crafted stimulating questions that will challenge your swimming wisdom to the limit.

Simply track your correct answers and check out our result table to see your performance.

So, take a deep breath, warm up your limbs, and let’s find out if you can make a splash with your swimming trivia prowess!

Table of Contents

1. What major swimming stroke requires the swimmer to stay face-down in the water?

  • A) Breaststroke
  • B) Butterfly
  • C) Freestyle

2. What strokes are used in Medley events?

  • A) Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke, Butterfly
  • B) Backstroke, Freestyle, Butterfly, Breaststroke
  • C) Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle

3. In which year did women first participate in Olympic swimming events?

  • A) 1900
  • B) 1912
  • C) 1924

4. How many lengths are swum in the Olympic 100m event in a 50m pool?

  • A) One
  • B) Two
  • C) Four

5. Who holds the highest number of Olympic swimming medals?

  • A) Michael Phelps
  • B) Ryan Lochte
  • C) Ian Thorpe

6. What assists swimmers in their flip turn during races?

  • A) Pool walls
  • B) Pool floats
  • C) Pool lane dividers

7. At what distance are the swimming events in the Olympic Games held?

  • A) 50m to 1500m
  • B) 100m to 800m
  • C) 200m to 2000m

8. What stroke does the Individual Medley event start with?

  • A) Breaststroke
  • B) Freestyle
  • C) Butterfly

9. What is the optimal body position for efficient swimming in freestyle?

  • A) Inclined position
  • B) Vertical position
  • C) Horizontal position

10. What is included in the free kicking styles in swimming?

  • A) Dolphin Kick
  • B) Flutter Kick
  • C) Both A and B

11. How long is a short course pool?

  • A) 25 meters
  • B) 50 meters
  • C) 100 meters

12. Which muscle group is primarily used during breaststroke?

  • A) Back muscles
  • B) Leg muscles
  • C) Chest muscles

13. How many swimmers are involved in a relay event?

  • A) One
  • B) Two
  • C) Four

14. Which swim stroke commonly uses a two-beat kick?

  • A) Butterfly stroke
  • B) Backstroke
  • C) Breaststroke

15. What is the term used when swimmers dive into the pool at the beginning of a race?

  • A) Plunge
  • B) Start
  • C) Springboard

16. What color is used for the central line of a swimming pool to mark the middle of the racing lane?

  • A) Red
  • B) Blue
  • C) Black

17. What stroke is often considered the most energy-efficient in swimming?

  • A) Freestyle
  • B) Backstroke
  • C) Breaststroke

18. What swimwear item is recommended for competitive swimmers to reduce water resistance?

  • A) Swimsuit
  • B) Swim cap
  • C) Goggles

19. What is the term used for the synchronized stroke used by two swimmers in one lane while swimming?

  • A) Tandem swimming
  • B) Circle swimming
  • C) Split swimming

20. Which of the following is a swimming technique used by swimmers to increase their speed underwater after pushing off the wall?

  • A) Flip turn
  • B) Streamline
  • C) Dolphin kick

21. Which swim stroke is known for being the fastest?

  • A) Freestyle
  • B) Butterfly
  • C) Breaststroke

22. What is the name of the platform swimmers stand on before diving into the pool?

  • A) Starting block
  • B) Dive board
  • C) Jump pad

23. What is the term used for the force acting against a swimmer’s forward motion in water?

  • A) Water resistance
  • B) Drag
  • C) Water friction

24. Which type of swim race involves each competitor swimming the same distance, one after the other?

  • A) Relay
  • B) Interval
  • C) Pursuit

25. In competitive swimming, what is the ideal number of breaths taken each stroke in freestyle?

  • A) One
  • B) Two
  • C) Three

26. What is the maximum number of swimmers in a single water polo team?

  • A) Seven
  • B) Twelve
  • C) Fifteen

27. In how many Olympic swimming events did Michael Phelps win gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Games?

  • A) Six
  • B) Seven
  • C) Eight

28. Which piece of equipment is held between the legs and used mainly for increasing arm strength during swimming practice?

  • A) Kickboard
  • B) Pull buoy
  • C) Fins

29. In a medley relay, what is the correct order of strokes swam by the second swimmer?

  • A) Freestyle
  • B) Backstroke
  • C) Breaststroke

30. How many lengths must be swum in a 400m Individual Medley event in a 50m pool?

  • A) Four
  • B) Six
  • C) Eight

31. What material is the Olympic swimming pool’s racing lane line made of?

  • A) Plastic
  • B) Rubber
  • C) Nylon

32. In competitive pool swimming, which body part should touch the wall first when finishing a backstroke race?

  • A) Hand
  • B) Head
  • C) Feet

33. How many swimmers compete in the final round of an Olympic swimming event?

  • A) Six
  • B) Eight
  • C) Ten


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- 50-64% Rookie Runner Not bad! Keep practicing, and you'll be a sports trivia champ in no time.
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-33 95-100% Legendary Champion Unbelievable! You're a true sports trivia master. Your knowledge knows no bounds!

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29. In a medley relay, what is the correct order of strokes swam by the second swimmer?

A) Freestyle
B) Backstroke
C) Breaststroke
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B) Backstroke

I believe the answer is incorrect. It should be (C).

Medley Realy is in this order: Back, Breast, Fly and Freestyle.

Max Kuch

Hey Ruth,
I double-checked, but Backstroke is the correct answer.

Here is Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medley_swimming

“These four strokes go in an order by Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and finally Freestyle.”.

Best regards,