With the big advances in technology over the years, many neighborhood outdoor swimming pools now have automatic timing systems used for swim meets. That means those old hard plastic scoreboards with white backgrounds and black numbers that are hung up behind all six lanes to display the times, recorded by hand, of each swimmer during a race are no longer necessary.
Unfortunately, those old boards aren’t replaced by automatic scoreboards. So swimmers and spectators have no place to immediately look to find the times. Many pools, though, still use the old scoreboard system. Probably in time they won’t.
Another neat aspect about those scoreboards, is when setting any kind of records, swimmers can stand underneath the boards to have a photo taken, with the record time displayed above. That was the case for a Kent Gardens Dolphins girls relay team, shown in the photo with this blog, after setting a record this summer.
So those old scoreboards still serve a big purpose in different ways.
– Dave Facinoli