When it comes to swimming, size does matter. We all know that the tallest swimmers tend to win. But does this rule also apply to smaller swimmers? The answer is a resounding no. The biggest advantage that tall swimmers have over short swimmers is their drive to win.
Being bigger or taller is an advantage in many sports.
But regardless of the size of swimmers, having good genetics sometimes gives you a huge (sometimes unfair) advantage in the pool. In 2016, Janet Evans, the Olympic champion, was only five feet, five inches taller than the average male.
The average swimmer in the Olympics was five inches taller than the world average. However, shorter swimmers did compete, with the shortest male and female competitors being only 5’1″. So does height really matter in swimming competition?
While there are some advantages to being tall, there are also some disadvantages. A swimmer with large legs, arms, and feet will have a higher resistance in the water. A smaller swimmer will have an advantage in this area, because he will be able to feel the water better.
A 5’11” swimmer can still be a competitive swimmer, just because his size doesn’t make him better than a smaller swimmer. Just look at the Yale or any college swimming men’s swim team: Many have different shapes and sizes who have different win streaks.