Team Pursuit

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noun - Team pursuit is a type of competitive swimming event. It is a single- or mixed-gender relay swim of (generally) three swimmers who start, swim and finish together in an aquatic peloton. Each team is set off in staggered starts, generally separated by 30 – 60 seconds. The official time of the team is the time that the last swimmer finishes which places a premium on drafting, positioning, navigating, and pacing. The start order is randomly selected.

The Italian team won the European team pursuit race by drafting well.


Team time trial relays, open water pursuit, swimming peloton, aquatic peloton, team time trial, TTT

Team Pursuit Formations

Tripod or rotating arrow - shaped like an arrow with occasional changes of positions among the 3 swimmers
Arrow - no change in the positions among the 3 swimmers
Beeline - swimmers draft directly behind one another throughout the race
Rotating beeline or peloton - swimmers draft directly behind one another throughout the race, occasionally rotating positions
Hybrid - a combination of one or more of the other drafting techniques and formations

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