The IPS "International Point
Score" rating system was developed by Swimnews to allow comparisons
among different events. The IPS system assigns point values to swimming
performances, more points for world class performances typically 1000 or
more and fewer points for slower performances. The IPS system scores
events with values from 0 to 1100 points.
Point values are assigned at the start of each season based on all-time
performances. The IPS charts are revised yearly and have one set of
points for Short Course and another for Long Course.
The IPS points rating system allows for comparisons among various
events, swimmers of different sex, age, etc. It can even be used for
scoring competitions. This year it was used to score the FINA World Cup