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Swimming turn performance significantly contributes to overall swimming performance. Consequently, the characteristics that determine superior performance of the turn are of interest for performance improvement. The present study aimed to characterise the biomechanical properties of the swimming turn amongst an elite level population and identify any characteristic differences between genders and turn type. To achieve this aim retrospective data collected from the Wetplate Analysis System was analysed. Data provided from this system reported 26 parameters related to swimming turn performance. Analysis identified significant differences between the characteristics of the freestyle and butterfly turn, and between the turns of male and female athletes. Results from the present study are of interest for the development of turn-specific training interventions.