"Men's swimwear shall be limited to one swimsuit that covers, at most, the body surface from hips to knee. Swimwear must not extend above the waist or below the knees [Read as jammers only]If the USMS is force to agree with these standards, I would own over $500 worth of suits that I couldn't wear to a meet. I am sure that there are other swimmers, who have way more money invested than I do.
Women's swimwear shall be limited to one swimsuit that is of "open back" and "open shoulder" designs that may extend down to the knee. Swimwear must not extend below the knees. [Read as a short-john with no zipper]
General: Swimwear must not have a zipper or any type of fastening system. All swimwear worn by competitors in Age Group Events (18 and under) conducted in Australia by SAL shall be commercially available products ..."
These three stories this year have placed our sport on "pop-culture's radar!" they include!
- Speedsuits (NASA said it was their biggest story)
- Michael Phelps (Sports Illustrated has magazines and books about him)
- Dara Torres (Masters swimming has never been bigger I bet?)
Here are some rhetorical question for "suit burners:"
- Did helmets, face masks and/or shoulder pads make American football less exciting or less pure of a sport?
- Has the swimming population decreased this year as a result of speedsuits or has it increased?
- Will there be more swimming related investment if speedsuits are banished?